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4 Fly, ye seasons, fly still faster;
262. Desiring to Live unto Christ. S. M.
For the love of CHRIST constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again.-2 COR. v. 14, 15.
WHEN shall thy love constrain
Ah! what avails my strife,
Thy condescending grace
4 My worthless heart to gain,
The God who gave me breath,
And died a cursed death!
5 Then may I sin forsake,
263. Desiring Tenderness of Conscience. C. M.
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward GOD, and toward men. -ACTS xxiv. 16.
ALMIGHTY GOD of truth and love,
2 I want a principle within
3 I want the first approach to feel
4 From thee that I no more may part, No more thy goodness grieve, The filial awe, the holy heart,
The tender conscience give.
5 O may the least omission pain
264. Desiring a Closer Union with Christ. S.M.
That CHRIST may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of CHRIST, which passeth knowledge.-EPH. iii. 17 to 19.
MY SAVIOUR, thou didst shed
Oh dwell within my worthless heart,
Thou callest me, though vile,
JESU, my gracious Lord,
To know thee more and more by faith,
And when this life is o'er,
265 Desiring a Closer Walk with God. C.M.
Where is then the blessedness ye spake of?-GAL. iv. 15.
O FOR a closer walk with GOD,
2 Where is the blessedness I knew,
3 What peaceful hours I then enjoy'd!
4 Return, O holy Dove, return,
I hate the sins that made thee mourn,
5 The dearest idol I have known,
6 So shall my walk be close with God,
266. Dreading Love to the Creature. C.M.
Surely every man walketh in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now, LORD, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.-PSALM XXXIX. 6, 7.
HOW vain are all things here below!
2 The brightest things below the sky
3 Our dearest joys, and nearest friends,
4 The fondness of a creature's love,
5 O LORD, command my heart away