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2 But where the gospel comes,
It spreads diviner light;
And gives the blind their sight.
And all thy judgments just !
And men securely trust.
Are thy directions given !
But find the path to heaven.
47. C. M. Watts..
The Word of God our Portion. : 1 LORD, I have made thy word my choice,
My lasting heritage ;
And keep thy laws in sight,
With ever-fresh delight.
3 'Tis a broad land, of wealth unknown,
Where springs of life arise,
And hidden glory lies.
It makes our sorrows blest;
• 48. C. M. Mrs. STEELE. '
Excellence of the Scriptures.' 1 Father of mercies, in thy word
What endless glory shines ! . Forever be thy name adored
For these celestial lines. 2 Here may the wretched sons of want
Exhaustless riches find —
And lasting as the mind.
Spreads heavenly peace around;
Attend the blissful sound.
My ever-dear delight;
And still increasing light.
Be thou forever near;
And view my Savior there.
49. L. M. MERRICK.
Desire of Instruction. 1 Teach me, O teach me, Lord, thy way;
So to my life's remotest day,
My heart shall meditate thy law,
3 Give me to know thy words aright,
Thy words, my soul's supreme delight; That, purged from thirst of gold, my mind
In them its better wealth may find. 4 O, turn from vanity mine eye;
To me thy quickening strength supply ;
50. H. M. DODDRIDGE.
Eficacy and Success of the Gospel.
But waters earth
Her secret store.
The hills and valleys shine,
The harvest bows
Of future years.
“My gospel shall descend,
Millions of souls
CHRIST AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
51. 11s M. DRUMMOND.
Prepare ye the Way of the Lord. 1 A voice from the desert comes awful and shrill;
The Lord is advancing ! prepare ye the way!
And o'er the dark world pour the splendor of day. 2 Bring down the proud mountain, though towering
to heaven, And be the low valley exalted on high; The rough path and crooked be made smooth
and even, For, Zion! your King, your Redeemer, is nigh. 3 The beams of salvation his progress illume;
The lone, dreary wilderness sings of her Lord; The rose and the myrtle there suddenly bloom, And the olive of peace spreads its branches abroad.
52. 7s M. Bowring.
· For Advent or Christmas.
2 Watchman ! does its beauteous ray
Aught of hope or joy foretell?
Promised day of Israel.
Traveller! blessedness and light,
Peace and truth, its course portends. 4 Watchman! will its beams alone Gild the spot that gave them birth? Traveller ! ages are its own;
See, it bursts o'er all the earth. 5 Watchman! tell us of the night,
For the morning seems to dawn.
Doubt and terror are withdrawn. 6 Watchman! let thy wanderings cease;
Hie thee to thy quiet home.
53. C. M. E. H. Sears.
The Nativity. 1 Calm on the listening ear of night
Come heaven's melodious strains, Where wild Judea stretches far
Her silver-mantled plains !
Shed sacred glories there,
Make music on the air.