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8s & 7s.
Forsaking all to follow Christ.
1 JESUS, I my cross have taken,
2 Man may trouble and distress me;
'Twill but drive me to thy breast:
Heaven will bring me sweeter rest:
Security in the Cross.
1 HERE at thy cross, incarnate God,
2 Should worlds conspire to drive me thence,
3 But speak, my Lord, and calm my fear; Am I not safe beneath thy shade? Thy justice will not strike me here,
Nor Satan dare my soul invade.
4 Yes, I'm secure beneath thy blood,
And all my foes shall lose their aim;
And my best honors to his name.
Desiring Assurance of the divine Favor. 1 IN vain the world's alluring smile Would my unwary heart beguile; Deluding world! its brightest day Dream of a moment-flits away. 2 To nobler bliss my soul aspires; Come, Lord, and fill these large desires With power, and light, and love divine; O, speak, and tell me thou art mine. 3 The blissful word, with joy replete,
Shall bid my gloomy fears retreat;
On wings of faith, above the skies,
1 YE earthly vanities, depart;
For Christ alone deserves my heart,
2 His heart, where love and pity dwelt
3 Can I my bleeding Saviour view,
4 Great God, forbid: O, bind this heart,
So firm, that it may ne'er depart,
In chains of love divine.
Parting with All for Christ.
1 YE glittering toys of earth, adieu;
2 Jesus, to multitudes unknown,
I'd clasp it to my joyful heart,
3 Should earth's vain treasures all depart, Of this dear gift possessed,
4 Dear portion of my soul's desires,
Security and Comfort in God.
1 THIS world would be a wilderness,
2 My Friend art thou where'er I go,
3 When foes intrude or tyrants frown,
To thee I make my sorrows known,
4 'Midst rising winds and beating storms,
I find in thee a hiding-place,
Living by Faith on the Son of God.
1 BLEST Jesus, while in mortal flesh
Still would my spirit rest on thee,
2 On thy dear cross I fix my eyes,
3 Be dead, my heart, to worldly charms;
And tell the boldest foe without,
1 O LORD, thou art my Lord,
3 Too long my feet have strayed In sin's forbidden way
2 Thy sovereign right I own,
Thy glorious power confess;
But since thou hast my soul reclaimed,
4 My soul, to Jesus joined
By faith, and hope, and love,
5 Accept, O Lord, my heart;
Nor suffer me from hence to stray,
Delight in God.
1 O LORD, I would delight in thee,
2 When all created streams are dried,
3 No good in creatures can be found,
4 O Lord, I cast my care on thee;
1 I SEND the joys of earth away;
And empty as the whistling wind. 2 Your streams were floating me along Down to the gulf of dark despair; And while I listened to your song, Your streams had e'en conveyed me there.
3 Lord, I adore thy matchless grace,
That warned me of that dark abyss, That drew me from those treacherous seas, And bade me seek superior bliss.
4 Now to the shining realms above
I stretch my hands and glance my eyes; O for the pinions of a dove,
To bear me to the upper skies!