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Hymn 273. L. M..

But holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Pet. i. 21.


[NSPIRER of the ancient seers,


Who wrote from thee the sacred page, The same through all succeeding years; To us and our degenerate age

2 While now thine oracles we read,

With earnest prayer and strong desire, O let the Spirit from thee proceed, Our souls t' awaken and inspire. 3 Whene'er in error's path we rove,

The living God through sin forsake; Our conscience by thy word reprove, Convince and bring the wand'rers back, 4 The sacred lessons of thy grace, Transmitted through thy word, repeat; And train us up in all thy ways, To make us in thy will complete.

Hymn 274. L. M.

But the Spirit giveth life. 2 Cor. iii. 6.
Tnd breathe the life into our heart:
HE Spirit of thy word impart,

Our weakness help, our darkness chase,
And guide us by the light of grace.
2. Deep wounded by the Spirit's sword,
And then by Gilead's balm restor❜d;
Fulfil thy love's redeeming plan,
And bring us to a perfect man.

3 Furnish'd out of thy treasury,
To help the souls redeem'd by thee;
To teach, convince, correct, reprove,
And build them up in holiest love.

Hymn 275. C. M.

And it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous 2 Tim. iii. 16.


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THE counsels of redeeming grace,
The sacred leaves unfold;
And here the Saviour's lovely face,
Our raptur'd eyes behold.

2 Here light, descending from above,
Directs our doubtful feet;
Here promises of heavenly love
Our ardent wishes meet.

3 Our numerous griefs are here redress'd,
And all our wants supplied:
Nought we can ask to make us blest,
Is in this book denied.

4 For these inestimable gains,
That so enrich the mind;

O may we search with eager pains,
Assur'd that we shall find.

Hymn 276. C. M.

The law of thy mouth is better unto me that thousands of gold and silver. Ps. cxix. 72. ATHER of mercies, in thy word What endless glory shines!



For ever be thy name ador'd

For these celestial liues.

2 Here may the wretched sons of want
Exhaustless riches find;
Riches, above what earth can grant,
And lasting as the mind.

3 Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast;
Sublimer sweets than nature knows,
Invite the longing taste.

4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice,-
Spreads heavenly peace around;
And life, and everlasting joys,
Attend the blissful sound.

5 O may these heavenly pages be
My ever-dear delight;
And still new beauties may I
And still increasing light.


& Divine Instructer, gracious Lord, Be thou for ever near;

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Teach me to love thy sacred word,
And view my Saviour there.


Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. Luke xxii. 28.

And that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Acts xiv. 22.

Hymn 277. P. M.

My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths. Dan. vi. 22.

1G and let thy power be seen;

OD of Daniel, hear my prayer,

Stop the lion's mouth, and bear
Me safe out of his den:
Save me in this dreadful hour;
Earth, and hell, and nature join ;
All stand ready to devour
This helpless soul of mine.

2 No way to escape I see,

The sure approaching death:
Vain are all my hopes to flee
Out of the lion's teeth:
In the mire of sin I lie,

In the dungeon of despair;
Hear my lamentable cry,
O God of Daniel, hear!

3 Thee I serve, my Lord, my God!
In me thy power display:
Save me, save me, and now rok
The lion of his prey.

"Angel of the covenant,
Jesus, mighty to retrieve,
Let him to my help be sent :
In Jesus I believe.

4 Save me for thine own great name,
That all the world may know
Daniel's God is still the same,
And reigns supreme below:
Him let all mankind adore;
Spread his glorious name abroad:
Tremble all, and bow before
The great, the living God!

Hymn 278. L. M.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God. 1 Pet. iv. 17.

10 God, thy righteousness we own!

Judgment is at thy house begun!
With humble awe thy rod we bear,
And guilty in thy sight appear.
2 Our mouth as in the dust we lay,
And still for mercy, mercy pray!
Unworthy to behold thy face;
Unfaithful stewards of thy grace.

3 We have not, Lord, thy gifts improv'd,
But basely from thy statutes rov'd;
And done thy loving Spirit despite,
And sinn'd against the clearest light.
4 Yet do not drive us from thy face,
A stiff-neck'd and hard-hearted race :
Thy soft'ning power of love impart,
And melt the hardness of our heart.

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