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5 Oh, let thy hand support me still,
And lead me to thy holy hill !
Where toil and grief, and pain shall cease,
Where all is calm, and all is peace.
HYMN 302. L. M. The Beatitudes. Matt. v. 2-12. D LESS'D are the humble souls, that see D Their emptiness and poverty; 'Treasures of grace to them are giv'n, And crowns of joy laid up in heav'n. 2 Bless'd are the men of broken heart, Who mourn for sin with inward smart; The blood of Christ divinely flows, A healing balm for all their woes. 3 Bless'd are the meek, who stand afar From rage and passion, noise and war ; God will secure their happy state, And plead their cause against the great. 4 Bless'd are the souls that long for grace, Hunger and thirst for righteousness They shall be well supply'd, and fed With living streams and living bread. 5 Bless'd are the men, whose bowels move, And melt with sympathy and love ; From Christ the Lord shall they obtain Like sympathy and love again. 6 Bless'd are the pure, whose hearts are clean From the defiling pow'r of sin ; With endless pleasure they shall see, a God of spotless purity. 7 Bless'd are the men of peaceful life, Who quench the coals of growing strife ;
They shall be call'd the heirs of bliss,
The sons of God, the God of peace.
8 Bless'd are the suff'rers, who partake
Of pain and shame for Jesu's sake ;
Their souls shall triumph in the Lord,
Glory and joy are their reward.
HYMN 303. L. M. In three parts.
Characters of Christ borrowed from inanimate
things in Scripture.
Mo worship at Emmanuel's feet,
U See in his face what wonders meet!
Earth is too narrow to express
His worth, his glory, or his grace.
2 The whole creation can afford,
But some faint shadows of my Lord;
Nature, to make his beauties knowil,
Must mingle colours not her own.
3 Is he compar'd to wine or bread ?
Dear Lord, our souls would thus be fed ;
That Aesh, that dying blood of thine,
Is bread of life, is heav'nly wine.
4 Is he a tree? The world receives
Salvation from his healing leaves ;
That righteous branch, that fruitful bough,
Is David's root and offspring too.
5 Is he a rose ? Not Sharon yields
Such fragrancy in all her fields ;
Or, if the lily he assume,
The vallies bless the rich perfume.
6 Is he a vine ? His heav'nly root
Supplies the boughs with life and fruit;
Oh, let a lasting union join
My soul to Christ, the living vine.
7 IS Christ the head ? Each member lives,
And owns the vital pow'rs he gives;
The saints below, and saints above,
Join'd by his spirit and his love.
8 Is he a fountain ? There I bathe,
And heal the plague of sin and death;
These waters all my soul renew,
And cleanse my spotted garments too.
9 Is he a fire ? He'll purge my dross ;
But the true gold sustains no loss ;
Like a refiner shall he sit,
And tread the refuse with his feet.
10 Is he a rock? How firm he proves !
The Rock of ages never moves ;
Yet the sweet streams that from him flow
Attend us all the desert through.
11 Is he a way? He leads to God;
The path is drawn in lines of blood ;
There would I walk with hope and zeal,
Till I arrive at Zion's hill.
12 Is he a door? I'll enter in ;
Behold the pastures large and green !
A paradise divinely fair,
None but the sheep have freedom there.
13 Is Christ design'd a corner-stone,
For men to build their heav'n upon ?
I'll make him my foundation too,
Nor fear the plots of hell below.
14 Is he a temple ? I adore
Th’indwelling majesty and pow'r ;
And still to his most holy place,
Whene'er I pray, I turn my face.
15 Is he a star! He breaks the night,
Piercing the shades with dawning light;
I know his glories from afar,
I know the bright, the moming star.
16 Is he a sun ? His beams are grace,
His course is joy and righteousness :
Nations rejoice when he appears,
To chase their clouds, and dry their tears.
17 Oh, let me climb these higher skies,
Where storms and darkness never rise !
There he displays his pow'r abroad,
And shines and reigns th' incarnate God.
18 Nor earth, nor seas, nor sun, nor stars,
Nor heav'n his full resemblance bears ;
His beauties we can never trace,
Till we behold him face to face.
HYMN 304. L. M.
The Names and. Titles of Christ, from several
IT IS from the treasures of his word,
1 I borrow titles for my Lord ;
Nor art, nor nature can supply, .
Sufficient forms of majesty.
2 Bright image of the Father's face,
Shining with undiminish'd rays,
Th' eternal God's eternal Son,
The heir and partner of his throne.
3 The King of kings, the Lord most high,
Writes his own name upon his thigh :
He wears a garment dipp'd in blood,
And breaks the nations with his rod.
4 Where grace can neither melt nor move,
The Lamb resents his injur'd love ;
Awakes his wrath without delay,
And Judah's Lion tears the prey.
5 But when for works of peace he comes,
What winning titles he assumes !
Light of the world, and life of men ;
Nor bears those characters in vain.
6 With tender pity in his heart,
He acts the Mediator's part!
A friend and brother he appears,
And well fulfils the name he wears.
7 At length the Judge his throne ascends,
Divides the rebels from his friends ;
And saints, in full fruition, prove
His rich variety of love.
HYMN 305. L. M. In two parts.
The Offices of Christ, from several Scriptures.
TOIN all the names of love and pow'r
That ever men or angels bore,
All are too mean to speak his worth,
Or set Emmanuel's glory forth.
2 But Oh, what condescending ways
He takes to teach his heav'nly grace!
My eyes with joy and wonder see,
What forms of love he bear to me.
3 The “ Angel of the cov’nant stands,"
With his commission in his hands,
Sent from his Father's milder throne,
To make the great salvation known.