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3 With gladsome hearts they spread the news
Of pardon through a Saviour's blood ;
Marked out the path to His abode.
Against the sacred Word combine ;
Securely guards the book divine.
Thee, its Preserver, we adore ;
Its hidden wonders to explore. 51
To bear, and keep, and use it, free;
To win this Book of life for me.
The threats of impious power they spurned; And bold that holy faith to own,
They gave their bodies to be burned. 3 With Jesus they are resting now;
We love to speak their honoured names :
flames. 52 Nature and Scripture (Ps. xix.). 7.6. 1 THE heavens declare His glory,
Their Maker's skill the skies ;
Each day repeats the story,
And night to night replies. •
Throughout the earth is heard ;
The page of nature's word.
Like eastern bridegroom clad,
The sun sets forth: right glad
The mighty giant seems;
His all-pervading beams.
Is truth's diviner ray ;
Than all the pomp of day ;
It makes the simple wise ;
Unfailing joy supplies.
Than lurks within the mine;
Yields, than this food divine.
Led by Thy counsels, Lord,
How great is their reward !
53 God's Word Glorious.
L.M. 1 THE heavens declare Thy glory, Lord ;
In every star Thy wisdom shines ;
We read Thy Name in fairer lines !
And nights and days Thy power confess ; But the blest Volume Thou hast writ
Reveals Thy justice and Thy grace. 3 Thy noblest wonders here we view,
In souls renewed and sins forgiv'n;
And make Thy Word our guide to heav'n ! 54 God's Word Perfect.
L.M. 1 This is a precious Book indeed ;
Happy the child who loves to read ! 'Tis God's own Word, which He has given
To show the soul the way to heaven. 2 It tells us how the world was made,
And how good men the Lord obeyed ;
To teach us what we ought to do. 3 But what is more than all beside,
The Bible tells us Jesus died ;
To lead poor sinners to repent. 55 Value of the Bible.
8.7. 1 PRECIOUS Bible ! sacred treasure !
Ev'ry saint thy worth doth know;
Here they read, with heartfelt pleasure,
Their escape from endless woe.
Through the Saviour's precious blood ;
Which so sweetly fits for God. 3 Here they see the road to glory,
Through their Christ, the living way; Here they learn that blissful story,
Which shall bless to endless day.
Fastened home, with power divine;
To His glory hence to shine!
Our ever dear delight;
And still increasing light.
Be Thou for ever near ;
And view the Saviour there,
And brings the truth to sight;
A sanctifying light.
2 A glory gilds the sacred page,
Majestic, like the sun ;
It gives, but borrows none.
The gracious light and heat;
They rise, but never set.
For such a bright display
With beams of heavenly day.
The varied things that meet our eyes
That Thou art great, that Thou art wise. 2 But though the things we see around
Thy wisdom and Thy power declare,
To lift a sinner from despair. 3 Not from Thy works, but from Thy Word,
The soul-reviving news is known,
And mercy can to man be shown.
The world shall pass away, and then