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393. Repentance at the Cross. C.M.

They shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him.-ZECH. xii. 10.

OH! if my soul was form'd for woe, How would I vent my sighs! Repentance should like rivers flow From both my streaming eyes.

2 'Twas for my sins my dearest LORD
Hung on the cursed tree,
And groan'd away a dying life
For thee, my soul, for thee.

3 Oh! how I hate those lusts of mine, That crucify'd my God;

Those sins that pierc'd his sacred flesh
And shed his precious blood.

4 Yes, my REDEEMER, they shall die,
My heart has so decreed;
Nor will I spare the guilty things
That made my SAVIOUR bleed,

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394. The Blessedness of the Gospel. S.M.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy GOD reigneth!—ISAI. lii. 7.

HOW beauteous are their feet
Who stand on Zion's hill,
Who bring salvation on their tongues,
And words of peace reveal!

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2 How charming is their voice!
How sweet the tidings are!
"Zion, behold thy SAVIOUR KING,
He reigns and triumphs here."

3 How happy are our ears,

That hear the joyful sound,
Which kings and prophets waited for,
And sought but never found.

4 [How blessed are our eyes,

That see this heav'nly light!
Prophets and kings desir'd it long,
But dy'd without the sight.]

5 The watchmen join their voice,
And tuneful notes employ;
Jerusalem breaks forth in songs,
And deserts learn the joy.

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The LORD makes bare his arm,
Thro' all the earth abroad:
Let ev'ry nation now behold
Their SAVIOUR and their God.

395. The Excellency of the Gospel. S.M.

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The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. PSALM Xix. 7.

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BEHOLD the morning sun
Begins his glorious way;
His beams o'er all the nations run,
And life and light convey.

3 How perfect is thy word!
And all thy judgments just:
For ever sure thy promise, LORD,
And men securely trust.

But where the Gospel comes,
It spreads diviner light;
It calls dead sinners from their tombs,
And gives the blind their sight.

I hear thy word with love,
And I would fain obey;
O send thy Spirit from above,
To guide me, lest I stray.

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5 Warn me of every sin;
Forgive my secret faults
And cleanse this guilty soul of mine,
Whose crimes exceed my thoughts.

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While with my heart and tongue I spread thy praise abroad, Accept the worship and the song, My SAVIOUR and my God!

396. The Glory of Christ displayed in the powerful effects produced by the Gospel. L.M.

My heart is indicting a good matter, &c.-PSALM xlv. 1.
Now be my heart inspir'd to sing
The glories of my SAVIOUR-King,
JESUS the Lord; how heav'nly fair
His form! how bright his beauties are.

2 O'er all the sons of human race
He shines with a superior grace;
Love from his lips divinely flows,
And blessings all his state compose. >

Dress thee in arms, most mighty LORD,
3 Gird on the terror of thy sword,
In majesty and glory ride,
With truth and meekness at thy side.

4 Thine anger like a pointed dart,

Shall pierce the foes of stubborn heart;
Or words of mercy, kind and sweet,
Shall melt the rebels at thy feet.

5 Thy throne, O God, for ever stands, Grace is the sceptre in thy hands;

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Thy laws and works are just and right,
Justice and grace are thy delight.

6 Therefore thy God has richly shed
The oil of gladness on thy head;
And with his sacred Spirit blest
His first-born SON above the rest.

397. The Blessedness of a Saving Knowledge of the Gospel. C.M.

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted, &c. PSALM lxxxix. 15, 16, &c.

BLEST are the souls that hear and

The Gospel's joyful sound; [know Peace shall attend the paths they go,

And light their steps surround.

2 Their joy shall bear their spirits up, Through their REDEEMER'S Hame; His righteousness exalts their hope, Nor Satan dares condemn.

4 The LORD, our glory and defence,
Strength and salvation gives!
Israel, thy King for ever reigns,
Thy GOD for ever lives!

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