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2 Sinners on ev'ry side step in,
And wash away their pain and sin;
Still lie expiring at the pool. 3 Thou cov’nant Angel, swift come down,
To-day Thine own appointments crown!
And give them now their sacred use! 4 Thou seest me lying at the pool;
I would, Thou know'st I would be whole :
Excellency of the Scriptures. 1 FATHER of mercies, in Thy Word
What endless glory shines ! For ever be Thy Name ador'd
For these celestial lines.
Exhaustless riches find;
And lasting as the mind.
3 Here, the fair tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast; Sublimer sweets than Nature knows
Invite the longing taste.
4 Here, the REDEEMER's welcome voice
Spreads heav'nly peace around ;
Attend the blissful sound.
5 O may these heav'nly pages be
My ever dear delight!
6 Divine Instructor, gracious LORD,
Be Thou for ever near;
my SAVIOUR there.
Excellency of the Scriptures.
1 PRECIOUS Bible! what a treasure
Does the Word of God afford!
Food and MED'CINE, SHIELD and SWORD:
2 Food to which the world's a stranger,
Here my hungry soul enjoys;
Though it fills it never cloys:
3 When my faith is faint and sickly,
Or when Satan wounds my mind,
Healing MED'CINES here I find :
4. In the hour of dark temptation
Satan cannot make me yield; For the word of consolation
Is to me a mighty SHIELD: While the Scripture-truths are sure, From his malice I'm secure.
5 Vain his threats to overcome me,
When I take the Spirit's sword; Then with ease I drive him from me:
Satan trembles at the Word : 'Tis a sword for conquest made, Keen the edge, and strong the blade.
6 Shall I envy then the miser,
Doating on his golden store? Sure I am, or should be wiser,
I am rich, 'tis he is poor: JESUS gives me in His Word, FooD and MED'CINE, SHIELD and SWORD. Hymn.
Gospel of Christ.
1 GOD, in the Gospel of His Son,
Makes His eternal counsels known; 'Tis heré His richest mercy shines, And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
2 Here sinners of an humble frame
May taste His grace, and learn His Name; 'Tis writ in characters of blood, Severely just, immensely good.
3 Here Jesus, in ten thousand ways,
His soul-attracting charms displays,
4 Wisdom it's dictates here imparts,
To form our minds, to cheer our hearts:
5 Our raging passions it controls,
And comfort yields to contrite souls;
6 May this blest volume ever lie,
Close to my heart, and near my eye,
Law and Gospel compared. 1 THE Law commands, and makes us know
What duties to our God we owe:
Where lies our strength to do His will. 2 The Law discovers guilt and sin,
And shows how vile our hearts have been;
Forgiving love and cleansing grace.
Against the man that fails but once !
Pard'ning the guilt of num'rous years. 4 My soul, no more attempt to draw
Thy life and comfort from the Law;
1 WHAT shall the dying sinner do
That seeks relief for all his woe?
Ease for the torment of the mind ?
Or form our natures fit for heav'n?