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JESUS, I love thee fervently!
As thou upon th' accursed tree
Wast slain for my transgression:
I'm glad, and grateful tears bedew
My cheeks, when I in spirit view
Thy death and bitter passion!
This gives the impulse, Lord that I
In truth can love thee heartily,
My love to thee thou knowest best ;
But yet defective 'tis confest;
Thou highest Good!
Thy precious blood-that cleansing
Claims that my love more ardent glow'd.
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THEY who devoted are to our dear Lord,
And who beneve in his most precious
Of Brotherly Love and Union of Spirit.
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THEY who Jesus' foll'wers are,
And enjoy his Shepherd-care,
By a mutual, hearty love
Their belief in Jesus
2 From their being join'd in one,
By the faith of God's dear Son,
Boundless blessings they receive,
And to Christ desire to live.
3 None in his own wisdom trusts,
None of his attainments boasts,
Each his brother doth esteem,
And himself the meanest deem.
4 They're delighted, when they all
With one voice on Jesus call;
And when fitly, without strife,
Each his duty doth in life.
5 Meek they are to all mankind,
To good offices inclin❜d,
Ready, when revil'd, to bless,
Studious of the public peace.
6 Tender pity, love sincere
To their enemies they bear;
And, as Christ affords them light,
Order all their steps aright,
7 Jesus, all our souls inspire,
Fill us with love's sacred fire,
Thus will all in us perceive
That we in thy name believe.
May it to the world appear,
That we thy disciples are,
By our loving mutually,
By our being one in thee.
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BEHOLD US, Lord, rough stones we are,
Yet for thy building us prepare;
Reject not one of us, we pray,
Thy Spirit's voice may we obey.
2 O may thy flock still more increase
In mutual love, and perfect peace;
In harmony, with fervent zeal,
Serve thee, and do thy holy will.
3 Lord, grant us a forgiving mind,
To patience and to peace inclin'd,
That we may with each other bear;
To cherish love be all our care.
4 Tender compassion may we show,
Share in each others weal and woe,
With those who joyful are, rejoice,
And with the weeping sympathize.
JEHOVAH! holy Lamb,
Christ, who our hearts hast fired
With love, by thee inspired,
We praise thy saving name.
Thou giv'st us crowns of glory,
Which are not transitory,
Thou, who our flesh and blood
Assumedst, Lamb of God.
2 Thou art the lovliest,
Our only joy and treasure,
Our heart's delight and pleasure,
As long as love shall last:
And love shall ever flourish,
Tho' all things else must perish,
As God himself exprest.
Thou art the lovliest!
3 How fast can love-cords bind!
Thou by thy love hast bound us,
E'er since thy mercy found us,
Thou Shepherd, ever kind!
O let us taste thy favor,
And thy rich bounty savor,
We're closely to thee join'd,
How fast can love-cords bind!
4 O boundless love and grace!
When we shall sing Christ's praises
Above in heav'nly places,
Our voice we'll higher raise.
As Shepherd he will feed us,
Support, protect, and lead us,
Till we shall see his face,
O boundless love and grace!
5 The elder's holy choir,
Who are in the Lamb's presence,
And pay him their obeisance,
Cast down their crowns' attire:
We join their adoration,
And praise him with prostration,
'Fore him we humbly fall,
He is our All in all.
6 Thanks, wisdom, majesty,
His ransom'd congregation
Brings to him for salvation,
And for love's unity.
The Lamb who did deliver
Our souls, be prais'd for ever;
Blessing and honor be
To him eternally.
JESUS, grant me to inherit,
Strengthen'd by thy aiding grace,
Thro' the guidance of thy Spirit,
All the fruits of righteousness.
Grant me true humility,
Faith and zeal to live for thee;
To mankind O make me gracious,
To my friends and foes propitious.
2 Give me grace in all conditions
Firmly to adhere to thee;
And, 'midst all the exhibitions
Of thy boundless love to me, To let my poor neighbors share In my plenty, and my pray'r: By thy love to me imparted Make me always tender-hearted.
XXIV. Of following Jesus, and bearing his Reproach.
Yet they, by their conversation,
Afford a striking demonstration,
as the Lamb of God
That they in Christ true riches share:
The greatest meekness show'd,
JESUS, Lord most great and glorious,
Reward and Crown of the victorious,And
Restorer of lost Paradise:
We appear with supplication,
Before thee, God of our salvation,
And send to thee our fervent cries:
O Lord, our Righteousness!
'Tis thy delight to bless,
We desire it;
Come then, for we-belong to thee,
And bless us inexpressibly.
20 thou Well-spring of salvation!
We thee intreat, to form and fashion
Us all according to thy mind.
We, by nature spoil'd and marred,
Were from that happy life debarred,
Which in thy fellowship we find:
By thy almighty pow'r
Support us evermore,
Thou life's Fountain!
Without thy aid-we can't proceed,
Be thou our help in time of need.
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit,
They shall the realm of heav'n inherit,
Free grace is theirs, and endless bliss;
While all those who place reliance
On their own works, and bid defiance
will of salvation miss.
O may we all of thee
Learn true humility,
May we despise-all earthly joys,
For thee, the Pearl of greatest price.
4 They that mourn, blest is their station,
They find abundant consolation,
Since Jesus first that path did tread;
He prevailed while he suffer'd,
And now to us that cup is offer'd,
By which himself was perfected.
We can in no respect
Here constant joy expect,
Here is weeping;
At the Lamb's feast-is perfect rest,
Here, is a vale of tears at best.
5 Blessed are the meek in spirit,
They shall, saith Christ, the earth inherit;
Their life is hid with him while here;
Show in their conduct meekness too.
His path pursue, and as 'tis due
6 Blessed, who without cessation
Hunger and thirst for that salvation.
Which flows from Christ's pure right-
They are fill'd and satisfied, [eousness;
With richest dainties are supplied,
Who long and pant for saving grace.
Christ's body and his blood
Prove their life-giving food,
From year to year-they thrive,and bear
Fruits that to him well-pleasing are..
7 All the merciful are blessed,
For they, when in their turn distressed,
Shall mercy find most certainly.
Water to the poor afforded
Is as an act of love recorded,
And is rewarded gen'rously.
Who to the indigent
Doth prove beneficent,
He is blessed;
But wo to them-who scorn the same,
For God remembers not their name.
8 All the pure in heart are blessed,
Of joys unspeakable possessed,
They shall behold their God in peace,
They who faithful have remained
To Jesus, and preserv'd unstained
The garment of his righteousness,
Shall once obtain the grace,
To see him face to face:
I intreat thee,
Impart to me-that purity,
Dear Jesus, which I trace in thee.
9 They are objects of God's favor,
Who always faithfully endeavor,
Peace 'mongst their neighbors to
As his children them he owneth,
He with success their labor crowneth,
Such souls the choicest blessings gain.
Love is the character
Of each true follower
Of our Saviour;
That where'er thy steps I see
Simply I may follow thee.
4 Thou the great victorious Lamb,
Who all hosts of hell o'ercame,
Grant, that by thy blood I may
Conqu'ror be till thy great day.
5 When thou shalt on Zion stand,
May I be at thy right hand;
Clothed in the glorious dress
May he thro' grace-make us always
Intent upon promoting peace.
10 Blest are they who suffer gladly
For doing good and living godly,
Who Jesus for their pattern take:
Yea, who bear their cross with meekness,
Suff'ring with patience,'midst all weak-Of thy spotless righteousness.
And earthly joys for him forsake;[ness
For Jesus' help and love
Their consolation prove;
They who freely
For him will bear-reproach, while here, Of this world's vain store ;-The time
At last shall in his glory share.
11 Blest are they who are despised, In scornful manner stigmatized,
And for their Saviour's sake defam'd;
As the bride deems it an honor
Totake the bridegroom'sname upon her,
Should we of Jesus be asham'd?
Far, far be this from us,
Welcome reproach and cross;
We are Christians,
Who follow thee,-Lord, cheerfully,
Thro' honor, and thro' infamy.
12 Gracious Lord, who by thy passion
And death hast gained our salvation,
O may we all thy name confess;
May we be by faith united
To thee, who hast us all invited
To share eternal happiness.
Constrain us by thy love,
In all we do to prove
Dear Lord, of thee;-and grant that we
May ever love thee ardently.
for such trifles with me now is o'er, 2 A country I've found, Where true joys abound;-To dwell I'm determin'd on that happy ground, 3 The souls that believe, In Paradise live:-And me in that number will Jesus receive.
4 My soul, don't delay,
He calls thee away!-Rise, follow thy
Saviour, and bless the glad day.
5 No mortal doth know
What he can bestow,-What light,
strength&comfort; Go,follow him,go!
6 Perhaps, with the aim
To honor his name,-I may do some
dust tho' I am.
7 Yet this is confest,
I count it most blest,As at the begin-
ning, in him to find rest.
8 And when I'm to die,
"Receive me," I'll cry," For life
everlasting thou for me didst buy."
9 So closely in mind
To Jesus I'm join'd,He'll not live in
glory and leave me behind.
10 Lo, this is the race
I'm running thro' grace,-Henceforth,
till admitted to see my Lord's face.
LORD Jesus, 'tis with us thy aim,
That soul and body should be thine,
O take our hearts, and us incline
To be devoted to thy name,
2 What love can be compar'd with thine! | 2 Who hath to us so just a claim
As thou who didst our souls redeem And for us leave thy throne divine!
3 Go, all ye wise, without control
Your empty notions still pursue;
Jesus alone I have in view,
This pow'rful magnet draws my soul.
4 A subject I of Christ my King,
And tho' I poor and helpless be,
Yet all around shall plainly see
My Saviour is my ev'ry thing.
5 Thee I adore, most gracious Lord,
Grant that my walk in truth may
At all times pleasing unto thee,
Directed by thy holy word.
THOU meek & patient Lamb of God,
Who can by faith thy suffrings see,
And not devote himself to thee,
His life, and ev'ry drop of blood!
Thy dying love doth justly claim That I should live unto thy praise, Yea, gladly share in thy disgrace, And suffer freely for thy name.
IF father, mother, children, wife,
Houses, or lands, or ought in life,
Delude thy heart, that thou desist
From faith and love to Jesus Christ;
2 His words with due attention hear:
My cross whoever will not bear,
And all forsake to follow me,
He cannot my disciple be."
3 First let us duly count the cost,
And then in Jesus place our trust,
If we on him alone depend,
He 'inidst all trials proves our Friend.
Preserve us, Lord, from looking back:
4 If once the plough in hand we take,
O let us thro' thy aiding grace,
Pursue our course with steadiness.
5 On those who faithful prove to death,
And show by works of love their faith,
A crown of life thou once wilt place,
Before thy Father them confess.
Serve me, amidst oppression;
The world, and all its joys forsake,
And shun no tribulation:
Come follow me, and humbly bear
My cross, and in my suff'rings share."
2 Then let us follow Christ our Lord,
Both soul and body off'ring,
Be cheerfully, with one accord,
Partakers of his suff'ring;
For they who show true faithfulness
Shall gain a rich reward of grace.
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We follow our Saviour,
Whose name and profession
We'll honor for ever,
His shame we bear,--and gladly share.