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His Spirit did their tongues inspire,

And warm’d their hearts with heav'nly fire. 2 The works and wonders which they wroughal

Confirm'd the messages they brought:
The prophet's pen succeeds his breath, .

To save the holy words from death.
3 Great God! mine eyes with pleasure look

On the dear volume of thy book;
There my Redeemer's face I see,

And real his name who died for me 4 the false raptures of the mind

Be lost, and vanish in the wind;
Here I can fix my hope secure
This is thy word, and must endure.

(204.) C. M. 3.

The same.
1 FATHER of mercies, in thy word

What endless glory shines'
For ever be thy name aclor'd

For these celestial lines.
2 Here may the wretched sons of want

Exhaustless riches find;
iches, above what earth can grant,

And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the fair tree of knowledge growe,

And yields a free repast;
Sublimer sweets than nature knows

Invite the longing taste.
Here the Redeemer's welcome yolce

Spreads heav'nly peace around;
And life and everlasting joys

Attend the blissful sound.
5 O may these heav'nly pages be

My ever dear deliglit;
And still new beauties may I see,

6 Divine Instructer, gracious Lord!

Be thou for ever near.
Teach me to love thy sacred word,
And view my Saviour there.

(203.) C. M. 4. The word of God'an incomparable treasure, "LET avrice, borne from shore to shore,

Her fav’rite god pursue:
Thy worrl, O Lord, we value more

'I'han India or Peril.
2 flere mines of knowledge, lore, and joy,

Are open'l to our sight; The purest gold without alloy,

And gems divinely bright.
3 The counsels of redeeming grace

These sacred leaves unfold;
And here the Saviour's lovely face

Our raptur'd eyes behold.
4 Here liglit, descending from above,

Directs our doubtful feet; Here promises of heav'nly love

Our ardent wishes meet. , Our num'rous griefs are here redrest,

And all our wants supplied: Nauglit we can ask to make us blest

Is in this book denied.
6 For these inestimable gains,

That so enrich the mind,
O may we search with eager pains,
Assur'd that we shall find!

C. M. 5.

The value and comprehensiveness of the Bible
ET all the heathen writers join,

To form one perfect book:
Great God! if once compard with thine,
How mean their writings look!

5 Ye favour'd lands, who have this word,

Ye saints, who feel its saving power,
Unite. your tongues to praise the Lord,

And his listinguished grace adore. 9.

C. M. Instruction from Scripture. How shall the young secure their nearts,

And guard their lives from sin? Thy word the choicest rules imparts

To keep the conscience clean. 2 When once it enters to the mind,

It spreads such light abroad, The meanest souls instruction find,

And raise their thoughts to God. 3 'Tis like the sun, a heavenly light,

That guides us all the day;
And through the dangers of the night

A lamp to lead our way.
4 The men that keep thy law with care,

And meditate thy word,
Grow wiser than their teachers are,

And better know the Lord.
5 Thy precepts make me truly wise:

I hate the sinner's road;
I hate my own vain thoughts that rise,

But love thy law, my God.
6 Thy word is everlasting truth;

How pure is every page!
That holy book shall guide our youth,

And well support our age. 10.

C. M.

The glory of the word. 1 THE Spirit breathes upon the

word, And brings the truth to sight: Precepts and promises afford


& A glory gilds the sacred page,

Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age,

It gives—but borrow's none.
8 The hand that gave it still supplies

The gracious light and licat: His truths upon the nations rise,

They rise, but never set.
• Let everlasting thanks be thine,

For such a bright display,
As makes a world of darkness shine,
With beans of heavenly day.

(208.) C. M. 1. The Scriptures consolatory to the penitens LADEN with guilt

, and full of fears, I fly to thee, my Lord; And not a ray of hope appears,

But in thy written word. 2 The volume of my Father's grace

Does all my grief assuage; Here I behold my Saviour's face

Almost in.evry page. 3 This is the field, where hidden lies

The pearl of price unknown; l'hat merchant is divinely wise,

Who makes the pearl his own. 4 This is the judge, that ends the strife,

Where wit and reason fail; My guide to everlasting life,

'Through all this gloomy vale. s O may thy counsels, mighty God!

My roving feet command; Nor I forsake the happy road, I Lat leads to thy right hand.

C. M. 12.

A rational defence of the Gospol
SHALL atheists dare insult the cross
Or our Redeemer God?

Shall infidels reproach his laws,

Or trample on his blood?
? What if he chose mysterious ways,

To cleanse us from our faults?
May not the works of sovereign grace

Transcend our feeble thoughts? 3 What if the gospel bids us fight

With fesh, and self, and sin? The prize is most divinely bright,

Which we are call'd to win.
4 What if the foolish, and the poor,

His glorious grace partake?
This but confirms his truth the more,

For so the prophets spake.
5 Do some, that own his sacred name,

Indulge their souls in sin?
Jesus should never bear the blame,

His laws are pure and clean.
6 Then let our faith grow firm and strong,

Our lips profess his word;
Nor blush, nor fear to walk among

The men that love the Lord.


L. M. 13.

God exalted above all praise. 1 ETERNAL Power! whose high abode

Becomes the grandeur of a God; Infinite lengths, beyond the bounds

Where stars revolve their little rounds. 2 The lowest step around thy seat,

Rises too high for Gabriel's feet;
In vain the tall archangel tries
To reach thine height with wond'ring cyce
Lord, what shall earth and ashes do!
We would adore our Maker too;

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