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3. Be thou, O Rock of Ages, nigh!
So shall each murm'ring thought be gone! And grief, and fear, and care shall fly, As clouds before the mid-day sun.
4. Speak to my warring passions: "Peace;" Say to my troubled heart: “Be still :" Thy pow'r my strength and fortress is,
For all things serve thy sov'reign will. 5. O death! where is thy sting? where now, Thy boasted victory, O grave ? 1 Who shall contend with God? or who Can hurt whom God delights to save ?
V. THE FALL AND TEMPTATION OF MAN.
Hymn 157. c. M.
BACKWARD with humble shame we look
On our original;
How is our nature dash'd and broke
2. To all that's good averse, and blind,
3. Wild and unwholesome as the root, Will all the branches be:
How can we hope for living fruit
4. Yet, mighty God, thy wond'rous love Can make our nature clean,
While Christ and grace prevail above
3. The second Adam shall restore
Hymn 158. c. M.
ITH tears of anguish I lament,
My passion, pride, and discontent,
2. Sure there was ne'er a heart so base
3. My reason tells me, thy commands
4. Reason I hear, her counsels weigh,
5. How long, dear Saviour, shall I feel
6. Break, sov'reign grace, O break the charm, And set the captive free:
Reveal, Almighty God, thine arm,
Infects our vital blood:
The only balm is sov❜reign grace,
2. Our beauty and our strength are fled, And we draw near to death:
But Christ, the Lord, recails the dead With his almighty breath.
3. Madness, by nature, reigns within,
4. The man, possess'd among the tombs
Hymn 160. c. M.
I. REAT king of glory and of grace!
2. From Adam flows our tainted blood,
3. We live estrang'd afar from God,
4. And can such rebels be restor❜d?
Hymn 161. L. M.
ET the wild leopards of the wood
Then may the wicked turn to God, And change their tempers and their lives. 2. As well might Ethiopian slaves Wash out the darkness of their skin: The dead as well may leave their graves, As old transgressors cease to sin, 3. Where vice has held its empire long, 'Twill not endure the least controul; None but a pow'r divinely strong, Can turn the current of the soul.
4. Great God! I own thy pow'r divine,
Hymn 162. c. x.
IN has a thousand treach'rous arts
With flatt'ring looks she tempts our hearts, But leaves a sting behind,
2. With names of virtue she deceives
The aged and the
And while the heedless wretch believes.
3. She pleads for all the joys she brings,
But cheats the soul of heav'nly things,
4. So on a tree divinely fair
Hymn 163. L. M.
ROAD is the road that leads to death,
But wisdom shews the narrow path,
VI. THE SCRIPTURES, DOCTRINES, AND INVITATIONS OF THE SCRIPTURES.
1. THE SCRIPTURES.
Hymn 164. c. M.
HE Lord descending from above,
While pow'r and truth, and boundless love
2. Here, in thy gospel's wond'rous frame, Fresh wisdom we pursue;
A thousand angels learn thy name,
3. Thy name is writ in fairest lines,
4. The law its best obedience owes To our incarnate God!
And thy revenging justice shows