« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »
The Holy Scriptures.
1 LADEN with guilt, and full of fears,
I fly to thee, my Lord!
And not a glimpse of hope appears,
But in thy written word.
2 The volume of my Father's grace
Does all my grief assuage;
Here I behold my Saviour's face,
Almost in every page.
3 Here, consecrated water flows,
To quench my thirst of sin;
Here, the fair tree of knowledge grows ;—
No danger dwells therein.
4 This is the judge that ends the strife,
Where wit and reason fail;-
My guide to everlasting life,
Through all this gloomy vale.
5 Oh! may thy counsels, mighty God!
My roving feet command;
Nor I forsake the happy road
That leads to thy right hand.
3 There, what delightful truths I read!
There, I behold the Saviour bleed:
His name salutes my listening ear,
Revives my heart, and checks my fear.
4 There Jesus bids my sorrows cease,
And gives my lab'ring conscience peace,
Raises my grateful passions high,
And points to mansions in the sky.
6 For love like this, Oh! let my song,
Through endless years, thy praise prolong;
Let distant climes thy name adore,
Till time and nature are no more.
1 HAIL, sacred truth! whose piercing rays
Dispel the shades of night;
Diffusing, o'er the mental world,
The healing beams of light.
2 Jesus! thy word, with friendly aid,
Restores our wandering feet;
Converts the sorrows of the mind
To joys divinely sweet.
3 Oh! send thy light and truth abroad,
In all their radiant blaze;
And bid th' admiring world adore
The glories of thy grace.
The Blessings of the new Covenant.
1 GOD, in the Gospel of his Son,
Makes his eternal counsels known;
Where love in all its glory shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
2 Here, sinners of an humble frame
May taste his grace, and learn his name;
May read in characters of blood,
The wisdom, power and grace of God.
3 Here, faith reveals, to mortal eyes,
A brighter world beyond the skies;
Here, shines the light which guides our way
From earth to realms of endless day.
4 Oh! grant us grace, almighty Lord!
To read and mark thy holy word,
Its truths with meekness to receive,
And by its holy precepts live.
5 May this blest volume ever lie
Close to my heart, and near mine eye,
Till life's last hour, my soul engage,
And be my chosen heritage.
How firm our hope and comfort stands!
4 Should all the forms that men devise
Assault my faith, with treacherous art,
I'd call them vanity and lies,
And bind the gospel to my heart.
The Power of Truth.
1 THIS is the word of truth and love,
Sent to the nations from above;
Jehovah here resolves to show
What his almighty grace can do.
2 This remedy did wisdom find,
To heal diseases of the mind;-
This sovereign balm, whose virtues can
Restore the ruined creature, man.
3 The gospel bids the dead revive,-
Sinners obey the voice, and live;
Dry bones are raised, and clothed afresh,
And hearts of stone are turned to flesh.
4 May but this grace my soul renew,
Let sinner's gaze, and hate me too;
The word that saves me doth engage
A sure defence from all their rage.
1 THERE is a God!-all nature speaks,
Through earth, and air, and sea, and skies;
See!-from the clouds his glory breaks,
When earliest beams of morning rise!
2 The rising sun, serenely bright,
Throughout the world's extended frame,
Inscribes, in characters of light,
His mighty Maker's glorious name.
3 Ye curious minds, who roam abroad,
And trace creation's wonders o'er!
Confess the footsteps of your God;
Bow down before him and adore.
Creation and Providence.
1 LORD! when my raptured thought surveys
Creation's beauties o'er,
All nature joins to teach thy praise,
And bid my soul adore.
2 Where'er I turn my gazing eyes,
Thy radiant footsteps shine;
Ten thousand pleasing wonders rise,
And speak their source divine.
3 On me thy providence hath shone
With gentle, smiling rays;
Oh! let my lips and life make known
Thy goodness and thy praise.
4 All-bounteous Lord! thy grace impart;
Oh! teach me to improve
Thy gifts, with ever-grateful heart,
And crown them with thy love.
1 ETERNAL Wisdom! thee we praise,
Thee, the creation sings;
With thy loved name, rocks, hills, and seas
And heaven's high palace rings.
2 How wide thy hand hath spread the sky!
How glorious to behold!"
Tinged with a blue of heavenly dye,
And starred with sparkling gold.
3 Thy glories blaze all nature round,
And strike the gazing sight,
Through skies, and seas, and solid ground,
With terror and delight.
4 Infinite strength, and equal skill,
Shine through the worlds abroad;