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C. M. 385.

Faith of Things unseen 1 FAITH is the brightest evidence

Of things beyond our sight;
Breaks through the clouds of flesh and sense,

And dwells in heavenly light.
2 It sets times past, in present view,

Brings distant prospects home of things a thousand years ago,

Or thousand years to come.
3 By faith, we know the worlds were made

By God's almighty word:
Abram, to unknown countries led,

By faith, obeyed the Lord.
4 He sought a city fair and high,

Built by th' eternal hands;
And faith assures us, though we die,

That heavenly building stands.

C. M.
386. The Power of Faith.
1 FAITH adds new charms to earthly bliss,

And saves me from its snares;
Its aid, in every duty, brings,

And softens all my cares. 2 The wounded conscience knows its power,

The healing balm to give;
That balm the saddest heart can cheer,

And make the dying live.
3 Wide it unveils celestial worlds,

Where deathless pleasures reign;
And bids me seek my portion there,

Nor bids me seek in vain.
4 It shows the precious promise, sealed

With the Redeemer's blood;
And helps my feeble hope to rest

Upon à faithful God.
5 There-there unshaken would I rest,

Till this vile body dies ;
And then, on faith's triumphant wings,

To endless glory rise.

C. M.
387. Justification ; er, Law and Grace.
I VAIN are the hopes, the sons of men

On their own works have built ;
Their hearts, by nature, all unclean,

And all their actions, guilt.
2 Let Jew and Gentile stop their mouths,

Without a murm'ring word;
And the whole race of Adam stand

Guilty before the Lord.
3 In vain we ask God's righteous law

To justify us now;
Since to convince, and to condemn,

Is all the law can do.
4 Jesus! how glorious is thy grace

When in thy name we trust,
Our faith receives a righteousness
That makes the sinner just.

L. M. 388. The Value of Christ and his Righteousness 1 NO more,-my God! I boast no more,

Of all the duties I have done;
I quit the hopes I held before,

To trust the merits of thy Son.
2 Now, for the love I bear his name,

What was my gain, I count my loss ;
My former pride I call my shame,

And nail my glory to his cross.
3 Yes,-and I must, and will, esteem;

All things but loss for Jesus' sake
Oh! may my soul be found in him,

And of his righteousness partake. 4 The best obedience of my hands

Dares not appear before thy throne;
But faith can answer thy demands,
By pleading what my Lord has done.

C. M. 389,

Retirement. 1 FAR from the world, O Lord! I flee,

From strife and tumult far;

From scenes, where Satan wages still

His most successful war.
2 The calm retreat, the silent shade,

With prayer and praise agree;
And seem, by thy sweet bounty, made

For those who follow thee.
3 There, if thy Spirit touch the soul,
And

grace her mean abode, Oh! with what peace, and joy, and love,

She then communes with God.
4 There, like the nightingale, she pours

Her solitary lays;
Nor asks a witness of her song,

Nor thirst for human praise.
5 Author and guardian of my life,

Sweet source of light divine,
And-all harmonious names in one-

Blest Saviour !-thou art mine. 6 What thanks I owe thee, and what love!

And praise, an endless store,
Shall echo through the realms above,

When time shall be no more.

390.

78.

Privileges of Adoption. 1 BLESSED are the sons of God;

They are bought with Jesus' blood;
They are ransomed from the grave;
Life eternal they shall have :
With them numbered may we be,

Here, and in eternity.
2 They are justified by grace ;

They enjoy the Saviour's peace;
All their sins are washed away;
They shall stand in God's great day:
With them numbered may we be,

Here, and in eternity.
3 They produce the fruits of grace,

In the works of righteousness;
They are harmless, meek and inild,
Holy, blameless, undefiled :

With them numbered may we be,

Here, and in eternity.
4 They are lights upon the earth,

Children of a heavenly birth,
One with God, with Jesus one;
Glory is in them begun:
With them numbered may we be,
Here, and in eternity.

C. M.
391. Hope of Heaven through Christ.
1 BLEST be the everlasting God,

The Father of our Lord;
Be his abounding mercy praised -

His majesty adored. 2 When from the dead he raised his Son,

And called him to the sky,
He gave our souls a lively hope,

That they should never die.
3 What though our inbred sins require

Our flesh to see the dust;
Yet, as the Lord, our Saviour, rose,

So all his followers must.
4 There's an inheritance divine,

Reserved against that day; 'T is uncorrupted, undefiled,

And cannot waste away.
5 Saints, by the power of God, are kept

Till the salvation come;
We walk by faith, as strangers here,
Till Christ shall call us home.

S. M. 392.

Adoption.
1 BEHOLD! what wondrous grace

The Father has bestowed,
On sinners of a mortal race,

To call them sons of God. 2 ’T is no surprising thing,

That we should be unknown;
The Jewish world knew not their king,

God's everlasting Son. 3 Nor doth it yet appear

How great we must be made :

But when we see our Saviour here,

We shall be like our head. 4 A hope, so much divine,

May trials well endure;
May purge our souls from sense and sin,

As Christ, the Lord, is pure. 5 If, in my Father's love,

I share a filial part,
Send down thy Spirit, like a dove,

To rest upon my heart. 6 We would no longer lie.

Like slaves, beneath the throne;
Our faith shall—“Abba, Father !"-cry,

And thou the kindred own.

C. M. 393.

The Fearful encouraged. 1 YE trembling souls ! dismiss your fears,

Be mercy all your theme;
Mercy-which, like a river, flows,

In one perpetual stream. 2 Fear not the powers of earth and hell;

Those powers will God restrain;
His arm shall all their rage repel,

And make their efforts vain.
3 Fear not the want of ontward, good;

For his he will provide,
Grant them supplies of daily food,

And all they need beside.
4 Fear not that he will e'er forsake,

Or leave his work undone ;
He's faithful to his promises,

And faithful to his Son.
5 Fear not the terrors of the grave,

Nor death's tremendous sting ;
He will, from endless wrath, preserve
To endless glory bring.

C. M. 394.

Saints in the Hands of Christ.
I FIRM as the earth, thy gospel stands,

My Lord, my hope, my trust!

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