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2 But where the gospel comes,

It spreads diviner light;
It calls dead sinners from their tombs,

And gives the blind their sight.
3 How perfect is thy word !

And all thy judgments just !
Forever sure thy promise, Lord,

And men securely trust.
4 My gracious God, how plain

Are thy directions given !
O, may I never read in vain,

But find the path to heaven.

WATTS.

47. C. M. Watts..

The Word of God our Portion. : 1 LORD, I have made thy word my choice,

My lasting heritage ;
There shall my noblest powers rejoice,
. My warmest thoughts engage.
2 I'll read the histories of thy love,

And keep thy laws in sight,
While through the promises I rove

With ever-fresh delight.

3 'Tis a broad land, of wealth unknown,

Where springs of life arise,
Seeds of immortal bliss are sown,

And hidden glory lies.
4 The best relief that mourners have,

It makes our sorrows blest;
Our fairest hope beyond the grave,
And our eternal rest.

• 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 —
Riches above what earth can grant,

And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice

Spreads heavenly peace around;
And life, and everlasting joys,

Attend the blissful sound.
4 O, may these heavenly pages be

My ever-dear delight;
And still new beauties may I see,

And still increasing light.
5 Divine Instructor, gracious Lord,

Be thou forever near;
Teach me to love thy sacred word,

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,
By thy unerring precepts led,
My willing feet its paths shall tread.
2 Informed by thee, with sacred awe

My heart shall meditate thy law,
And, with celestial wisdom filled,
To thee its full obedience yield.

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 ;
And with thy promised mercy cheer
A heart devoted to thy fear.

50. H. M. DODDRIDGE.

Eficacy and Success of the Gospel.
1 Mark the soft-falling snow,
And the diffusive rain !
To heaven, from whence it fell,
It turns not back again;

But waters earth
Through every pore,
And calls forth all

Her secret store.
2 Arrayed in beauteous green,

The hills and valleys shine,
And man and beast are fed
By providence divine :

The harvest bows
Its golden ears,
The copious seed

Of future years.
3 “So,” saith the God of grace,

“My gospel shall descend,
Almighty to effect
The purpose I intend.

Millions of souls
Shall feel its power,
And bear it down
To millions more.”

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!
The word of Jehovah he comes to fulfil,

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.

BOWRING.

52. 7s M. Bowring.

· For Advent or Christmas.
1 WATCHMAN! tell us of the night,
What its signs of promise are.
Traveller! o'er yon mountain's height,
See that glory-beaming star.

2 Watchman ! does its beauteous ray

Aught of hope or joy foretell?
Traveller ! yes ; it brings the day,

Promised day of Israel.
3 Watchman! tell us of the night;
· Higher yet that star ascends.

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.
Traveller ! darkness takes its fight;

Doubt and terror are withdrawn. 6 Watchman! let thy wanderings cease;

Hie thee to thy quiet home.
Traveller! lo! the Prince of Peace,
Lo! the Son of God, is come.

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 !
2 Celestial choirs, from courts above,

Shed sacred glories there,
And angels, with their sparkling lyres,

Make music on the air.

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