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1 BACKWARD with humble shame we look

On our original !
How is our nature dash'd and broke

In our first father's fall !

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2 To all that's good averse and blind ;

But prone to all that's ill :
What dreadful darkness veils our mind!

How obstinate our will!

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3 Yet, mighty God! Thy wondrous love

Can make our nature clean,
While Christ and grace prevail above

The tempter, death, and sin.

4. The second ADAM shall restore

The ruins of the first: Hosanna to that soy'reign Pow'r,

Which new creates our dust!

Our fallen state by Nature.

1 How sad our state by nature is!

Our sin, how deep it's stains ! And Satan binds our captive minds

Fast in his slavish chains.

2 But there's a voice of sov'reign grace

Sounds from the sacred Word; Ho! ye despairing sinners, come,

And trust upon the Lord.

3 O may we hear th' Almighty call,

And run to this relief!
We would believe Thy promise, LORD;

O help our unbelief!

4. To the blest fountain of Thy blood

Teach us, O LORD, to fly!
There may we wash our spotted souls

From sins of deepest dye!

5 Stretch out. Thine arm, victorious King,

Our reigning sins subdue ;
Drive the old dragon from his seat,

And form our hearts anew..

6 Poor, guilty, weak, and helpless worms, " ",

On Thy kind arm we fall;
Be Thou our strength and righteousness,

Our Jesus and our All.

Our fallen state by Nature.

1 GREAT King of glory and of grace,

We own with humble shame,
How vile is our degenerate race,

· And our first father's name.
2 From Adam flows our tainted blood,

The poison reigns within,
Makes us averse to all that's good,

And willing slaves to sin.
3 We live estrang'd afar from God,

And love the distance well;
With haste we run the dang'rous road

That leads to death and hell.
4 And can such rebels be restor'd?

Such natures made divine ?
Let sinners see Thy glory, LORD,

And feel this pow'r of Thine. 5 We praise our FATHER's Name on high,

Who sends His SPIRIT down,
To bring rebellious strangers nigh,

And raise them to His throne.


Helplessness of fallen Mar.
1 HOW helpless guilty nature lies,

Unconscious of it's load!
The heart unchang'd can never rise

To happiness and God,

2 The will perverse, the passions blind,

In paths of ruin stray :
Reason, so sunk, can never find

The safe, the narrow way.
3 Can aught beneath a pow'r divine

The stubborn will subdue ? 'Tis Thine, eternal SPIRIT, thine

To form the heart anew.
4 O shine on us, with quick’ning ray,

And bid the sinner live!
That we may walk the heav'nly way,
And endless praises give.


Deceitfulness of Sin. 1 SIN has a thousand treacherous arts

To practise on the mind; With fatt'ring looks she tempts our hearts,

But leaves a sting behind.
2 With names of virtue she deceives

The aged and the young ;
And while the heedless wretch believes,

She makes his fetters strong.
3 She pleads for all the joys she brings,

And gives a fair pretence;
But cheats the soul of heav'nly things,

And chains it down to sense. 4 So on a tree divinely fair

Grew the forbidden food;
Our mother took the poison there,"

And tainted all her blood.

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2 And can such sinners be restor'd?

Such rebels reconcil'd ?
Can grace itself the means afford

To make a foe a child ?

3 Yes, grace has found the wondrous means,

Which shall effectual prove,
To cleanse us from our countless sins,

And teach our hearts to love.

4. JEsus for sinners undertakes,

And died that we may live;
His blood a full atonement makes,

And cries aloud, “ Forgive."

5 The holy SPIRIT must reveal

The SAVIOUR'S work and worth ; Then the hard heart begins to feel

A new and heav'nly birth.


6 Thus, bought with blood, and born again,

Redeem'd and sav'd by grace, Rebels in God's own house obtain

A son's and daughter's place. .

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