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C. P. M. 86.

The Excellency of Christ.
I OH! could I speak the matchless worth,
Oh! could I sound the glories forth,

Which in my Saviour shine;
I'd soar and touch the heavenly strings,
And vie with Gabriel while he sings,

In notes almost divine.
2 I'd sing the characters he bears,
And all the forms of love he wears

Exalted on his throne;
In loftiest songs of sweetest praise,
I would, to everlasting days,

Make all his glories known. 3 Soon the delightful day will come, When my dear Lord will bring me home,

And I shall see his face;
Then, with my Saviour, brother, friend,
A blest eternity I'll spend
Triumphant in his grace.

C. M. 87.

Christ, the living Fountain.
1 THERE is a fountain filled with blood,

Drawn from Immanuel's veins ;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains.
2 The dying thief rejoiced to see

That fountain in his day;
And there may 1, though vile as he,

Wash all my sins away.
3 Dear dying Lamb ! thy precious blood

Shall never lose its power,
Till all the ransomed church of God

Be saved, to sin no more.
4 E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream

Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,

And shall be, till I die.
5 Then in a nobler, sweeter song,

I'll sing thy power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue
Lies silent in the grave.

C. M. 88.

Sun of Righteousness.
I RISE, glorious Sun! supremely bright,

Diffuse thy rays abroad;
Scatter the shades of gloomy night,

And show the heavenly road. 2 With healing in thy wings, arise

On this dark soul of mine;
Oh! pour thy glories from the skies,

And give me life divine. 3 Though thorns and briers, pits and snares,

Beset the path I go,
One ray of thine dispels my fears,
And guides me safely through.

S. M. 89.

Christ, suffering for our Sins. 1 LIKE sheep we went astray,

And broke the fold of God;
Each wandering in a different way,

But all the downward road. 2 How dreadful was the honr,

When God our wanderings laid,
And did at once his vengeance pour

Upon the shepherd's head! 3 How glorious was the grace,

When Christ sustained the stroke!
His life and blood the shepherd pays,

A ransom for the flock.
4 But God shall raise his head,

O'er all the sons of men,
And make him see a numerous seed

To recompense his pain.
5 "I'll give him," saith the Lord,

"A portion with the strong; He shall possess a large reward, And hold his honors long.”

L. M. 90.

The Teaching of Jesus. 1 HOW sweetly flowed the gospel's sound

From lips of gentleness and grace,

While listening thousands gathered round,

And joy and reverence filled the place! 2 From heaven he came, of heaven he spoke,

To heaven he led his foll'wers' way;
Dark clouds of gloomy night he broke,

Unveiling an immortal day. 3 Come, wanderers ! to my Father's home,

Come, all ye weary ones! and rest;
Yes, sacred Teacher! we will come

Obey, and be for ever blest.
4 Decay, then, tenements of dust!

Pillars of earthly pride! decay;
A nobler mansion waits the just,
And Jesus has prepared the way.

S. M. 91.

Preserving Grace.
I TO God, the only-wise,

Our Saviour and our King,
Let all the saints, below the skies,

Their humble praises bring. 2 'Tis his almighty love,

His counsel and his care,
Preserves us safe from sin and death,

And every hurtful snare. 3 He will present our souls,

Unblemished and complete,
Before the glory of his face,

With joys divinely great. 4 Then all the chosen seed

Shall meet around the throne;
Shall bless the conduct of his grace,

And make his wonders known. 5 To our Redeemer-God,

Wisdom, with power, belongs;
Immortal crowns of majesty,
And everlasting songs.

L. M. 92.

Love of Christ. 1 I WAS a traitor doomed to die,

Bound to endure eternal pains ;

When Jesus saw me from on high,

Was moved by love, and broke my chains 2 Did melting pity stoop so low,

The Lord from heaven pour out his blood, To save our rebel-race from wo,

And be our advocate with God? 3 Infinite mercy ! boundless love!

Stand in amaze, ye rolling skies !
The Son of God, his grace to prove,
Hangs on a tree, and groans, and dies !

S. M. 93.

The Light of the World. 1 HOW heavy is the night

That hangs upon our eyes,
Till Christ, with his reviving light,

Over our souls arise ! 2 Our guilty spirits dread

To meet the wrath of heaven:
But in his righteousness arrayed,

We see our sins forgiven. 3 Unholy and impure

Are all our thoughts and ways;
His hands infected nature cure,

With sanctifying grace. 4 The powers of hell agree

To hold our souls in vain :
He sets the sons of bondage free,

And breaks the cursed chain. 5 Lord! we adore thy ways

To bring us near to God;
Thy sovereign power, thy healing grace,
And thine atoning blood.

78.
94. Sun of Righteousness.
I CHRIST, whose glory fills the skies,-

Christ, the true, the only light-
Sun of Righteousness! arise,

Triumph o'er the shades of night:
Day-spring from on high! be near,
Day.star! in my heart appear.

2 Dark and cheerless is the morn,

If thy light is hid from me;
Joyless is the day's return,

Till thy mercy's beams I see;
Till they in ward light impart,-

Peace and gladness to my heart.
3 Visit, then, this soul of mine,

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy divine !

Scatter all my unbelief :
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

C. M. 95.

Praise to the Redeemer.
I PLUNGED in a gulf of dark despair,

We wretched sinners lay,
Without one cheerful beam of hope,

Or spark of glimmering day.
2 With pitying eyes the Prince of grace

Beheld our helpless grief;
He saw, and-Oh! amazing love!

He ran to our relief.
3 Down from the shining seats above,

With joyful haste he fled,
Entered the grave in mortal flesh,

And dwelt among the dead.
4 Oh! for this love let rocks and hills

Their lasting silence break;
And all harmonious human tongues

The Saviour's praises speak.
5 Angels! assist our mighty joys;

Strike all your harps of gold;
But when you raise your highest notes,

His love can ne'er be told.

C. M. 96.

Pearl of great Price.
1 YE glittering toys of earth! adieu ;-

A nobler choice be mine;
A real prize attracts my view,

A treasure all divine.

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