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The sense of acceptance to give,

And sprinkle his heart with the blood. 2 With me if of old thou hast strove, And strangely withheld from my sin, And tried, by the lure of thy love, My worthless affections to win ; The work of thy mercy revive, Thy uttermost mercy exert, And kindly continue to strive, And hold, till I yield thee my heart.

3 Thy call if I ever have known,

And sighed from myself to get free, And groaned the unspeakable groan, And longed to be happy in thee; Fulfil the imperfect desire,

Thy peace to my conscience reveal,
The sense of thy favour inspire,
And give me my pardon to feel.

4 If when I had put thee to grief,
And madly to folly returned,
Thy pity hath been my relief,
And lifted me up as I mourned;
Most pitiful Spirit of grace,
Relieve me again, and restore,
My spirit in holiness raise,

To fall and to suffer no more.

5 If now I lament after God,

And gasp for a drop of thy love, If Jesus hath bought thee with blood, For me to receive from above; Come, heavenly Comforter, come, True witness of mercy divine, And make me thy permanent home, And seal me eternally thine!

7s & 6s (1-8). The Pool of Bethesda. John v. 2-9. 166



take sins
my away,
And make me know thy name!
Thou art now, as yesterday

And evermore, the same;
Thou my true Bethesda be;
I know within thine arms is room,
All the world may unto thee,
Their House of Mercy, come.

2 Mercy then there is for me,
(Away my doubts and fears!)
Plagued with an infirmity

For many tedious years.
Jesus, cast a pitying eye!

Thou long hast known my desperate case;
Poor and helpless here I lie,

And wait the healing grace.

3 Long hath thy good Spirit strove
With my distempered soul,
But I still refused thy love,

And would not be made whole;
Hardly now at last I yield,
I yield with all my sins to part;
Let my soul be fully healed,

And throughly cleansed my heart.

4 Pain, and sickness, at thy word,
And sin, and sorrow flies:
Speak to me, Almighty Lord,
And bid my spirit rise!
Bid me bear the hallowed cross,

Which thou, my Lord, hast borne before;
Walk in all thy righteous laws,

And go and sin no more.


7s & 6s (1-8).

1 AMB of God, for sinners slain,
To thee I feebly pray;
Heal me of my grief and pain,
O take my sins away!

From this bondage, Lord, release,
No longer let me be opprest;
Jesus, Master, seal my peace,
And take me to thy breast!

2 Wilt thou cast a sinner out
Who humbly comes to thee?
No, my God, I cannot doubt
Thy mercy is for me;
Let me then obtain the grace,
And be of paradise possest;
Jesus, Master, seal my peace,
And take me to thy breast!

3 Worldly good I do not want,
Be that to others given;
Only for thy love I pant,

My all in earth and heaven;
This the crown I fain would seize,
The good wherewith I would be blest;
Jesus, Master, seal my peace,

And take me to thy breast!

4 This delight I fain would prove,
And then resign my breath;
Join the happy few whose love
Was mightier than death.
Let it not my Lord displease
That I would die to be thy guest;
Jesus, Master, seal my peace,
And take me to thy breast!





8-7 s.


EPTH of mercy! can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God his wrath forbear?
Me, the chief of sinners, spare?
I have long withstood his grace,
Long provoked him to his face,
Would not hearken to his calls,
Grieved him by a thousand falls.
2 I have spilt his precious blood,
Trampled on the Son of God,
Filled with pangs unspeakable,
I, who yet am not in hell!
Whence to me this waste of love?
Ask my Advocate above!

See the cause in Jesu's face,
Now before the throne of grace.

3 Lo! I cumber still the ground:
Lo! an Advocate is found:
"Hasten not to cut him down,
Let this barren soul alone."
Jesus speaks, and pleads his blood!
He disarms the wrath of God;
Now my Father's bowels move,
Justice lingers into love.

4 Kindled his relentings are,

Me he now delights to spare,

Cries, "How shall I give thee up?"

Lets the lifted thunder drop.

There for me the Saviour stands;


Shows his wounds, and spreads his hands!

God is love! I know, I feel;
Jesus weeps, and loves me still.
5 Jesus, answer from above,
Is not all thy nature love?
Wilt thou not the wrong forget,
Suffer me to kiss thy feet?
If I rightly read thy heart,
If thou all compassion art,
Bow thine ear, in mercy bow,
Pardon and accept me now.

6 Pity from thine eye let fall,
By a look my soul recall;



Now the stone to flesh convert,
Cast a look, and break my heart:
Now incline me to repent,
Let me now my fall lament,
Now my foul revolt deplore,
Weep, believe, and sin no more.

C. M.

JESUS, the all-restoring Word,
My fallen spirit's hope,

After thy lovely likeness, Lord,
Ah, when shall I wake up?

2 Thou, O my God, thou only art
The life, the truth, the way;
Quicken my soul, instruct my heart,
My sinking footsteps stay.

3 Of all thou hast in earth below,
In heaven above, to give,
Give me thy only love to know,
In thee to walk and live.

4 Fill me with all the life of love;
In mystic union join

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