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L. M.

Primitive Christianity.


APPY the souls that first believed,


To Jesus and each other cleaved, Joined by the unction from above

In mystic fellowship of love.


2 Meek, simple followers of the Lamb,
They lived, and spake, and thought the same;
They joyfully conspired to raise
Their ceaseless sacrifice of praise.

3 With grace abundantly endued,
A pure, believing multitude,

They all were of one heart and soul,
And only love inspired the whole.

4 0 what an age of golden days!
O what a choice, peculiar race!
Washed in the Lamb's all-cleansing blood,
Anointed kings and priests to God!

5 Ye different sects, who all declare,

"Lo, here is Christ!" or, "Christ is there!" Your stronger proofs divinely give,

And show me where the Christians live.

6 The gates of hell cannot prevail;
The church on earth can never fail;
Ah, join me to thy secret ones!
Ah, gather all thy living stones!

7 Scattered o'er all the earth they lie,
Till thou collect them with thine eye,
Draw by the music of thy name,
And charm into a beauteous frame.

8 For this the pleading Spirit groans, And cries in all thy banished ones; Greatest of gifts, thy love impart, And make us of one mind and heart. 9 Join every soul that looks to thee In bonds of perfect charity;



Now, Lord, the glorious fulness give,
And all in all for ever live!

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JESUS, from whom all blessings flow,

Great builder of thy church below,
If now thy Spirit moves my breast,
Hear, and fulfil thine own request !
2 The few that truly call thee Lord,
And wait thy sanctifying word,
And thee their utmost Saviour own,
Unite, and perfect them in one.
3 0 let them all thy mind express,
Stand forth thy chosen witnesses,
Thy power unto salvation show,
And perfect holiness below!

4 In them let all mankind behold
How Christians lived in days of old,
Mighty their envious foes to move,
A proverb of reproach-and love.
5 From every sinful wrinkle free,
Redeemed from all iniquity,

The fellowship of saints make known;
And, O my God, might I be one!

60 might my lot be cast with these,
The least of Jesu's witnesses!

O that my Lord would count me meet
To wash his dear disciples' feet!

7 This only thing do I require :
Thou knowest 'tis all my heart's desire
Freely what I receive to give,
The servant of thy church to live;

8 After my lowly Lord to go,
And wait upon thy saints below;
Enjoy the grace to angels given,
And serve the royal heirs of heaven.

9 Lord, if I now thy drawings feel,
And ask according to thy will,
Confirm the prayer, the seal impart,
And speak the answer to my heart.


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TAKER, Saviour of mankind,
Who hast on me bestowed

An immortal soul, designed
To be the house of God;
Come, and now reside in me,
Never, never to remove;

Make me just and good, like thee,
And full of power and love.

2 Bid me in thy image rise,
A saint, a creature new,
True, and merciful, and wise,
And pure, and happy too.
This thy primitive design,

That I should in thee be blest,
Should within the arms divine
For ever, ever rest.

3 Let thy will on me be done;
Fulfil my heart's desire,
Thee to know and love alone,
And rise in raptures higher;




Thee, descending on a cloud,
When with ravished eyes I see,
Then I shall be filled with God
To all eternity!


10s & 11 s.

EJOICE evermore With angels above, Jo Jesus's power, In Jesus's power, In Jesus's love: With glad exultation Your triumph proclaim, Ascribing salvation To God and the Lamb.

2 Thou, Lord, our relief In trouble hast been;
Hast saved us from grief, Hast saved us from sin;
The power of thy Spirit Hath set our hearts free,
And now we inherit All fulness in thee;

3 All fulness of peace, All fulness of joy,
And spiritual bliss That never shall cloy:
To us it is given In Jesus to know
A kingdom of heaven, A heaven below.

4 No longer we join While sinners invite,
Nor envy the swine Their brutish delight;
Their joy is all sadness, Their mirth is all vain,
Their laughter is madness, Their pleasure is pain.

5 0 might they at last With sorrow return,
The pleasures to taste For which they were born;
Our Jesus receiving, Our happiness prove,
The joy of believing, The heaven of love!


6-7 s.

1 TEARY souls, that wander wide
From the central point of bliss,

Turn to Jesus crucified,

Fly to those dear wounds of his :

Sink into the purple flood;
Rise into the life of God!

2 Find in Christ the way of peace,
Peace unspeakable, unknown;
By his pain he gives you ease,
Life by his expiring groan;
Rise, exalted by his fall,
Find in Christ your all in all.
3 O believe the record true,

God to you his Son hath given !
Ye may now be happy too,

Find on earth the life of heaven,
Live the life of heaven above,
All the life of glorious love.
4 This the universal bliss,

Bliss for every soul designed,
God's original promise this,
God's great gift to all mankind:
Blest in Christ this moment be!
Blest to all eternity!


S. M.

E simple souls that stray
Far from the path of peace,

That lonely, unfrequented way
To life and happiness,

Why will ye folly love,

And throng the downward road, And hate the wisdom from above, And mock the sons of God?

2 Madness and misery

Ye count our life beneath;
And nothing great or good can see,
Or glorious, in our death:

As only born to grieve,
Beneath your feet we lie;

And utterly contemned we live,
And unlamented die.


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