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4 [Led by that we brave the ocean;
We shall gain the port at last;
Think on toils and dangers past. 6 [O! what pleasures there await us!
There the tempests cease to roar: There it is that those who hate us
Can molest our peace no more.
On that tranquil happy shore.]
323 Victory secured to the Believer.
Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: my goodness, and my fortress; my high tower and my deliverer; my shield, &c.-PSALM cxliv. 1, 2.
FOR ever blessed be the Lord,
2 When sin and hell their force unite,
3 A friend and helper so divine
*324. The Backslider Returning. C.M.
Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our GOD.-JEREMIAH iii. 22.
HOW oft, alas! this wretched heart
2 Yet sov❜reign mercy calls," Return :" Dear Lord! and may I come?
My vile ingratitude I mourn;
3 And canst thou, wilt thou yet forgive,
The Hymns to the end of the Section relate to Chris. tian Experience.
4 Almighty grace, thy healing power
That can to life and bliss restore
5 Thy pard'ning love, so free, so sweet, With wonder I adore ;
O keep me at thy sacred feet,
325. The Backslider Mourning.
O Israel, return unto the LORD thy GOD; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.—HOSEA xiv. 1. JESUS, let thy pitying eye
Call back a wand'ring sheep;
Would fain, like Peter, weep;
On me be all long-suffering shown:
2 SAVIOUR, Priuce, enthron'd above,
A portion of thy love unknown;
And break my heart of stone.
3 See me, SAVIOUR, from above,
And let thy merey melt me down;
And break my heart of stone. 4 Look, as when thy pitying eye
Was clos'd that we might live;
Thy love exclaim'd) "Forgive."
Thou lookest, and the work is done;
326. The Backslider returning. C.M.
Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and 1 will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful saith the LORD.-JEREMIAH ii. 12.
THE Lord is kind in all his ways,
2 With thorns he fences up our path,
To guard us from the death, that lurks
3 Return, ye wandering souls, return;
4 Behold, O GOD! we come to thee,
Yet, once again, we refuge seek
327. The Backslider returning. 112th.
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.-Hos. xiv. 4.
WEARY of wand'ring from my GOD,
For thee not without hope I mourn; I have an advocate above,
A friend before the throne of love.
2 O JESUS! full of truth and grace,
More full of grace than I of sin; Yet once again I seek thy face,
Open the ark and take me in: And freely my backslidings heal, And love the faithless sinner still.
3 Thou know'st the way to bring me My fallen spirit to restore [back, O for thy truth and mercy's sake, Forgive, and bid me sin no more