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But own my heart,with shame and grief,
A sink of sin and unbelief.

2 Lord, in thy house I'm told there's room,

With doubts and fears behold I come:
But can there-tell me-can there be,
Among thy children, room for me?

3 For sinners, JESUS came to bleed;
And I'm a sinner, vile indeed!
Lord, I believe thy grace is free,
O magnify that grace in me.

291. Comfort Restored to the Repenting Backslider. C. M.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. PSALM li. 12.

LORD, to my soul speak peace again,
And cheer my
broken heart:
No voice but thine can soothe my pain,
Or bid my fears depart.

2 And canst thou still vouchsafe to own A wretch so vile as I?

And may I still approach thy throne,
And Abba, Father," cry?

30 then let saints and angels join,
And help me to proclaim

The grace that heals a fall like mine,
And puts my foes to shame!

4 My SAVIOUR, by his pow'rful word,
Has turn'd my night to day;
And his salvation's joys restor❜d,
Which I had sinn'd away.

5 Lord, let me wonder and adore :
Thy grace is all divine;
O keep me that I sin no more,
Against such love as thine!

292. Repenting. L. M.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquíties; create in me a clean heart, O GOD; and renew a right spirit within me.-PSALM li. 9, 10.

O THOU that hear'st when sinners cry, Though all my crimes before thee lie, Behold them not with angry look, But blot their mem'ry from thy book. 2 Create my nature pure within, And form my soul averse from sin : O let thy Spirit ne'er depart,

Nor hide thy presence from my heart.

3 I cannot live without thy light, Cast out and banish'd from thy sight;

'Thy holy joys, my God, restore, And guard me that I fall no more.

4 Though I have griev'd thy Spirit, Lord,
His help and comfort still afford;
Let me, tho' vile, approach thy throne,
To plead the merits of thy SoN.

5 Then will I teach the world thy ways,
Sinners shall learn thy sov'reign grace;
I'll lead them to my SAVIOUR'S blood,
And they shall praise a pard'ning GOD.
60 may thy love inspire my tongue,
Salvation shall be all my song!
And all my powers shall join to bless
The Lord, my strength and righteous-


293. Repenting. L.M.

O LORD GOD of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee. Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; for my soul is full of trouble.-PSALM lxxxviii. I to 3.

O LORD, my GOD, in mercy turn,
In mercy bear a sinner mourn ;
To thee I call, to thee I cry,
O leave me, leave me not to die!

2 I strove against thee, Lord, I know,
I spurn'd thy grace, I mock'd thy law;
Ah! should the day of grace be past,
And ev'ry hope prove vain at last!

3 For pleasure I have giv'n my soul,
And scorn'd religion's kind controul;
For worldly views despis'd my GOD,
And dar'd his sin-avenging rod.

4 O pleasures fled, what are ye now
But thorns about my bleeding brow?
Wak'd by remorse, ye live again,
And aggravate my bitter pain.

5 One hope remains-yes, there I'll cling;
I'll crouch beneath a SAVIOUR's wing;
I'll clasp his cross: and kneeling there
E'en me, redeeming love may spare.

294 Determining to cleave to Christ.C.M.

Then said JESUS unto the twelve, will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that CHRIST, the Son of the living GOD.-JOHN vi. 67 to 69.

WHEN any turn from Zion's way,
(Alas! what numbers do!)
Methinks I hear my SAVIOUR say,
"Wilt thou forsake me too?"

2 Ah, Lord! with such a heart as mine,
Unless thou hold me fast;

I feel I must, I shall decline,
And prove like them at last.

3 Yes, thou alone hast power, I know,
To save a wretch like me:
To whom, or whither, could I go,
If I should turn from thee?

4 Beyond a doubt I rest assur'd,
Thou art the CHRIST of GOD,
Who hast eternal life secur'd
By promise and by blood.

5 No voice but thine can give me rest,
And bid my fears depart :

No love but thine can make me blest,
And satisfy my heart.

6 What anguish has that question stirr'd, If I will also go?

Yet, Lord, relying on thy word,
I humbly answer, No!

295. Resting on Christ. S.M.

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art the
GOD of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.-

JESUS, my truth, my way,
My sure unerring light;
On thee my feeble soul I stay,
Which thou wilt lead aright.

2 My wisdom and my guide,
My counsellor thou art:

O never let me leave thy side,
Or from thy paths depart.

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