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2 Light of those whose dreary dwelling Bordered on the shades of death, He hath, by his grace revealing, Scattered all the clouds beneath. 3 Father, Source of all compassion,

Pure, unbounded Love thou art; Hail, the God of our salvation, Praise him, every thankful heart! 4 Joyfully on earth adore him,

Till in heaven we take our place; There, enraptured, fall before him,

Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

HYMN 296. C. M. [#]

Celestial Grace.

1 RAISE your triumphant songs
To an immortal tune;

Let the wide earth resound the deeds
Celestial grace hath done.

2 Sing how eternal Love

Its brightest Image chose,
And bade him raise our sinful race
From their abyss of woes.

3 Now, sinners, dry your tears; Let hopeless sorrow cease; Bow to the sceptre of his love,

And take the offered peace.

4 Lord, we obey thy call;
We lay an humble claim
To the salvation thou hast brought,
And love and praise thy name.

HYMN 297. C. M. [#]

Grace perfected in Glory.

1 How rich thy favours, God of grace!
How various, how divine!

Full as the ocean they are poured,
And bright as heaven they shine.

2 God to eternal glory calls,

And points the wondrous way
To those bright realms of peace and joy
Where reigns unclouded day.

3 The songs of everlasting years
That mercy shall attend,
Which leads, through sufferings of an hour,
To joys that never end.

HYMN 298. C. M. [#]

Nature and Grace.

1 INDULGENT Father, how divine,
How rich thy bounties are!
Through nature's ample round they shine,
Thy goodness to declare.

2 But in the nobler work of grace
Unbounded mercy smiles,

Reflected from the Saviour's face,
And every fear. beguiles.

3 Such wonders, Lord, while we survey,
To thee our thanks shall rise,
When morning ushers in the day,
Or evening veils the skies.

4 When glimmering life resigns its flame,
Thy praise shall tune our breath;
The sweet remembrance of thy name
Shall gild the shades of death.

5 But, O, how blessed our songs shall rise
In glad seraphic lay,
When all thy glories meet our eyes
Through an eternal day.

HYMN 299. L. M. [#]
Excellency of Grace.

1 To thee my heart, eternal King,
Would now its thankful tribute bring;
To thee its humble homage raise,
In songs of ardent, grateful praise.

2 All nature shows thy boundless love,
In worlds below, and worlds above;
But in thy sacred word I trace
The richest glories of thy grace.

3 There Jesus bids our sorrows cease,
And gives the labouring conscience peace;
Raises our grateful feelings high,
And points to mansions in the sky.

4 For grace like this, O may our song
Through endless years thy praise prolong,
And distant climes thy name adore,
Till time and nature are no more!

HYMN 300. C. M. [# or b]

Sufficiency of Grace.

1 WHY does your face, ye humble souls, Those mournful colours wear?

What doubts are these that waste your faith, And nourish your despair?

2 What though your mighty guilt beyond The wide creation go,

And hath its strong foundations laid
Deep as the shades below?

3 See, here an endless ocean flows
Of never-failing grace!
Behold, a dying Saviour's veins
The sacred flood increase!

4 It rises high, and drowns the hills,
Has neither shore nor bound:
Now, if we search to find our sins,
Our sins can ne'er be found.

5 Awake, our hearts, adore the grace
That buries all our faults,
And pardoning blood, that swells above
Our follies and our thoughts.

HYMN 301. L. M. [#]

Grace of God through Christ.
1 IMMORTAL God, on thee we call,
The great Original of all!
By thee we are, to thee we tend,
Our sure Support, our glorious End.

2 We praise thy free, thy heavenly grace,
Which pitied our revolted race,
And Jesus, our victorious Head,
The Captain of salvation made.

3 He, thine eternal love decreed,

Should many sons to glory lead;
And rich supplies through him are given,
To fit us for the joys of heaven.

4 A scene of wonders here we see,
Worthy thy Son, and worthy thee:
This theme shall now inspire our tongues,
And raise in heaven our noblest songs.

HYMN 302. C. M. [# or b]
Transforming Grace.

1 My God, the visits of thy face
Afford superior joy

To all the flattering world can give,
Or mortal hopes employ.

2 But clouds and darkness intervene ;
My brightest joys decline;
And earth's gay trifles oft ensnare
This wandering heart of mine.

3 Lord, guide my roving heart to thee; Unsatisfied I stray:

Break through the shades of sense and sin
With thy enlivening ray.

4 Lord, raise my faith, my hope, my heart,
To those transporting joys;
Then shall I scorn each little snare
Which this vain world employs.

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