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553. Saints in glory. C.M.
I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number,

of all nations, and kindred, and people, and tongues, stood
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white
robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice,
saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and
unto the Lamb.-Rev. vii. 9, 10.
GIVE me the wings of faith to rise

Within the veil, and see
The saints above, how great their joys,

How bright their glories be.
2 Once they were mourning bere below,

And wet their couch with tears;
They wrestled liard, as we do now,

With sins, and doubts, and fears.
3 1 ask them whence their vict'ry came ;

They, with united breath,
Ascribe their conquests to the Lamb,

Their triumph to his death.
4 They mark'd the footsteps that he trod,

(His zeal inspired their breast.) And, following their incarnate God, Possess the

promis'd rest. 5 Our glorious Leader claims our praise,

For his own pattern given; While the long cloud of witnesses

Show the same path to heaven.

554. The Believer's triumph over Death.

C.M. I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand

at the latter day upon the earth : and though after my
skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall
see God.-Job xix. 25, 26.
GREAT God, I own thy sentence just,

And nature must decay:
1 yield my body to the dust,

To dwell with fellow clay. 2 Yet faith may triumph o'er the grave,

And trample on the tombs ;
My Jesus, my Redeemer Jives,

My God, my Saviour comes.
3 The mighty Conq’ror shall appear

High on a royal seat;
And death, the last of all his foes,

Lie vanquish'd at his feet. 4 Though greedy worins devour my skin,

And gnaw my wasting flesh;
Yet God will build my bones again,

And clothe thein all afresh.
5 Then shall I see him face to face

Exalted on his throne;
Shall prove the fulness of his grace,

And know, as I am known.

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555. The Believer's union with a risen

and ascended Saviour. C.M, Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my

Father, and your Father; and to my God and your
God. -JOHN XX. 17.
IN raptures let our hearts ascend

Our heav'nly seats to view;
And grateful trace that shining path

Our rising Saviour drew. 2 " Up to my Father, and

my

God,
"I
go;'

;" the conq'ror cries ;
"Up to your Father, and

your

God, My brethren, lift your eyes.

" 3 And doth the Lord of glory call

Such worms his brethren dear?
And doth he point to heaven's high

throne,

And show our Father there?
4 And doth he teach my sinful lips

That tuneful sound, My God?
And breathe his Spirit on my heart

To shed his grace abroad?
50 world, produce a good like this,

And thou shalt have my love;
Till then, my Father claims it all,

· And Christ who dwells above.
6 Dear Saviour, call this willing soul,

That struggles with its clay;
And fain would leave this weary load

To wing its heav'nly way.

556. The superiority of Christ's Priest

hvod over the Levitical. C.M.

They were many Priests because they were not suffered to continue
by reason of death ; but Jesus because he continueth ever hath
an unchangeable Priesthood-who needeth not daily as those
High Priests to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then
for the people's; for this he did once when he offered up him-
self...... Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him, seeing that he ever liveth to make
intercession for them.--HEB, vii. 23, 27.
JESUS, in thee our eyes behold

A thousand glories more
Than the rich gems and polish'd gold

The sons of Aaron wore. 2 Their priesthood ran through several

hands,
For mortal was their race;
Thy never changing office stands

Eternal as thy days. 3 They first their own burnt off” rings

brought
To purge themselves from sin:
Thy life was pure, without a spot,

And all thy nature clean.
4 Fresh blood on each returning day

Was on their altar spilt;
But thy one offering takes away

For ever all our guilt.
5 Jesus, the King of Glory, reigns

On Sion's beav'nly hill;
Looks like a lamb that has been slain,
And wears his priesthood still.

6 He ever lives to intercede

Before his Father's face : Give him, my soul, thy cause to plead,

Nor doubt the Father's grace.

557. Spiritual declension lamented, and

a restoration of spiritual comfort im

plored. C.M. He went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have

seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also,
and restore comfort unto him and to his mourners.-
Isal. lvii. 17, 18.
LORD, when my rising thoughts recall

The wonders of thy grace,
Low at thy feet asham': I fall,

And hide this wretched face. 2 Shall love like thine be thus repaid?

Ah, vile ungrateful heart!
By earth's low cares detain'd, betray’d,

From Jesus to depart:
3 From Jesus, who alone can give

True pleasure, peace, and rest:
While absent from the Lord, I live

Unsatisfied, unblest.
4 But He, for his own mercy's sake,

My wand'ring soul restores;
He bids my mourning heart partake

The pardon it implores.
5 O while I breathe to thee, my Lord,

The penitential sigh,

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