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184. C. M. TATE & BRADY.

God's perfect Law. Ps. 19.
1 God's perfect law converts the soul,

Reclaims from false desires;
With sacred wisdom his sure word

The ignorant inspires.
2 The statutes of the Lord are just,

And bring sincere delight;
His pure commands in search of truth

Assist the feeblest sight.
3 His perfect worship here is fixed,

On sure foundations laid;
His equal laws are in the scales

Of truth and justice weighed. 4 But what frail man observes how oft

He does from virtue fall ? O! cleanse me from my secret faults,

Thou God, that know'st them all. 5 Let no presumptuous sin, O Lord,

Dominion have o'er me; That, by thy grace preserved, I may

The great transgression flee.


C. M. MONTGOMERY. Perfection of the Law and Testimony. Ps. 19. 1 Thy law is perfect, Lord of light,

Thy testimonies sure;
The statutes of thy realm are right,

And thy commandment pure.

2 Let these, O God, my soul convert,

And make thy servant wise :
Let these be gladness to my ears,

The dayspring to mine eyes.
3 By these may I be warned betimes;

Who knows the guile within ?
Lord, save me from presumptuous crimes,

Cleanse me from secret sin.
4 So may the words my lips express,

The thoughts that throng my mind,
O Lord, my strength and righteousness,

With thee acceptance find.


Praise to God for his Word. Ps. 56. 1 Join, all ye servants of the Lord,

To praise him for his sacred word,
That word like manna, sent from heaven,
To all who seek it freely given:
Its promises our fears remove,

And fill our hearts with joy and love.
2 It tells us, though oppressed with cares,

The God of mercy hears our prayers;
Though steep and rough the appointed way,
His mighty arm shall be our stay;
Though deadly foes assail our peace,

His power shall bid their malice cease. 3 It tells who first inspired our breath,

And who redeemed our souls from death;
It tells of grace, grace freely given,
And shows the path to God and heaven:
O bless we then our gracious Lord,
For all the treasures of his word !


Study of God's Word. Ps. 112. 1 HAPPY the children of the Lord,

Who, walking in his sight,
Make all the precepts of his word

Their study and delight. 2 That precious wealth shall be their dower

Which cannot know decay,
Which moth or rust shall ne'er devour.

Nor spoiler take away. 3 For them that heavenly light shall spread,

Whose cheering rays illume
The darkest hours of life, and shed

A halo round the tomb.
4 Their works of piety and love,

Performed through Christ their Lord,
Forever registered above,

Shall meet a sure reward.


C. M. WATTS. Instruction from Scriptures. Ps. 119. 1 How shall the young secure their hearts

And guard their lives from sin ?
Thy word the choicest rules imparts,

To keep the conscience clean. 2 When once it enters to the mind,

It spreads such light abroad,
The meanest souls instruction find,
And raise their thoughts to God.

3 'T is like the sun, a heavenly light,

That guides us all the day; And through the dangers of the night,

A lamp to lead our way.
4 The starry heavens thy rule obey,

The earth maintains her place;
And these thy servants, night and day,

Thy skill and power express.
5 But still thy law and gospel, Lord,

Have lessons more divine;
Not earth stands firmer than thy word,

Nor stars so nobly shine.
6 Thy word is everlasting truth;

How pure is every page!
That holy book shall guide our youth,

And well support our age.


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Excellence of the Scriptures. Ps. 119. 1 LET all the heathen writers join

To form one perfect book,
Great God, if once compared with thine,

How mean their writings look!
2 Not the most perfect rules they gave

Could show one sin forgiven,
Nor lead a step beyond the grave;

But thine conduct to heaven.
3 I've seen an end of what we call

Perfection here below;
How short the powers of nature fall,

And can no farther go !

4. Our faith and love, and every grace,

Fall far below thy word;
But perfect truth and righteousness

Dwell only with the Lord.


C. M. Watts. The Word of God our Portion. Ps. 119. 1 Lord, I have made thy word my choice,

My lasting heritage ;
There shall my noblest powers rejoice,

My warmest thoughts engage. 2 I'll read the histories of thy love,

And keep thy laws in sight,
While through the promises I rove

With ever fresh delight. 3 'Tis a broad land of wealth unknown,

Where springs of life arise;
Seeds of immortal bliss are sown,

And hidden glory lies.
4 The best relief that mourners have;

It makes our sorrows blest:
Our fairest hope beyond the grave,

And our eternal rest.

191. C. M. TATE & BRADY.

Divine Instruction implored. Ps. 119.
1 INSTRUCT me in thy statutes, Lord !

Thy righteous paths display;
And I from them, through all my life,

Will never go astray.

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