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3 Thou God of hope and peace divine,
Oh make these sacred pleasures mine ;
And send the tokens of thy love.
See death, with all its terrors, near;
Heginbotham 184 Divine Guidance implored.
L.M 1 COME, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove,
Be thou our guardian, thou our guide,
O’er every thought and step preside. 2 The light of truth to us display,
And make us know and choose thy way;
That we from God may ne’er depart. 3 Lead us to holiness, the road
That we must take to dwell with God :
Nor let us from his precepts stray. 4 Lead us to God, our final rest,
In his enjoyment to be bless'd;
Where pleasure in perfection is. Browne 185 Prayer for Sanctification.
S. M 1 COME, Holy Spirit, come, And on this poor, benighted soul,
With beams of mercy shine. 2 Oh melt this frozen heart;
This stubborn will subdue; Each evil passion overcome,
And form me all anew. 3
Mine will the profit be,
But thine shall be the praise ; And unto thee will I devote The remnant of my days.
186 The Promise of the Spirit. 1 O THOU who hearest prayer,
And let thy servants share
Thy blessing from on high :
Grant us thy Holy Spirit, Lord. 2 If earthly parents hear
Their children when they cry ;
Their varied wants supply,
And answer when thy children pray. 3 Our heavenly Father thou,
We children of thy grace-
Descend, and fill the place :
And all unite to praise thy name. 4 And send thy Spirit down
On all the nations, Lord,
The preaching of thy word,
And cast their idol gods away.
Among our fallen race,
The temple of thy grace,
And songs of praise, till time shall end. 187 Prayer for spiritual Guidance. 1 HOLY
Spirit, from on high
Bend on us a pitying eye ; Animate the drooping heart,
Bid the power of sin depart.
Humbly to implore relief;
3 Other ground-work should we lay,
Sweep those empty hopes away;
Can for human guilt atone.
And pursue the heavenly race,
Assurance. Rom. viii. 14, 16. C.M. 1 WHY should the children of a King
? Great Comforter, descend, and bring
Some tokens of thy grace.
And seal the heirs of heaven?
And show my sins forgiven ?
In the Redeemer's blood ;
That I am born of God.
The pledge of joys to come;
Watts. 189 The Holy Spirit addressed under Darkness.
ESCEND, Holy Spirit, the Dove,
And visit a sorrowful breast, My burden of guilt to remove,
And bring me assurance and rest. Thou only hast power to relieve
A sinner o'erwhelmed with his load, The sense of redemption to give,
And sprinkle his conscience with blood. 2 If, when I have put thee to grief,
And madly to folly returned, Thy goodness has been my relief,
And lifted me up as I mourned
1 1 DES
O Spirit of pity and grace,
Relieve me again and restore; My spirit in holiness raise,
To fall and to grieve thee no more. Rippon. 190 The Spirit entreated not to depart. L. M. 1 STAX, thou insulted Spirit, stay,
Though I have done thee such despite ; Nor cast the sinner quite away,
Nor take thine everlasting flight. 2 Though I have most unfaithful been
Of all who e'er thy grace received, Ten thousand times thy goodness seen,
Ten thousand times thy goodness grieved ; 3 Yet, oh, the chief of sinners spare,
In honor of my great High Priest; Nor, in thy righteous anger, swear
I shall not see thy people's rest. 4 Now, Lord, my weary soul release,
And raise me by thy gracious hand ; Guide me into thy perfect peace,
And bring me to the promised land. C. Wesley. 191 Fear of Grieving the Spirit. C. M.
ND shall I still the Spirit grieve,
And still reject his call ? Oh, will he not the rebel leave
In sin's dark way to fall ? 2 Shall I the heavenly Friend refuse,
And drive him from my heart ? His warnings and his love abuse,
And bid him hence depart? 3 Will he not justly give me o’er,
Though ready now to save ? Will he not bar the heavenly door,
When I his pity crave ?
Oh, may I now attend ;
192 The Gospel Invitation.
C.M. 1 L ET every mortal ear attend,
And every heart rejoice;
With an inviting voice.
That feed upon the wind,
To fill an empty mind ;-
A soul-reviving feast,
The rich provision taste.
And pine away and die ;-
With springs that never dry. 5 Rivers of love and mercy here
In a rich ocean join ;
Like floods of milk and wine. 6 The happy gates of gospel grace
Stand open, night and day :
Watts. 193 Sinners Invited to Christ. Matt. xi. 28. 8. 7.4. 1 COME, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
Not the righteous—
God's free bounty glorify :