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The Word of God.

1 WORD of the ever-living God!
Will of his glorious Son!
Without thee how could earth be trod,
Or heaven itself be won?

C. M.

2 Yet, to unfold thy hidden worth, Thy mysteries to reveal,


That Spirit which first gave thee forth Thy volume must unseal!

3 And we, if we aright would learn
The wisdom it imparts,
Must to its heavenly teaching turn,
With simple, childlike hearts!

H. M.


Efficacy and Success of the Gospel.

1 MARK the soft-falling snow,
And the diffusive rain!

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To heaven from whence it fell,
It turns not back again;

And calls forth all

Through every pore, Her secret store.

But waters earth

2 Arrayed in beauteous green,
The hills and.valleys shine,
And man and beast are fed
By Providence divine:
The harvest bows
Its golden ears,


3 So," saith the God of grace,
"My Gospel shall descend,
Almighty to effect

The purpose I intend;

Millions of souls

Shall feel its power,

The copious seed
Of future years.

C. M.


Prayer for a Blessing on the Word.

1 FATHER of all, in whom, alone,
We live, and move, and breathe,
One bright celestial ray send down,
And cheer thy sons beneath.

And bear it down
To millions more."


2 While in thy word we search for thee,
O fill our souls with awe;
Thy light impart, that we may see
The wonders of thy law.

3 Now let our darkness comprehend
The light that shines so clear;
Now thy revealing Spirit send,
And give us ears to hear.


Progress of Gospel Truth.

1 UPON the Gospel's sacred page
The gathered beams of ages shine;
And, as it hastens, every age
But makes its brightness more divine.

L. M.


2 On mightier wing, in loftier flight,
From year to year does knowledge soar;
And, as it soars, the Gospel light
Adds to its influence more and more.

3 Truth, strengthened by the strength of thought,
Pours inexhaustible supplies,
Whence sagest teachers may be taught,
And wisdom's self becomes more wise.

4 More glorious still as centuries roll,
New regions blessed, new powers unfurled,
Expanding with the expanding soul,
Its waters shall o'erflow the world; ·

5 Flow to restore, but not destroy;

As when the cloudless lamp of day
Pours out its flood of light and joy,
And sweeps each lingering mist away.

C. M.


Light and Glory of the Word.

1 THE Spirit breathes upon the word,
And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford
A sanctifying light.


2 A glory gilds the sacred page, Majestic like the sun!

It gives a light to every age;
It gives, but borrows none.

3 The hand that gave it still supplies The gracious light and heat;

His truths upon the nations rise,

They rise, but never set.

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4 Let everlasting thanks be thine, For such a bright display,

As makes a world of darkness shine
With beams of heavenly day.

C. M.


"Thou shalt teach them to thy children." Psalm 78.

1 HEAR, O my people! to my law Devout attention lend;


Let the instruction of my mouth
Deep in your hearts descend.

2 My tongue, by inspiration taught,
Shall parables unfold,
Dark oracles, but understood,
And owned for truths of old:

3 Which we from sacred registers
Of ancient times have known,
And our forefathers' pious care
To us has handed down,-

4 That generations yet to come
Should to their unborn heirs
Religiously transmit the same,
And they again to theirs ;

5 To teach them that in God alone
Their hope securely stands;
That they should ne'er his works forget,
But keep 'his just commands.


God's Glory in the Gospel.

1 Now to the Lord a noble song!
Awake, my soul, awake, my tongue!
Hosanna to the Eternal Name,
And all his boundless love proclaim.

L M.

2 The spacious earth and spreading flood
Proclaim the wise, the powerful God;
And thy rich glories from afar
Sparkle in every rolling star.


3 But in the Gospel of thy Son
Are all thy mightiest works outdone;
The light it pours upon our eyes
Outshines the wonders of the skies.


4 Our spirits kindle in its beam :
It is a sweet, a glorious theme:
Ye angels, dwell upon the sound!
Ye heavens, reflect it to the ground!


Power of God's Word.

BEHOLD, the morning sun Begins his glorious way; His beams through all the nations run, And life and light convey.

S. M.


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