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3. Be thou, O Rock of Ages, nigh!
So shall each murm'ring thought be gone! And grief, and fear, and care shall fly,
As clouds before the mid-day sun. 4. Speak to my warring passions : “ Peace;">
Say to my troubled heart: “ Be still :" Thy pow'r my strength and fortress is,
For all things serve thy sov'reign will. 5. Q death! where is thy sting? where now,
Thy boasted victory, O grave? Who shall contend with God? or who
Can hurt whom God delights to save ?
Y. THE FALL AND TEMPTATION OF
Hymn 157. c. M. 1. ACKWARD with humble shame we look
On our original ;
In our first father's fall !
But prone to all that's ill ;
How obstinate our will !
Will all the branches be : How can we hope for living fruit
From such a deadly tree?
Can make our nature clean,
The tempter, death and sin.
3. The second Adam shall restore
The ruins of the first ; Hosanna to that sov'reign pow'r
That new-creates our dust !
Hymn 158. C.M.
And vile ingratitude.
So false as mine has been ; So faithless to its promises,
So prone to every sin ! 3. My reason tells me, thy commands
Are holy, just, and true ; Tells me, whate'er
God demands Is his most righteous due. 4. Reason I hear, her counsels weigh,
And all her words approve: But still I find it hard t' obey,
And harder yet to love. 5. How long, dear Saviour, shall I feel
These struggles in my breast ? When wilt thou bow my stubborn will,
And give my conscience rest ? 6. Break, sov'reign grace, O break the charm,
And set the captive free :
And haste to rescue me.
Hymn 159. "SIN, like a venemous disease, The only balm is sov’reign grace,
And the physician God.
2. Our beauty and our strength are fled,
And we draw near to death :
With his almighty breath.
The passions burn and rage,
The inward fire assuage. 4. The man, possess'd among the tombs
Cuts his own flesh, and cries;
And the foul spirit flies.
Hymn 160. c. M.
We own with
And our first father's name.
The poison reigns within, Makes us averse to all that's good.
And willing slaves to sin. 3. We live estrang'd afar from God,
And love the distance well; With haste we run the dang'rous road
That leads to death and hell. 4. And can such rebels be restor'd ?
Such natures made divine ? Let sinners see thy glory, Lord,
And feel this pow'r of thine.
Hymn 161. L. M.
Then may the wicked turn to God,
And change their tempers and their lives. 2. As well might Ethiopian slaves
Wash out the darkness of their skin:
'Twill not endure the least controul;
Can turn the current of the soul.
That works to change this heart of mine ;
Hymn 162. c. u. 1.
practise on the mind With flattring looks she tempts our hearts,
But leaves a sting behind,
The aged and the young;
She make his fetters strong.
And gives a fair pretence:
And chains it down to sense. 4. So on a tree divinely fair
Grew the forbidden food;
And tainted all her blood,
SIN hasaatine usande treacherous arts
Hymn 163. L. M.
to , And thousands walk together there ;
But wisdom shews the narrow path,
With here and there a traveller.
Is the Redeemer's great.command !
If she would gain this heav'nly land. 3. The fearful soul that tires and faints,
And walks the ways of God no more,
TI. THE SCRIPTURES, DOCTRINES, AND
INVITATIONS OF THE SCRIPTURES.
1. THE SCRIPTURES.
Hymn 164. C. u.
Invites his children near;
Display their glories here.
Fresh wisdom we pursue ;
Beyond whate'er they knew.. 3. Thy name is writ in fairest lines,
Thy wonders here we trace ; Wisdom thro' all the myst'ries shines
And shines in Jesus' face..
To our incarnate God!
Its honours in his blood,