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5 O, let thy beams resplendent shine,
And every cloud remove;
Transform my powers, and fit my
For happier scenes above.

soul

HYMN 303. C. M. [#]

Influence of Grace.

1 My God, what silken cords are thine! How soft, and yet how strong!

Whilst power, and truth, and grace, combine To draw our souls along.

2 When crushed beneath the heavy yoke
Of folly and of sin,

Thy hand our iron bondage broke,
Our grateful hearts to win.

3 The guilt of twice ten thousand sins
Thy mercy takes away :

Thy promise, when the war begins,
Secures the crowning day.

4 Comfort, through all this vale of tears,
In rich profusion flows:

The glory of unnumbered years
Eternity bestows.

5 Drawn by such cords, we onward move,
Till round thy throne we meet,
And, captives in the chains of love,
Fall at our Conqueror's feet.

HYMN 304. S. M. [#]

Grace.

1 GRACE, 'tis a charming sound,
Harmonious to the ear:

Heaven with the echo shall resound,
And all the earth shall hear.

2 Grace first contrived the way
To save rebellious man;
And all the steps that grace display
Which drew the wondrous plan.

3 Grace taught my roving feet

To tread the heavenly road ;
And new supplies each hour I meet,
While pressing on to God.

4 Grace all the work shall crown,
Through everlasting days:
It lays in heaven the topmost stone,
And well deserves the praise.

HYMN 305. C. M. [# or b ]

Display of divine Grace.

1 WHEN God revealed his gracious name,
And changed my mournful state,
My rapture seemed a pleasing dream,
The grace appeared so great.

2 The world beheld the glorious change,
And did thy hand confess :

My tongue broke out in unknown strains,
And sung surprising grace.

3 The Lord can clear the darkest skies,
Can give us day for night,
Make drops of sacred sorrow rise
To rivers of delight.

4 Let those who sow in sadness wait
Till the rich harvest come;
They shall confess their sheaves are great,
And shout the blessings home.

HYMN 306. H. M. [#]
Grace Triumphant.

1 BEFORE the world was made,
Or sun or planets shone,
Salvation's base was laid

In God's anointed Son,
Who came to spread the truth abroad,
And reconcile a world to God.

2 By mercy's hand upheld, Firmly his purpose stands : What love his bosom filled!

What kindness moved his hands! What pity warmed his pleading breath, Who meekly blest his foes in death!

3 Now, raised to realms above,

Where boundless mercies shine, Will Christ forget his love? Forget this heart of mine? O, no; his favours never end ; He's there, as here, the sinner's Friend.

4 Hail, all-triumphant hour

In which my Saviour rose !

The
has lost its power;
grave
My soul, forget thy woes.
Widely he'll spread his grace abroad,
And safely guide a world to God.

FAITH AND HOPE.

HYMN 307. 81. L. M. [#]

Faith in God.

1 GOD is our Refuge and Defence, In trouble our unfailing Aid; Secure in his omnipotence,

What foe can make our soul afraid? Yea, though the earth's foundations rock,

And mountains down the gulf be hurled, His people smile amid the shock;

They look beyond this transient world.

2 Thither let fervent faith aspire;

Our treasure and our heart be there;
O for a seraph's wing of fire-

No, on the mightier wings of prayer,
We reach at once that last retreat,

And, ranged among the ransomed throng, Fall with the elders at his feet

Whose name alone inspires their song.

3 Ah, soon, how soon, our spirits droop, Unwont the air of heaven to breathe ; Yet God, in very deed, will stoop,

And dwell himself with men beneath.

Come to thy living temples, then,
As in the ancient times appear;
Let earth be paradise again,
And man, O God, thine image here.

HYMN 308. L. M. [#]

We walk by Faith, not by Sight.

1 'Tis by the faith of joys to come

We walk through deserts dark as night; Till we arrive at heaven, our home,

Faith is our guide and truth our light.

2 The want of sight she well supplies;

She makes the pearly gates appear;
Far into distant worlds she pries,

And brings eternal glories near.

3 Cheerful we tread the desert through,
While faith receives a heavenly ray,
Though lions roar, and tempests blow,
And rocks and dangers fill the way.

4 So Abram, by divine command,

Left his own house to walk with God:
His faith beheld the promised land,
And fired his zeal along the road.

HYMN 309. C. M. [#]

Vision of Faith.

1 HIGH on the mountain's towering head, While darkness veils the sky,

Faith stands, and, through the stormy cloud, Directs her anxious eye.

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