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8 My life, whilst thou preserv'st my life,

Thy sacrifice shall be;
And O may death, when death shall come,

Unite my soul to Thee !

354. Creation and Providence. (C. M.)

1 I ORD, when our raptur'd thought surv

U Creation's beauties o'er ;
All nature joins to teach thy praise,

And bid our souls adore.
2 Where'er we turn our gazing eyes,

Thy radiant footsteps shine ;
Ten thousand pleasing wonders rise,

And speak their source divine.
3 The living tribes of countless forms,

In earth, and sea, and air;
The meanest flies, the smallest worms,

Almighty power declare. 4 Thy wisdom, power, and goodness, Lord,

In all thy works appear;
And, O! let man thy praise record;

Man, thy distinguish'd care!
6 From thee the breath of life he drew ;

That breath thy power maintains ;
Thy. tender mercy, ever new,

His brittle frame sustains.
6 Yet nobler favours claim his praise,

Of reason's light possess'd;
By revelation's brightest rays,

Still more divinely bless'd.

7 Tby providence, his constant guard,

When threat’ning woes impend;
Or will th' impending dangers ward,

Or timely succours lend.
8 On us that providence has shone,

With gentle smiling rays ;
0, may our lips and lives make known,

Thy goodness and thy praise !

355. Every Creature at God's Command. (P. M.)

ITLIJAH'S example declares,

Whatever distress may betide,
The saints may commit all their cares

To him, who will always provide.
When rain, long with-held from the earth,

Occasion'd a famine of breaa,
The prophet, secur’d from the dearth,

By ravens was constantly fed. 2 More likely to rob than to feed,

Were ravens who live upon prey;
But where the Lord's people have need,

His goodness will find out a way.
This instance to those may seem strange,

Who know not how faith can prevail ;
But sooner all nature shall change,

Than one of God's promises fail. 3 Nor is it a singular case ;

The wonder is often renew'd ; And many may say, to God's praise,

By ravens he sendeth them food.

Thus worldlings, though ravens indeed,

Though greedy and selfish their mind, If God has a servant to feed,

Against their own will can be kind. 4 Thus Satan, the raven unclean,

That croaks in the ears of the saints,
O’erruld by a power upseen,

Administers oft to their wants :
God teaches them how to find food,

From all the temptations they feel :
This raven, who thirsts for my blood,

Has belp'd me to many a meal.
5 How safe and how happy are they,

Who on the good Shepherd rely!
He'll give them out strength for the day,

Their wants he will surely supply:
He ravens and lions can tame,

All creatures obey his command :
Then let me rejoice in his name,

And leave all my cares in his hand.


356. Original and actual Sin confessed. (L. 1 I ORD, I am vile, conceiv'd in sin;

U And born unholy and unclean;
Sprung from the man whose guilty fall

Corrupts the race, and taints us all. 2 Soon as we draw our infant breath,

The seeds of sin grow up for death ;
Thy law demands a perfect heart,
But we're defil'd in every part.

3 Great God, create my heart anew,
And form my spirit pure and true :
O make me wise betimes to spy
My danger and my remedy.
4 Behold I fall before thy face;
My only refuge is thy grace:
No outward forms can make me clean :

The leprosy lies deep within.
5 No bleeding bird, nor bleeding beast,

Nor hyssop branch, nor sprinkling priest,
Nor running brook, nor flood, nor sea,

Can wash the dismal stain away.
3 Jesus, my God, thy blood alone
Hath power sufficient to atone;
Thy blood can make me white as snow;
No Jewish types could cleanse me so.
✓ While guilt disturbs and breaks my peace,
Nor flesh nor soul bath rest or ease;
Lord, let me hear thy pardoning voice,
And make my broken bones rejoice.

7. Original Sin. Rom. v. 12. Job xiv. 4. (C. M.) [ RACKWARD with humble shame we look

D On our original;
How is our nature dash'd and broke,

In our first father's fall!
To all that's good, averse and blind,

But prone to all that's ill;
What dreadful darkness veils our mind! .
How obstinate our will.

3 Conceiv'd in sin, (O wretched state !)

Before we draw our breath;
The first young pulse begins to beat

Iniquity and death.
4 How strong in our degenerate blood,

The old corruption reigns ;
And, mingling with the crooked flood,

Wanders through all our veins !
5 Wild and unwholesome as the root,

Will all the branches be;
How can we hope for living fruit,

From such a deadly tree? . 6 What mortal power, from things unclean,

Can pure productions bring ?
Who can command a vital stream,

From an infected spring ?
7 Yet, mighty God, thy wond'rous love,

Can make our nature clean ;
While Christ and grace prevail above

The tempter, death, and sin.
8 The second Adam shall restore,

The ruins of the first;
Hosanna to that sov’reign power,

That new creates our dust.

358. Conviction of Sin by the Moral Law.

Rom. vii. 8, &c. (C. M.) 1 I ORD, how secure my conscience was,

U And felt no inward dread ;
I was alive without the law,

And thought my sins were dead.

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