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But we arise, by grace divine,.

To see a heavenly day.
3 Salvation !-let the echo fly

The spacious earth around;
While all the armies of the sky
Conspire to raise the sound.

78. 308.

Darkness turned to Light. 1 BOUNDLESS glory, Lord! be thine,

Thou hast made the darkness shine;
Thou hast sent a cheering ray;

Thou hast turned our night to day. 2 Darkness long involved us round,

Till we knew the joyful sound;
Then our darkness fied away,

Chased by truth's effulgent ray. 3 They are blessed, and none beside,

They, who in the truth abide ;
Clear, the light that marks their way-

Leading to eternal day. 4 Guide us, Saviour! through the road,

Till we reach the saints' abode;
Till we see thee throned above,
As thou art,--the God of love.

C. M. 309.

Returning to Zion.
I SING, all ye ransomed of the Lord !

Your great Deliverer sing:
Ye pilgrims! now, for Zion bound,

Be joyful in your King.
2 See the fair way his hand hath made;

How peaceful and how plain !
The simplest traveller need not err,

Nor seek the path in vain.
3 A hand divine shall lead you on,

Through all the blissful road;
Till to the sacred mount you rise,

And see your smiling God.
4 Bright garlands of immortal joy

Shall bloom on every head;

While sorrow, sighing, and distress,

Like shadows, all are fled. 5 March on, in your Redeemer's strength;

Pursue his footsteps still ;
With joyful hope, still fix your eye
On Zion's heavenly hill.

S. M. 310.

Submission to Christ. 1 JESUS! I come to thee,

A sinner doomed to die;
My only refuge is thy cross, -

Here at thy feet I lie.
2 Can mercy reach my case,

And all my sins remove?
Break, O my God! this heart of stone,

And melt it by thy love.
3 Too long my soul has gone,

Far from my God, astray;
I've sported on the brink of hell,

In sin's delusive way.
4 But, Lord! my heart is fixed,

I hope in thee alone;
Break off the chains of sin and death,

And bind me to thy throne.
5 Thy blood can cleanse my heart,

Thy hand can wipe my tears;
Oh! send thy blessed Spirit down,

To banish all my fears. 6 Then shall my soul arise,

From sin and Satan free;
Redeemed from hell and every foe,
I'll trust alone in thee.

C. M. 311.

Self-Dedication. 1 WELCOME, O Saviour! to my heart;

Possess thine humble throne;
Bid every rival hence depart,

And claim me for thine own.
2 The world and Satan I forsake,

To thee, I all resign;

My longing heart, O Jesus! take,

And fill with love divine.
3 Oh! may I never turn aside,

Nor from thy bosom flee;
Let nothing here my heart divide,
I give it all to thee.

C. M.
312. Prayer for the Spirit of Adoption.
1 SPIRIT of holiness! look down,

Our fainting hearts to cheer ;
And, when we tremble at thy frown,

Oh! bring thy comforts near.
2 The terrors thy convictions wrought,

Oh ! let thy grace remove;
And may the souls, which thou hast taught

To weep, now learn to love. 3 Now let thy saving mercy heal

The wounds it made before;
Now on our hearts impress thy seal,

That we may doubt no more.
4 Complete the work thou hast begun,

And make our darkness light,
That we a glorious race may run,

Till faith be lost in sight.
5 Then, as our wandering eyes discern

The Lord's unclouded face,
In fitter language, we shall learn
To sing triumphant grace.

C. M.
313. Old Things passed away.
1 LET earthly minds the world pursue,

It has no charms for me;
Once I admired its trifles too,

Bat grace hath set me free.
2 Its joys can now no longer please,

Nor e'en content afford:
Far from my heart be joys like these,

For I have seen the Lord.
3 As by the light of opening day,

The stars are all concealed;

So earthly pleasures fade away,

When Jesus is revealed.
4 Creatures no more divide my choice,

I bid them all depart;
His name, his love, his gracious voice,

Have fixed my roving heart.
5 But may I hope that thou wilt own

A worthless worm like me?
Dear Lord! I would be thine alone,
And wholly live to thee.

C. M. 314.

The ful Purpose.
I IN all my Lord's appointed ways,

My journey I'll pursue;
Hinder me not,-ye much-loved saints !

For I must go with you. 2 Through floods and flames, if Jesus leads,

I'll follow where he goes;
Hinder me not !-shall be my cry,

Though earth and hell oppose.
3 Through duty, and through trials too,

I'll go at his command;
Hinder me not, for I am bound

To my Immanuel's land.
4 And when my Saviour calls me home,

Still this my cry shall be,-
Hinder me not,-come, welcome, death!
I'll gladly go with thee.

8s and 7s. 315.

Redeeming Love.
I COME, thou Fount of every blessing!

Tuné my heart to grateful lays;
Streams of mercy, never-ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.
2 Teach me some melodious measure,

Sung by raptured saints above;
Fill my soul with sacred pleasure,

While I sing redeeming love.
3 Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God;

He to save my soul from danger,

Interposed his precious blood. 40! to grace how great a debtor,

Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy grace, Lord ! like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to thee. 5 Prone to wander,-Lord! I feel it;

Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, Oh! take and seal it, -
Seal it from thy courts above.

C. M. 316.

Joy over the Penitent.
1 OH! how divine, how sweet the joy,

When but one sinner turns,
And with an humble, broken heart,

His sin and error mourns ! 2 Pleased with the news, the saints below,

In songs, their tongues employ;
Beyond the skies the tidings go,

And heaven is filled with joy. 3 Well-pleased, the Father sees and hears

The conscious sinner's moan;
Jesus receives him in his arms,

And claims him for his own.
4 Nor angels can their joys contain,

But kindle with new fire:
“The sinner lost is found !" they sing,
And strike the sounding lyre.

L. M. 317. Joy in Heaven for a repenting Sinnet. 1 WHO can describe the joys that risė,

Through all the courts of Paradise,
To see a prodigal return, -

To see an heir of glory born ?
2 With joy the Father doth approve

The fruit of his eternal love;
The Son with joy looks down, and sees

The purchase of his agonies.
3 The Spirit takes delight to view

The holy soul he formed anew;

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