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L. M. 139
Influences of the Spirit implored. THE Spirit, like a peaceful dove,
Flies from the realms of noise and strife: Why should we vex and grieve his love,
Who seals our souls to heavenly life! 2 Tender and kind be all our thoughts;
Through all our lives let mercy run;
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The Spirit entreated not to depart.
Though I have done thee such despite ;
Nor take thine everlasting flight.
Of all who e'er thy grace received;
Ten thousand times thy goodness grieved; 3 Yet, oh! the chief of sinners spare,
In honor of my great High Priest;
I shall not see thy people's rest. 4 My weary soul, O God, release,
Uphold me with thy gracious hand;
L. M. 141
Prayer for the Return of the Spirit.
Thy just displeasure ever mourn;
Thy Spirit, grieved, and long withdrawn,
Will he no more to us return ? 2 Great Source of light and peace, return,
Nor let us mourn and sigh in vain ; Come, repossess these longing hearts
With all the graces of thy train. 3 This temple, hallowed by thine hand,
Once more be with thy presence blest : Here be thy grace anew displayed,
Be this thine everlasting rest. 142
LORD, in the temples of thy grace,
With power and majesty divine. 2 Return, O Lord-our spirits cry
Our graces droop-our comforts die ;
Again to our admiring eyes;-
Thy courts below, like those above,
WARNINGS AND INVITATIONS OF
L. M. 143
The Wretchedness of the Wicked. THEY must be as the troubled sea, They cannot rest who know not Thee,
Whose wayward hearts, disturbed within,
Cast up the mire of guilt and sin.
While hastening to their place below;
C. M. 144
The Sinner's Hope perishing.
And flags, beside the stream;
Beneath the scorching beam. 2 So is the sinner's hope cut off;
Or if it transient rise,
From every breath that flies.
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The broad and narrow Ways. BROAD is the road that leads to death,
And thousands walk together there; But wisdom shows a narrow path,
With here and there a traveller. 2 “ Deny thyself, and take thy cross,"
Is the Redeemer's great command; Nature must count her gold but dross,
If she would gain this heavenly land. 3 The fearful soul, that tires and faints,
And walks the ways of God no more, Is but esteemed almost a saint,'
And makes his own destruction sure. 4 Lord, let not all my hopes be vain ;
Create my heart entirely new;
Which hypocrites could ne'er attain;
Which false apostates never knew. 146
That leads to joys on high:
While crowds mistake and die. 2 Beloved self must be denied,
The mind and will renewed,
And vain desires subdued.
Fulfil a task so hard ? Thy grace must all the work perform, And give the free reward.
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The Way of Sin not the Way to Heaven.
Who love this world so well?
While on the road to hell ? 2 Can sin's deceitful way
Conduct to Zion's hill ?
Who disregard his will ? 8 Shall they hosannas sing,
With an unhallowed tongue ? Shall palms adorn the guilty hand
Which does its neighbor wrong? 4 Thy grace, O God, alone,
Good hopes can e'er afford !
The pardoned and renewed shall see
The glory of the Lord.
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Danger of rejecting Christ.
From Christ, the true, the living way. 2 How else his presence wilt thou bear,
When he in judgment shall appear?
And all the earth like Sinai burn?
Bids Sinai's awful thunder cease-
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One Thing needful.
The one thing needful is forgot? 2 Shall God invite you from above ?
Shall Jesus urge his dying love?
And all these pleas unite in vain ? 3 Not so your eyes will always view
Those objects which you now pursue :
When death's decisive hour is near. 4 Almighty God! thy grace impart;
Fix deep conviction on each heart: