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2 Shouldst thou my body crush to dust,
I still must say that God is just;
But yet I hope thy grace to share,
That mercy will the sinner spare.
3 In all my frame, without, within,
I feel the sad effects of sin ;
How long, my God, must I complain,
And deprecate thy wrath in vain ?
4 Oh, should I die depriv'd of thee!
What being else can succour me?
Thy frowns would rend my soul in death,
And sink it to the depths beneath.
5 Ye darling sins, that plague me so,
The greatest enemies i know,
Depart--for God hath heard my pray'r,
And will not let me long despair.
6 No; I shall yet his goodness bless;
And when this transient life sliall pass;
Then full of glory, I shall prove
He can be just, and sinners love.

HYMN 162. Tens.

The Backslider's Return.
THOU, my God, who from thy throne

Art mindful of the penitential tear,
Kindly dispersing, with thy mercy's beam,

The gath'ring clouds of darkness and despair; Lord, lend thilie ear! Oh! hear a sinner's cry! And save a wretch thy law condemns to die! 2 Long has thy gospel sounded in mine ears,

And once I thu'! I made thy ways my choice; But now, alas! o'erwhelm'd with gloomy fears, I scarce can hear my heav'nly Shepherd's

voice :

Oh, shine again! revive my drooping heart; Subdue my foes, and bid my fears depart! 3 Entangled with the world's delusive charms,

Mine enemies against my soul prevail ;
Prevail to thrust me, wretched from thine arms,

While guilt and unbelief my hope assail :
O God, my God, display thy guardian care,
Nor let me fall a victim to despair!
4 Does not thy promise bid me rest secure?

And can I trust thy faithfulness in vain ?
Shall not thy truth from age to age endure ?

And wilt thou not thy people's cause maintain? Then shine again, my fainting soul restore, And hold me with thy hand to fall no more!

HYMN 163. Eights and Sixes.

Healing from a view of the Cross.
TITII fiery serpents greatly pain'd,
When Israel's mourning tribes com-

And sigh'd to be reliev'd ;
Aserpen, straight the prophet made,
Of molien brass to view display'd:

The patient look'd and livd. 2 Buitou

what healing to the heart, Doth lexu's greater cross impart,

Tothose that seek a cure ?
Israel of old, and we no less,
The same indulgent grace confess,

While life and breath endure.
3 To reaso'i's view, this strange effect,
Self-righieous souls will still reject,

And peris! in their pride ;
But those who're sting with sin and law,
Do all their rich salsation draw

From Jesu’s bleeding side.

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4 May we then view the matchless cross,
All other objects count but loss;

No other gain desire!
Here still be fix'd our feasted eyes,
Weeping with tears of glad surprize;

And thankfully admire.
5 Hail, great Emmanuel, balmy name !
Thy praise the ransom'd will proclaim ;

Thee, we Physician call :
We own no other cure but thine,
'Thou, the deliverer divine,
Our health, our life, our all.

HYMN 164. C. M.
Christian Resignation ; or, God our Portion.

Y times of sorrow and of joy,

My choicest comforts come from thee,

And go at thy command.
2 If thou should'st take them all away,

Yet would I not repine ;
Before they were possess'd by me,

They were entirely thine.
3 Nor would I drop a murm’ring word,

Tho' the whole world were gone, But seek enduring happiness

In thee, and thee alone. 4 What is the world, with all its store ?

'Tis a deceitful cheat; When I attempt to pluck the rose,

A picrcing thorn I meet. 5 Here perfect bliss can ne'er be found,

The honey's mix'd with gall; 'Midst changing scenes, and dying friends,

Be thou my all in all.

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HYMN 165. C. M.
Submission and Hope in Divine Goodness.

LORD, my best desires fulfil,


Life, health, and comfort to thy will,

And make thy pleasure mine. 2 Why should I shrink at thy command,

Whose love forbids my fears? Or tremble at the gracious hand

That wipes away my tears ? 3 No, let me rather freely yield

What most I prize to thee; Who never hast a good withheld,

Or wilt withhold from me. 4. Thy favor, all my journey thro',

Thou art engag’d to grant ; What else I want, or think I do,

'Tis better still to want.
5 Wisdom and mercy guide my way,

Shall I resist them both ?
A poor blind creature of a day,

And crush'd before the moth!
6 But alı! my inward spirit cries,

Still bind me to thy sway;
Else the next cloud that veils my skies,
Will drive these thoughts away.

HYMN 166. C.M.
Christian Self-dlenial. Mark viii. 34. Luke ix. B.

ND must I part with all I have,

My dearest Lord, for thee?
It is but right, since thou hast done

Much more than this for me.

2 Yes, let it gomone look from thee

Will more than make amends, For all the losses I sustain

Of credit, riches, friends. 3 Ten thousand worlds, ten thousand lives,

How worthless they appear, Compar'd with thee, supremely good,

Divinely bright and fair!
4 Saviour of souls, could I from thee

A single smile obtain,
Tho' destitute of all things else,
I'd glory in my gain.

HYMN 167. C. M.
Sincerity and Truth. Phil. iv. 8.
ET those who bear the Christian name,
LA Their holy vows fulfil ;
The saints, the follow’rs of the Lamb,

Are men of honor still. 2 True to the solemn oaths they take,

Tho' to their hurt they swear: Constant and just to all they speak,

For God and angels hear.
3 Still with their lips their hearts agree,

Nor flatt'ring words devise :
They know the God of truth can see

Thro' ev'ry false disguise.
4. From all deceit they swiftly fly,

Whatever shape it wears, They love the truth- and when they die,

Eternal life is theirs. 5 Lo! from afar the Lord descends,

And brings the judgment down ;


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