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S. M.

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Repentance in View of Christ's Compassion. DID Christ o'er sinners weep,

And shall our cheeks be dry? Let floods of penitential grief

Burst forth from every eye. 2 The Son of God in tears!

The wondering angels see!
Be thou astonished, O my soul!

He shed those tears-for thee.
3 He wept-that we might weep-
Each sin demands a tear;-
In heaven alone no sin is found,
And there's no weeping there.

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DEAR Saviour! when my thoughts recall The wonders of thy grace,

Low at thy feet, ashamed, I fall,
And hide this wretched face.

2 Oh! while I breathe to thee, my Lord,
The humble, contrite sigh,
Confirm the kind, forgiving word,
With pity in thine eye!

3 Then shall the mourner at thy feet Rejoice to seek thy face;

And, grateful, own how kind-how sweet Is thy forgiving grace.

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DEPTH of mercy!-can there be
Mercy still reserved for me!
Can my God his wrath forbear?
Me, the chief of sinners spare?

2 I have long withstood his grace;
Long provoked him to his face;
Would not hear his gracious calls;
Grieved him by a thousand falls.
3 Yet how great his mercies are!
Me he still delights to spare;
Cries "How shall I give thee up?"
Lets the lifted thunder drop.
4 Jesus, answer from above-
Is not all thy nature love?
Wilt thou not the wrong forget?—
Lo, I fall before thy feet.
5 Now incline me to repent!
Let me now my fall lament!
Deeply my revolt deplore!
Weep, believe, and sin no more.

L. M.

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Self-righteous Hopes renounced. NO more, my God-I boast no more Of all the duties I have done; I quit the hopes I held before, To trust the merits of thy Son. 2 Now, for the love I bear his name, What was my gain, I count my loss; My former pride I call my shame,

And nail my glory to his cross. 3 Yes-and I must and will esteem

All things but loss for Jesus' sake; Oh! may my soul be found in him,

And of his righteousness partake. 4 The best obedience of my hands

Dares not appear before thy throne,

But faith can answer thy demands,
By pleading what my Lord has done.

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Pardon implored.

PROSTRATE, dear Jesus, at thy feet,
A guilty rebel lies;

And upwards, to thy mercy-seat,
Presumes to lift his eyes.

2 If tears of sorrow would suffice To pay the debt I owe,

Tears should from both my weeping eyes In ceaseless torrents flow.

3 But no such sacrifice I plead

To expiate my guilt;

No tears, but those which thou hast shedNo blood, but thou hast spilt.

4 I plead thy sorrows, dearest Lord;
Do thou my sins forgive:
Thy justice will approve the word
That bids the sinner live.

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FATHER of mercies-God of love!
Oh! hear a humble suppliant's cry;
Bend from thy lofty seat above,

Thy throne of glorious majesty:
Oh! deign to hear my mournful voice,
And bid my drooping heart rejoice.
2 I urge no merits of my own,

No worth, to claim thy gracious smile: No-when I bow before thy throne

Dare to converse with God awhileThy name, blest Jesus, is my pleaDearest and sweetest name to me!

3 Father of mercies-God of love! Then hear thy humble suppliant's cry; Bend from thy lofty seat above,

Thy throne of glorious majesty: One pardoning word can make me whole, And soothe the anguish of my soul. 217

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THOU Lord of all above,
And all below the sky,
Prostrate before thy feet I fall,
And for thy mercy cry.
2 Forgive my follies past,

The crimes which I have done;
Oh bid a contrite sinner live,
Through thine incarnate Son.
3 Guilt, like a heavy load,
Upon my conscience lies;
To thee I make my sorrows known,
And lift my weeping eyes.

4 The burden which I feel,
Thou only canst remove;
Do thou display thy pardoning grace,
And thine unbounded love.

5 One gracious look of thine

Will ease my troubled breast:
Oh! let me know my sins forgiven,
And I shall then be blest.

L. M.

Rest sought from the Burden of Sin.
AWAKED from sin's delusive sleep,
My heavy guilt I feel, and weep:
Beneath a weight of woes oppressed,
I come to thee, my Lord, for rest.

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Now, from thy throne of bliss above, Shed down a look of heavenly love; That balm shall sweeten all my pain, And bid my soul rejoice again.

3 By thy divine, transforming power,
My ruined nature now restore;
And let my life and temper shine,
In blest resemblance, Lord, to thine.

C. M.

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Rest sought from the Burden of Sin. LORD, I approach the mercy-seat, Where thou dost answer prayer; There humbly fall before thy feet, For none can perish there.

2 Thy promise is my only plea;
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.

3 Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,

By war without, and fear within,
I come to thee for rest.

4 Be thou my shield and hiding-place; That, sheltered near thy side, may my fierce accuser face, And tell him-thou hast died.

5 Oh, wondrous love!-to bleed and die, To bear the cross and shame, That guilty sinners, such as I,

Might plead thy gracious name.

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