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Flesh and Spirit.-Gal. v. 17.
The new man and the old
By no means can agree;
The one in sin is bold,

From sin the other's free:
The principles of grace and sin

A constant warfare must maintain. 2 [One loves to watch and pray,

And walk in Jesus' path;
The other hates the way,

And loves the road to death;
Christ is the new man's boast and joy;

Flesh doth the old man satisfy.] 3 Christ, and him crucified,

The new man loves to view;
Lust, vanity, and pride,

The old man will pursue;
One pants with God to live and reign,

The other hates his sovereign name. 4 The principle of grace

On Jesus puts the crown;
But sin, with shameless face,

Would pull his glory down:
Jesus shall reign, the new man cries;

His right to reign the flesh denies. 5 Well, let old nature toil;

The warfare can't be long;
And Christians, with a smile,
Shall sing the conqueror's song;

Through Christ we shall victorious prove, And live and reign with him above.


618. “ I will lead them in paths that they have not known."—Isa. xlii. 16.

The path that Christians tread
To reason's eye is strange;
Through regions of the dead,

They frequently must range;
Ten thousand monstrous beasts of prey

Beset the soul by night and day. 2 We must not learn God's truth

As school-boys learn their task;
Such knowledge is not proof

Against delusion's blast:
An empty knowledge bloats with air,

But dies when dreadful storms appear. 3 Christians oft pray for faith;

To trace God's beauties more;
To triumph over death;

And Jesus' name adore:
God hears and answers their desire;
But 'tis through scenes of floods and fire.

[Sin, arm’d with all the spleen
Of enmity to God,
Oft rises up within,

And scorns the Saviour's blood:
A world of filth, too base to name,

Beset and plunge the soul in shame. 5 To pray, he thinks too bold, While he in silence mourns;

His bones keep waxing old,

By reason of his groans; And by such means, though strange to tell,

The Lord will teach him Jesus well.] 6 When self and nature die,

And all our beauty's gone,
The Saviour brings us nigh,

To trust in him alone;
'Tis then we trust his righteousness,

And rest alone on sovereign grace. 7 Thus Jesus wears the crown:

We giadly trace the power,
That brings all nature down,

And leads us to adore
Jesus, the Lord our righteousness,
Who saves in every deep distress.

619. “I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness."-Ps. xv. 19.

CREATURES are but vain at best;
In them is no solid rest:
All the world calls good or great

Cannot perfect bliss create.
2 Souls renew'd by grace divine,

Carnal pleasures will resign;
Holiness, without a stain,

They are thirsting to obtain. 3 Satisfied! not they indeed,

Till, with Christ their living Head,
They in heavenly bliss appear,
And his likeness fally bear.


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4 [Heart and flesh may fail, 'tis true;

Sin and Satan plague them too!
Hell and earth their powers unite,

Christ to banish from their sight. 5 For a season, they may be

Left at an uncertainty,
Overwhelm'd with fear and doubt,

Scarcely know what they're about. 6 Yet they feel a panting mind

For a God supremely kind;
Satisfied they cannot be,
But as they his beauty see.]

“The beart is deceitful above all things."—Jer. xvii. 3.
Sin has a thousand pleasing charms,
Which flatter to preserve from harms;
She richly gilds her pleasing baits,

And calls her trash delicious sweets. 2 Young men and maidens, rich and poor,

Are pleased with her deceptive ore: There's scarce an eye that views the light,

But she can charm by day or night. 3 Nor are the vessels of the Lord

Free from the chirpings of this bird:
Her craft and spleen she'll make them feel,

And make them like a drunkard reel. 4 Her nature's serpentine indeed;

Her strength could make a Sampson yield;
Nor David could against her stand,
When David's God withheld his hand.

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5 Good God! what can a mortal do,

With such a cursed, artful foe?
Let grace divine my soul defend,

Nor let me to this monster bend.
6 [Work in me, Lord, to will and do,

My way to Zion to pursue;
And while I tread the thorny road,
Teach me to lean upon my God.]

621. “The carnal mind is enmity against God."-Rom. viii. 7. THE carnal mind takes different ways, And different objects she surveys; She's pleased with things that suit her taste,

But hates the God of truth and grace. 2 No beauty in the Lord she views,

Nor is she charm'd with gospel-news;
She sets at nought, with vain contempt,

The Man the Lord Jehovah sent.
3 She hates him as the mighty God,

The church's Wisdom, Life, and Head;
His priestly office she disdains,

And wantons with his wounds and pains. 4 Whatever office Jesus bears,

Or in what glorious form appears,
She was, and is, and still will be,

Against him dreadful enmity.
5 [Is this the case! yes, Lord, 'tis true;

And I've a carnal nature too,
That fights, with all its hellish might,
Against the God of my delight.

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