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3 Thou God of hope and peace divine,

Oh make these sacred pleasures mine ;
Forgive my sins, my fears remove,

And send the tokens of thy love.
4 Then should my eyes, without a tear,

See death, with all its terrors, near;
My heart should then in death rejoice,
And raptures tune my faltering voice.

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;
Plant holy fear in every heart,

That we from God may ne’er depart. 3 Lead us to holiness, the road

That we must take to dwell with God :
Lead us to Christ, the living way,

Nor let us from his precepts stray. 4 Lead us to God, our final rest,

In his enjoyment to be bless'd;
Lead us to heaven, the seat of bliss,

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.


H. M.

186 The Promise of the Spirit. 1 O THOU who hearest prayer,

And let thy servants share

Thy blessing from on high :
We plead the promise of thy word;

Grant us thy Holy Spirit, Lord. 2 If earthly parents hear

Their children when they cry ;
If they, with love sincere,

Their varied wants supply,
Much more wilt thou thy love display,

And answer when thy children pray. 3 Our heavenly Father thou,

We children of thy grace-
Oh let thy Spirit now

Descend, and fill the place :
That all may feel the heavenly flame,

And all unite to praise thy name. 4 And send thy Spirit down

On all the nations, Lord,
With great success to crown

The preaching of thy word,
Till heathen lands shall own thy sway,

And cast their idol gods away.
5 Then shall thy kingdom come

Among our fallen race,
And the whole earth become

The temple of thy grace,
Whence pure devotion shall ascend,

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.
2 Teach us with repentant grief

Humbly to implore relief;
Then the Saviour's blood reveal,
All our deep disease to heal.

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3 Other ground-work should we lay,

Sweep those empty hopes away;
Make us feel that Christ alone

Can for human guilt atone.
4 May we daily grow in grace,

And pursue the heavenly race,
Trained in wisdom, led by love,
Till we reach our rest above.

Bathurst. 188

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.
2 Dost thou not dwell in all the saints,

And seal the heirs of heaven?
When wilt thou banish my complaints,

And show my sins forgiven ?
3 Assure my conscience of her part

In the Redeemer's blood ;
And bear thy witness with my heart

That I am born of God.
4 Thou art the earnest of his love,

The pledge of joys to come;
And thy soft wings, celestial Dove,
Will safe convey me home.

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 ?
4 "Depart-will he at last reply?

Oh, may I now attend ;
Now to the cross for mercy fly,
And make my God my friend.

S. (origa


192 The Gospel Invitation.

C.M. 1 L ET every mortal ear attend,

And every heart rejoice;
The trumpet of the gospel sounds,

With an inviting voice.
2 Ho, all ye hungry, starving souls,

That feed upon the wind,
And vainly strive with earthly toys

To fill an empty mind ;-
3 Eternal wisdom has prepared

A soul-reviving feast,
And bids your longing appetites

The rich provision taste.
4 Ho, ye that pant for living streams,

And pine away and die ;-
Here you may quench your raging thirst,

With springs that never dry. 5 Rivers of love and mercy here

In a rich ocean join ;
Salvation in abundance flows,

Like floods of milk and wine. 6 The happy gates of gospel grace

Stand open, night and day :
Lord, we are come to seek supplies,
And drive our wants away.

Watts. 193 Sinners Invited to Christ. Matt. xi. 28. 8. 7.4. 1 COME, ye weary, heavy laden,

Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you 're better,
You will never come at all :

Not the righteous—
Sinners Jesus came to call.
2 Come, ye needy, come and welcome ;

God's free bounty glorify :
True belief, and true repentance,
Every grace that brings us nigh-

Without money,
Come to Jesus Christ, and buy.

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