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Verily Thou art a God that hidest Thyself.-Isa. xlv. 15.
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OUNTAINS by the darkness hidden 4 0, the bright, the vast creation
Are as real as in the day;

Can be terrible and stern:
Be, then, unbelief forbidden

From its stroke be no salvation,
In a dreary hour to say,

Though on every side we turn :
God hath left us,

Lord of nature,
O why hath He gone away?'

Then to Thee our spirits yearn. 2 When He folds the cloud about Him, 5 Calm and blest is our composure, Firm within it stands His throne ;

When the secret is possessed,
Wherefore should His children doubt Him,--- That our God, in full disclosure,
Those to whom His love is known !

Hath to us His heart expressed :
God is with us,

Thou, O Saviour,
We are never left alone.

Hast been given to give us rest. 3 Travellers at night, by fleeing,

6 Space and time, O Lord, that show Thee Cannot run into the day ;

Oft in power veiling good, God can lead the blind and seeing,

Are too vast for us to know Thee
On Him wait, and for Him stay ;

As our trembling spirits would :
Be not fearful,

But in Jesus,
They who cannot sing can

Father ! Thou art understood.

T. T. Lynch

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Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and ... not evil ? JOB ii. 10.

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(4) REDEMPTION.

5 His every word of grace is strong 65 He is faithful that promised.

As that which built the skies ;
-HEB. X. 23.

The voice that rolls the stars along BEGIN, my tongue, some heavenly Speaks all the promises. thenie,

mf 6 O might I hear Thy heavenly tongue And speak some boundless thing;

But whisper. Thou art rine,'
The mighty works, or mightier name cr Those gentle words should raise my song
Of our eternal King.

of To notes almost divine.

1. Watts, 2 Tell of His wondrous faithfulness,

And sound His power abroad ; 66 So great salvation.-HEB. ii. 3.
Sing the sweet promise of His grace,

sound ! And the performing God.

"Tis pleasure to our ears ;

A sovereign balm for every wound, 3 Proclaim salvation from the Lord

A cordial for our fears.
For wretched, dying men;

p 2 Buried in sorrow and in sin,
Hlis band has writ the sacred word

At hell's dark door we lay ;
With an immortal pen.

But we arise by grace divine

To see a heavenly day. 4 Engraved as in eternal brass,

s 3 Salvation ! let the echo fly
The mighty promise shines ;

The spacious earth around,
Nor can the powers of darkness rase

While all the armies of the sky
Those everlasting lines.

Conspire to raise the sound.

1. Watts,

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The second man is the Lord from heaven.-1 COR. SV. 47.

4 And that a higher gift than grace
PRAISE to the Holiest in the height,

Should flesh and blood refine,
In all His words most wonderful,

God's presence, and His very self,
Most sure in all His ways.

And essence all-Divine. mf 2 O loving wisdom of our God !

5 O generous love ! that He, who smote When all was sin and shame,

In Man for man the foe,
A second Adam to the fight,

dim The double agony in Man
And to the rescue came.

For man should undergo ; 3 O wisest love! that flesh and blood, p 6 And in the garden secretly, Which did in Adam fail,

And on the cross on high,
Should strive afresh against the foe,

Should teach His brethren, and inspire
Should strive and should prevail ;

To suffer and to die !
of 7 Praise to the Holiest in the height,

And in the depth be praise ;
In all His words most wonderful,
Most sure in all His ways.

J. H. Newman.

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68 His mercy is everlasting.-Ps. c. 5. 69 By the grace of God I am what I am.

1 COR. xv. 10.
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TAY.easiles and exhausted love,

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ALL that I was, my sin, my guilt

, Delights our evil to remove,

all And help our misery.

mf All that I am I owe to Thee, 2 Thou waitest to be gracious still ;

My gracious God, alone.
Thou dost with sinners bear;
That, saved, we may l'hy goodness feel, p 2 The evil of my former state
And all Thy grace declare.

Was mine, and only mine; 3 Thy goodness and Thy truth to me,

mf The good in which I now rejoice
To every-soul, abound ;

Is Thine, and only Thine.
A vast, unfathomable sea,

p 3 The darkness of my former night, Where all our thoughts are drowned.

The bondage, all was mine; 4 Its streams the whole creation reach,

The light of life in which I walk,
So plenteous the store ;

The liberty, is Thine.
Enough for all, enough for each,
Enough for evermore.

4 Thy grace that made me feel my sin, 5 Faithful, O Lord, Thy mercies are,

Bade me in Christ believe:
A rock that cannot move;

Then, in believing, peace I found,
A thousand promises declare

And now in Christ I live.
Thy constancy of love.

5 All that I am, e'en here on earth,
6 Throughout the universe it reigns,
Unalterably sure ;

All that I hope to be
And while the truth of God remains,

When Jesus comes, and glory dawns,
Thy goodness must endure.

I owe it, Lord, to Thee.
C. Wesley.

I. Bonar.

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