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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;
So God forgives our numerous faults,
Through grace abounding in the Son.

L. M. 140

The Spirit entreated not to depart.
STAY, thou insulted Spirit-stay!

Though I have done thee such despite ;
Cast not a 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 My weary soul, O God, release,

Uphold me with thy gracious hand;
Guide me into thy perfect peace,
And bring me to the promised land.

L. M. 141

Prayer for the Return of the Spirit.
O LORD, and shall our fainting souls,

Thy just displeasure ever mourn;

L. M.

Thy Spirit, grieved, and long withdrawn,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,
Thy saints behold thy smiling face;
Here have we seen thy glory shrine

With power and majesty divine. 2 Return, O Lord-our spirits cry

Our graces droop-our comforts die ;
Return, and let thy glories rise

Again to our admiring eyes;-
3 Till, filled with light, and joy, and love,

Thy courts below, like those above,
Triumphant hallelujahs raise,
While heaven'and earth resound thy praise.



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.
2 No peace the wicked e'er can know,

While hastening to their place below;
But trouble must with sin remain,
Sad earnest of eternal pain.

C. M. 144

The Sinner's Hope perishing.
THE rush may rise where waters flow,

And flags, beside the stream;
But soon their verdure fades and dies,

Beneath the scorching beam. 2 So is the sinner's hope cut off;

Or if it transient rise,
"Tis like the spider's airy web,

From every breath that flies.

L. M. 145

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

C. M.
STRAIT is the way—the door is strait,

That leads to joys on high:
'Tis but a few that find the gate,

While crowds mistake and die. 2 Beloved self must be denied,

The mind and will renewed,
Passion suppressed—and patience tried,

And vain desires subdued.
3 Lord, can a feeble, helpless worm

Fulfil a task so hard ? Thy grace must all the work perform, And give the free reward.

S. M. 147

The Way of Sin not the Way to Heaven.
CAN sinners hope for heaven,

Who love this world so well?
Or dream of future happiness,

While on the road to hell ? 2 Can sin's deceitful way

Conduct to Zion's hill ?
Or those expect with God to reign

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.

L. M. 148

Danger of rejecting Christ.
HARK! from the cross a voice of peace
Bids Sinai's awful thunder cease!
Sinner! that voice of love obey,

From Christ, the true, the living way. 2 How else his presence wilt thou bear,

When he in judgment shall appear?
When slighted love to wrath shall turn,

And all the earth like Sinai burn?
3 Now from the cross a voice of peace

Bids Sinai's awful thunder cease-
O sinner, while 'tis called to-day,
That voice of saving love obey.

L. M. 149

One Thing needful.
WHY will ye waste on trifling cares
That life which God's compassion spares ?
While, in the various range of thought,

The one thing needful is forgot? 2 Shall God invite you from above ?

Shall Jesus urge his dying love?
Shall troubled conscience give you pain?

And all these pleas unite in vain ? 3 Not so your eyes will always view

Those objects which you now pursue :
Not so will heaven and hell appear,

When death's decisive hour is near. 4 Almighty God! thy grace impart;

Fix deep conviction on each heart:

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