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3 Proclaim “ salvation from the Lord,

“For wretched dying men;" His hand has writ the sacred word,

With an immortal pen.
4 Engrav'd as in eternal brass,

The mighty promise shines;
Nor can the pow’rs of darkness rase,

Those everlasting lines.
5 He that can dash whole worlds to death,

And make them when he please ;
He speaks,- and that almighty breath,..

Fulfils his great decrees.
His very word of grace is strong,

As that which built the skies;
The voice that rolls the stars along, . ,

Speaks all the promises. He said, “ Let the wide heav'n be spread,"

And heav'n was stretch'd abroad ; " Abra'm, I'll be thy God,” he said,

And he was Abra'm's God.

$0, might I hear thy heav'nly tongue,

But whisper, Thou art mine ! Those gentle words should raise my song,

To notes almost divine.

How would my leaping heart rejoice,

And think my heav'n secure ! I trust the all-creating voice;

And faith desires no more.

322. Precious Promises. 2 Peter i. 4. (P.1

1 L OW firm a foundation, ye saints of the 1

I1 Is laid for your faith, in his excellent w What more can be say, than to you he hath

You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled. 2 In every condition, in sickness, in health,

In poverty's vale, or abounding with wealt
At home and abroad, on the land, on the s

As days may demand, so thy succour shall 3 “ Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismay

I; I am thy God, and will still give thee aid “I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause

to stand, “ Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent har 4. “When thro' the deep waters I cause theet

“ The rivers of trouble shall not thee o'erflo “For I will be with thee, thy troubles to ble

“ And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress. 5 “When through fiery trials thy path way sha

“My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply “ The flame shall not hurt thee, I only desig

“ Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to ref 6 “E'en down to old age, all my people shall pl

“My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love “ And when hoary hairs shall their temples al

“Like lambs they shall still in my bosom bel 7 “The soul that on Jesus hath lean'd for repa

“ I will not, I will not, desert to bis foes;
“ That soul, tho' all hell should endeavor

shake,
“ I'll never, no never, no never forsake."

23. God's Fidelity to his Promises. Rom. xi. 29.

(P.M.)

I THE promises I sing,

1 Which sovereign love hath spoke;
Nor will th’ eternal King,
His words of grace revoke;

They stand secure,
And stedfast still;
Not Zion's hill,
Abides so sure.

2 The mountains melt away,
When once the Judge appears,
And sun and moon decay,
That measure mortal years;

But still the same, b. In radiant lines,

The promise shines,
Through all the flame.

3 Their harmony shall sound,

Through my attentive ears,
When thunders cleave the ground,
And dissipate the spheres ;

Midst all the shock,
Of that dread scene,
I stand serene,
Thy word my rock.

MERCY.

Divine Mercy celebrated. Psalm lxxxix,

and cxxxvi. (P. M.) I THY mercy, my God, is the theme of my so 1 The joy of my heart, and the boast of

tongue : Thy free grace alone, from the first to the la Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fa 2 Without thy free mercy I could not live here

Sin soon would reduce me to utter despair : But, through thy free goodness, my spirits revi

And he that first made me, still keeps me ali 3 Whene'er I mistake, thy kind mercy begins

To melt me, and then I can mourn for my sin And, led by the Spirit to Jesus's blood,

My sorrows are dry’d and my strength is renew 4 Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart

Which wonders to feel its own hardness depal Dissolv'd by thy sun-shine, I fall to the groun

And weep to the praise of the mercy I found. 5 Thy mercy is endless, most tender and free;

No sinner need doubt, since 'tis giv'n to me; No merit will buy it, nor fears stop its course Good works are the fruits of its freeness and forc 6 Thy mercy in Jesus exempts me from hell;

Its glories I'll sing, and its wonders I'll tell ; 'Twas Jesus my friend, when he hung on the tre That open'd the channel of mercy for me.

Great Father of mercies, thy goodvess I own,
And the covenant love of thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, whose witness divine,
Seals mercy and pardon, and righteousness, mine.

325. Salvation by Grace. Eph. ii. 5. (S. M.) ..O RACE! 'tis a charming sound,

U Harmonious to my ear ;
Heav'n with the echo shall resound,

And all the earth shall hear. 2 Grace first contriv'd a way

To save rebellious man,
And all the steps that grace display,

Which drew the wond'rous plan. 3 Grace taught my wand'ring feet,

To tread the heav'nly 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 heav'n the topmost stone,

And well deserves the praise.

326. The returning Backslider ; or, a Prayer for

returning Grace. Hosea xiv. 1, 2. (P.M.) 11 W EARY of wand'ring from my God,

And now made willing to return,
I hear, and bow me to the rod :

For thee, not without hope, I mournis
I have an Advocate above,
A Friend before the throne of love.

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