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219.–The Church a Witness

to the Word.

1 TIMOTHY iii. 15.

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218.–The Abiding Word.

PSALM cxix. 30. YMNS on the Scriptures are compara

tively few. The topic is in fact exhausted in the glorious utterances of

the Psalms; and our modern poets, in celebrating the glories of the written Word, have been most successful when remaining close to the Bible model. The best treatment of the subject will, accordingly, be found in the earlier part of this volume, in the versions of Psalms xix, and cxix. A few Hymns however may be added here, as taking an independent line of thought. There is a fine, quaint simplicity about the following, which has caused its adoption in most modern Church Hymnals.

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LORD, Thy Word abideth,

And our footsteps guideth ;
Who its truth believeth
Light and joy receiveth.

O wisdom from on high, O truth unchanged, unchanging,

O light of our dark sky. We praise Thee for the radiance

That from the hallowed page, A lantern to our footsteps,

Shines on from age to age.

The Church from her dear Master

Received the gift divine, And still that light she lifteth

O'er all the earth to shine. It is the golden casket

Where gems of truth are stored ; It is the heaven-drawn picture

Of Thee, the living Word.

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The volume of my Father's grace

Does all my grief assuage ; Here I behold my Saviour's face

Almost in every page.

No need of prophets to inquire ; The sun is risen ; the stars retire. The Comforter is come, and sheds

His holy unction on our heads.

Lord, with this grace our hearts inspire ;
Answer our sacrifice by fire ;
And by Thy mighty acts declare,
Thou art the God who heareth prayer.

FOSIAH CONDER.

perience, or soar to mystic raptures. Only a few of these fine compositions have been employed for the purpose of Hymnody. The following favourite Wesleyan Hymn contains four of them (300–303). A preceding stanza is worth quoting (298) on Deuteronomy vi. 6. " The table of my heart prepare

(Such power belongs to Thee alone),
And write, O God, Thy precepts there,

To show Thou still canst write in stone,
So shall my pure obedience prove
All things are possible to Love."

222.–Our Own Treasure.

PROVERBS ii. 1. RITTEN as a children's Hymn, these

simple stanzas may be appropriated by all who delight in the written Word.

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THEN quiet in my house I sit,

Thy book be my companion still, My joy Thy sayings to repeat,

Talk o'er the records of Thy will,
And search the oracles divine,
Till every heartfelt word be mine.

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Mine, to chide me when I rove ; Mine, to show a Saviour's love ; Mine art thou, to guide my feet; Mine, to judge, condemn, acquit;

O may the gracious words divine

Subject of all my converse be! So will the Lord His follower join,

And walk and talk Himself with me; So shall my heart His presence prove, And burn with everlasting love.

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Mine, to comfort in distress,
If the Holy Spirit bless;
Mine, to show, by living faith,
Man can triumph over death ;

Mine, to tell of joys to come,
And the rebel sinner's doom :
Holy Bible, book divine,
Precious treasure, thou art mine!

3. BURTON.

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223.-God's Word the Companion of our Life.

DEUTERONOMY vi. 7. HE “Short Hymns" by Charles Wesley on "Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures," numbered from i

to 3491, extend from Genesis to Revelation, and occupy nearly five volumes of the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley, edited by Dr. Osborn. They are among the most characteristic writings of the author. The verses often express with wonderful terseness and force the leading thought of a text, and form the best of commentaries. Sometimes they are homely and practical in their application ; then again they express the profoundest Christian ex

224. Increasing Light.

PSALM cxix. 18. HE key-note of these fine verses is struck in the noble words of John Robinson, pastor of the "Pilgrim

Fathers," who crossed the Atlantic in 1620 for the sake of religious freedom. In his farewell address at Leyden, Mr. Robinson said :

The valley's passed ; ascending still,

Our souls would higher climb,
And look down from supernal heights

On all the bygone time.
Upward we press—the air is clear,

And the sphere-music heard :
The Lord hath yet more light and truth

To break forth from His Word.

"If God reveal anything to you by any other instrument of His, be as ready to receive it as ever you were to receive any truth by my ministry; for I am verily persuaded the Lord has more truth yet to break forth out of His Holy Word. For my part, I cannot sufficiently bewail the condition of the reformed churches, who are come to a period in religion, and will go at present no farther than the instruments of their reformation. The Lutherans cannot be drawn to go beyond what Luther saw; whatever part of His will our God has revealed to Calvin, they will rather die than embrace it ; and the Calvinists, you see, stick fast where they were left by that great man of God, who yet saw not all things. This is a misery much to be lamented, for though they were burning and shining lights in their lives, yet they penetrated not into the whole counsel of God; but were they now living, would be as willing to embrace further light as that which they first received. I beseech you remember, it is an article of your church covenant that you be READY TO RECEIVE WHATEVER TRUTH SHALL BE MADE KNOWN TO YOU FROM THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD."

O Father, Son, and Spirit, send

Us increase from above ;
Enlarge, expand all Christian souls

To comprehend Thy love :
And make us to go on to know,

With nobler powers conferred,The Lord hath yet more light and truth

To break forth from His Word.

G. RAWSON,

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To our poor reach of mind; By notions of our day and sect,

Crude, partial, and confined ; No, let a new and better hope

Within our hearts be stirred ; The Lord hath yet more light and truth

To break forth from His Word.

225.--The Call of God.

ISAIAH lv. well-known Paraphrase" among those appended to the Scottish Psalter. An abridgment has found its way into

many hymn-books ; and the Hymn has been divided, as in the Free Church Hymn-book, into two, the second beginning with verse 7: "Seek ye the Lord, while yet His ear

Is open to your call." As it stands, it is perhaps the finest of the Paraphrases, bringing out, with great felicity, the evangelical application of the prophet's words. Dr. Watts has a Hymn on the same theme, but diffuse, and altogether inferior to this. It begins:

"Let every mortal ear attend,

And every heart rejoice."
C. Wesley's also is of a similar character :

“Ho ! every one that thirsts draw nigh." No. 4 in the Wesleyan Hynn-book.

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O! ye that thirst, approach the spring

Where living waters flow;
Free to that sacred fountain all

Without a price may go.

Who dares to bind to his dull sense

The oracles of heaven,
For all the nations, tongues, and climes,

And all the ages given ?
That universe, how much unknown !

That ocean, unexplored !
The Lord hath yet more light and truth

To break forth from His Word.

Hye

Darkling our great forefathers went

The first steps of the way ; 'Twas but the dawning, yet to grow

Into the perfect day. And grow it shall ;-our glorious Sun More fervid rays

afford : The Lord hath yet more light and truth

To break forth from His Word.

How long to streams of false delight

Will ye in crowds repair ? How long your strength and substance

waste On trifles light as air?

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