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283. C. M. Steele.
Pearl of great Price. Matt. xii. 46.

E glittring toys of earth, adieu !
A real prize attracts my view;

A treasure all divine.
2 Begone, unworthy of my cares,

Ye specious bails of sense ;
Inestimable worth appears

The Pearl of Price immense!
Jesus, to multitudes unkuown,

O name divinely sweet!
Jesus, in thee, in thee alone,

Wealth, honour, pleasure meet,
4 Should both the Indies, at my call,

Their boasted stores resign;
With joy I would renounce them all,

For leave to call thee mine.
5 Should earth's vain treasures all depart

Of this dear gift possessid,
I'd clasp it to my joyful heart,
And be for ever bless'd.

284. C. M. Mr. $. Deacon.
A Friend. Prov. xvii. 24. Matt. xi. 19.

*O' Bo Rush trae and lasting


Bat where shall he be found?
This is a fruit which seldom grows

On this poor barren ground. 2 Jesus, in thee, our eyes bebold

This miracle divine;
When other friendships all grow cold,

There still is warmth in thine.
3 (Thy firm attachment to mankind

Is evermore the same :
Celestial ardour fills thy mind

With an immortal flame.
4 How many times, how many ways,

Have I thy friendship try'd!
Yet all my wants ten thousand days,

Thy friendship has supply'd.] 5 Yea, when I was thine enemy,

And trampled on thy grace;
My Saviour was a friend to me,
And suffer'd in my place.

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6 01 may I still thy friendship feel,

And on thy love depend :
And never, never lift my heel
Against my blessed friend.

285. L. M. Dr. Watts. Various Characters of Christ borrowed from

inanimate Things in Scripture. 1

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 known,

Must niingle colours not her own.) 3 [Is he compar'd with wine or bread

Dear Lord'! or souls would thus be fed :
That flesh, 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 valleys bless the rich perfume.)
6 (Is he a vine? His heav'nly root
Sapplies the boughs with life and fruit;
o let a lasting union join
My soul to Christ the living vinel]

286. L. M. Dr. Watts. Characters of Christ Continued. 1(Ts Christ a head? Each member lives

The saints below and saints above,

Join'd by his spirit and his love.)
! (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.) 3 (Is he a fire? He'll purge my drogs:

But the true gold sustains no lon:
Like a refiner shall he sit,
And tread the refase with bis feat.)


4 (Is he a rock? Ilow firm be proves !

The rock of ages never moves;
Yet the sweet streams that from him flow,

Attend us all the desert through,)
5 Is he a way? Ile 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.)
6 (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.)

287. L. M. Dr. Watts. Characters of Christ continued. 11 ?

Is Christ desigu'd the corner-stone,
I'll make him my foandation too,

Nor fear the plots of hell below.j
2 (Is he a tensple? I adore
Th' indwelling majesty and pow'r;
And still to his most holy place,

Whene'er I pray, I'll turn my face.]
3 [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 inorning star.] 4 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. 5 O let me try those higher skies, Where storms and darkness never rise! There he displays his pow'r abroad, And shines and reigus th' incarnate God. 6 Nor earth, nor seas, nor sun, nor stars, Nor heav'n, his full resembiance bears; His beauties we can never trace, Till we behold him face to face.

288. L. M. Dr. Watts. The Names and Titles of Christ from several

ITVIS from the treasures of his word

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 beloved 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 names be 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.

289. L. M. Dr. Watts. The Offices of Christ from several Scriptures. 1

That ever men or angels bore:
All are too mean to speak his worth,

Or set Immanuel's glory forth.
2 But o what condescending ways

He takes to teach his heav'uly grace!
My eyes with joy and wonder see

What forms of love he bears for me. 3 [The Angel of the Cov'nant' stands

With his commission in his hands,
Sent from his Father's milder throne,
To make his great salvation known.)
4 (Great Prophet, let me bless thy name;

By thee the joyful tidings came,
of wrath appeas'd, of sins forgivin,

or hell subdu'd, and peace with heav'n.) 5 My bright Example and my guide,

I would be walking near thy side ;


o let me never run astray!

Nor follow the forbidden way!
6 I love my Shepherd, he shall keep

My wand'ring soul amongst his sheep,
He feeds his flock, he calls their names,
And in his bosom bears the lambs.]

290. L. M. Dr. Watts.

Offices of Christ continued. 1

Behold my sonl at freedom set;

My surety paid the dreadful debt.
2 Jesus, my great Iligh-Priest, has dy'd

I seek no sacrifice beside;
His blood did once for all atone,

And now it pleads before the throne. 3 My Advocate appears on bigh,

The Father lays his thunder by :
Not all that earth or hell can say,

Shall turn my Father's heart away.
4 My Lord, my Conqu’ror, and my King,

Thy sceptre and thy sword I sing;
Thine is the vict'ry, and I sit

A joyful snbject at thy feet.
5 Aspire, my soul, to glorions deeds,

The Capiain of salvation' leads;
March on, nor fear to win the day,

Though death and hell obstruct the way. 6 Should death and hell, and pow'rs unknown

Put all their forms of mischiet on,
I shall be safe ; for Christ displays
Salvation in more sov'reign ways.

291. P. M. Dr. Watts.

Offices of Christ. 1

COIN all the glorious names

Of wisdom, love, and pow'r,
That ever mortals knew,

That angels ever bore.
All are too mean to speak his worth,

Too mean to set the Saviour forth. 2 But, what gentle terms,

What condescending ways
Doth our Redeemer use

To teach his heav'nly grace!

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