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5. But still the lustre of thy grace
Our warmer thoughts employs,
Hymn 165. c. M.
1. LET av'rice, borne from shore to shore,
Her fav'rite god pursue;
Thy word, O Lord, we value more,
2. Here mines of knowledge, love and joy
3. The counsels of redeeming grace-
4. Here light descending from above
3. Ournum'rous griefs are here redrest
6. For these inestimable gains
That so enrich the mind,
O may we search with eager pains,
Hymn 166. c. M.
ATHER of mercies, in thy word
For ever be thy name ador'd
For these celestial lines.
2. Here, may the wretched sons of want
Riches, above what earth can grant,
3. Here the fair tree of knowledge grows
4. Here, the Redeemer's welcome voice Spreads heav'nly peace around; And life, and everlasting joys
Attend the blissful sound.
5. O may these heav'nly pages be
And still new beauties may I see,
6. Divine instructor, gracious Lord!
Teach me to love thy sacred word,
Hymn 168. L. M.
GOD, in the Gospel of his Son,
Makes his eternal counsels known;
"Tis here his richest mercy shines, And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
2. Here sinners of a humble frame
May taste his grace, and learn his name; "Tis writ in characters of blood Severely just, immensely good. 3. Here Jesus, in ten thousand ways, His soul-attracting charms displays, Recounts his poverty and pains, And tells his love in melting strains.
4. Wisdom its dictates here imparts,
To form our minds, to cheer our hearts; Its infl'ence makes the sinner live, It bids the drooping saint revive. 5. Our raging passions it controuls, And comfort yields to contrite souls; It brings a better world in view, And guides us all our journey thro.' 6. May this blest volume ever lie Close to my heart, and near my eye, "Till life's last hour my soul engage, And be my chosen heritage!
Hymn 168. L. M.
The Gospel is the power of God to salvation, Rom. 1.16.
THAT shall the dying sinner do,
That seeks relief for all his woe!
2. How shall we get our crimes forgiv❜n,
4. This is the pillar of our hope,
Hymn 169. c. M.
HALL Atheists dare insult the cross
Shall Infidels revile his truth,
4. What if the men, despis'd on earth,
This but confirms his truth the more,
5. Then let our faith be firm and strong,
Hymn 170. L. M.
HIS is the word of truth and love, Sent to the nations from above; Jehovah here resolves to shew What his Almighty grace can do. 2. This remedy did wisdom find, To heal diseases of the mind; This sovʼreign balm, whose virtues can Restore the ruin'd creature, man.
3. The gospel bids the dead revive, Sinners obey the voice and live;
Dry bones are rais'd, and cloth'd afresh, And hearts of stone are turn'd to flesh. 4. May but this grace my soul renew, Let sinners gaze and hate me too; The word that saves me does engage A sure defence from all their rage.
Hymn 171. L. M.
WAS by an order from the Lord,
The ancient prophets spoke his word; His Spirit did their tongues inspire,
And warm'd their hearts with heav'nly fire. 2. The works and wonders which they wrought, Confirm'd the messages they brought; The prophet's pen succeeds his breath, To save the holy words from death. 3. Great God! mine eyes with pleasure look On the dear volume of thy book: There my Redeemer's face I see, And read his name who died for me. 4. Let the false raptures of the mind Be lost and vanish in the wind: Here I can fix my hope secure ; This is thy word, and must endure.
Hymn 172. c. M.
E sons of earth prepare the plough;
The sower is gone forth to sow,
2. The seed that finds a stony soil,
3. The thorny ground is sure to baulk
4. The beaten path and highway side
The watchful birds the spoil divide,