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2 The wondrous methods of thy grace
Evade the human eye ;
The farther off they fly.
Where thou dost ever reign, These mystries shall be all unveil'd,
And not a doubt remain. 4 The Sun of Righteousness shall there
His brightest beams display, And not a hov'ring cloud obscure That never ending day.
HYMN 25. S. M. Exhortation to trust in Providence. YIVE to the winds thy fears, U Hope and be undismay'd, God hears thy sighs, and counts thy tears;
He shall lift up thy head.
He gently clears the way ;
Soon end in joyous day. 3 Still heavy is thy heart?
Still sink thy spirits down?
And every care be gone.
Yet heaven and earth and hell, Proclaim, God sitteth on the throne,
And ruleth all things well.
5 Leave to his sov'reign sway
To choose and to command ; So thou shalt, wond'ring, own his way,
How wise, how strong his hand! 6 Far, far above thy thought
His counsel shall appear, When fully he the work hath wrought,
That caus'd thy needless fear. 7 Thou se'est our weakness, Lord,
Our hearts are known to thee; O lift thou up the sinking heart,
Confirm the feeble knee. 8 Let us in life, in death,
Thy stedfast truth declare ;
HYMN 26. C. M.
Divine Knowledge from Creation. D HE book of nature open lies,
1 With much instruction stor'd; But till the Lord anoints our eyes,
We cannot read a word. 2 The knowledge of the saints excels
The wisdoin of the schools ;
Tho' men account them fools.
The flow'rs that paint the field, And all the artless birds that fly,
Divine instruction yield. 4 The creatures on their senses press,
As witnesses to prove
Their Saviour's pow'r and faithfulness,
His providence and love. 5 Thus may we study nature's book,
To make us wise indeed! And pity those who only look
At what they cannot read.
The Fall of Nan. Genesis, chap. iii. ON man, in his own image made, U How much did God bestow ! The whole creation homage paid,
And own'd him Lord below. 2 But Oh! by sin how quickly chang'd!
His peace and honor fled,
His conscience fill'd with dread.
Which was before his joy ;
From an all-seeing eye.
With stubboroness and pride, He cast on God himself the blame,
Nor once for mercy cry'd.
And all his guilt forgave;
and felt its power to save.
HYMN 28. L. M. Original Sin ; or, The first and second Adam. A DAM, our father and our head, A Transgress’d, and justice doom'd us dead ; The fi'ry law speaks all despair, There's no reprieve nor pardon there, 2 Call a bright council in the skies ; Seraphs, ye mighty and ye wise, Speak; are ye strong to bear the load, The weighty vengeance of a God ? 3 In vain we ask; for all around Stand silent thro’ the heav'nly ground; There's not a glorious mind above Has half the strength, or half the love. 4 But Oh! unmeasurable grace! The eternal Son takes Adam's place; Down to our world the Saviour Aies, Stretches his arms, and bleeds, and dies. 5 Amazing work! look down, ye skies, Wonder and gaze with all your eyes; Ye saints below, and saints above, All bow to this mysterious love.
HYMN 29. S. M. The Evil Heart. Jer. xvii. 9. Matt. xv. 19. A STONISH'D and distress'd, A I turn mine eyes within ; My heart with loads of guilt opprest,
The seat of every sin. 2 What crowds of evil thoughts,
What vile affections there! Distrust, presumption, ariful guileg
Pride, envy, slavish fear.
3 Almighty King of Saints,
These tyrant lusts subdue; Expel the darkness of my mind,
And all my powers renew.
Shall loud hosannas raise ;
HYMN 30. L. M.
Sin and Holiness.
V Imperfect grace, remaining sin !
HYMN 31. L. M.
D “ That doth one wilful sin commit; “ Death and damnation for the first, “ Without relief, and infinite."