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Partner of my throne shalt be;
Say, poor sinner, "lov'st thou me?”
6 Lord, it is my chief complaint,
That my love is weak and faint;
Yet I love thee and adore,

Oh for grace to love thee more!

· 276. Desiring to know whether he really loves Christ. 7s.

'TIS a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought?
Do I love the Lord or no?
Am I his, or am I not?

2 If I love, why am I thus?

Why this dull, this lifeless frame?
Hardly, sure, can they be worse,
Who have never heard his name!

3 Could my heart so hard remain,
Pray'r a task and burden prove,
Ev'ry trifle give me pain,

If I knew a SAVIOUR's love?

4 [When I turn my eyes within,
All is dark, and vain, and wild:
Fill'd with unbelief and sin,
Can I deem myself a child?

5 If I pray, or hear, or read,
Sin is mix'd with all I do;
You that love the Lord indeed,
Tell me, is it thus with you?]

6 Yet-I mourn my stubborn will;
Find my sin a grief and thrall:
Should I mourn for what I feel,
If I did not love at all?

7 Could I joy his saints to meet;
Choose the ways I once abhorr'd:
Find, at times, the promise sweet,
If I did not love the Lord?

8 Lord, decide the doubtful case!
Thou, who art thy people's sun,
Shine upon thy work of grace,
If it be indeed begun!

9. Let me love thee more and more,
If I love at all, I pray :

If I have not lov'd before,
Help me to begin to-day.

277. A New Creature. C.M.

Therefore if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new.--2 COR. v. 17.

LET worldly minds the world pursue,
It has no charms for me!
Once I admir'd its trifles too,

But grace has set me free.

2 Its pleasures now no longer please, No more content afford:

Far from my heart be joys like these,
Now I have seen the Lord.

3 As by the light of op'ning day
The stars are all conceal'd;
So earthly pleasures fade away,
When JESUS is reveal'd.

4 Creatures no more divide my choice; I bid them all depart;

His name, and love, and gracious voice
Have fix'd my roving heart.

5 Now, Lord, I would be thine alone,
And wholly live to thee:

But, may I hope that thou wilt own
A worthless worm like me?

6 Yes, though of sinners I'm the worst, I cannot doubt thy will:

For if thou hadst not lov'd me first,
I had refus'd thee still.

278. Obedient through Love. C. M.

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wnerein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.ROM. vii. 6.

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NO strength of nature can suffice,
To serve the Lord aright;
And what she has, she misapplies,
For want of clearer light,

2 How long beneath the law I lay
In bondage and distress!
I toil'd, the precept to obey;
But to'd without success.

3 Then, to abstain from outward sin
Was more than I could do;
Now, if I feel its power within,
I feel I hate it too.

4 Then, all my servile works were done A righteousness to raise ; Now, freely chosen in the SON,

I freely choose his ways.

5" What shall I do?" was then the word,
"That I may worthier grow?
"What shall I render to the Lord ?"
Is my inquiry now.

6 To see the law by CHRIST fulfill'd,
And hear his pard'ning voice,
Changes a slave into a child,
And duty into choice.

279. A Pilgrim. S.M.

Esteeming the reproach of CHRIST greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.-HEB. Xi. 26.

FROM Egypt lately freed
By the REDEEMER's grace,

A rough and thorny path we tread,
In hopes to see his face.

2 The flesh dislikes the way,
But faith approves it well;
This only leads to endless day,
All others lead to hell.




The promis'd land of peace
Faith keeps in constant view;
How diff'rent from the wilderness
We now are passing through!

Here often from our eyes

Clouds hide the light divine;

There we shall have unclouded skies,
Our sun will always shine.

Here griefs, and cares, and pains,
And fears distress us sore;
But there eternal pleasure reigns,
And we shall weep no more.

6 Lord, pardon our complaints,
We follow at thy call;

The joy prepar❜d for suff'ring saints,
Will make amends for all.

280. A Pilgrim. 7s.

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore GOD is not ashamed to be called their GOD; for he hath prepared for them a city.-HEB. xi. 16.

CHILDREN of the heav'nly King,
ye journey sweetly sing;


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