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3 · The myst'ries of redeeming grace
Are hidden from the wise,
To swell and blind their eyes.
His great decrees fulfil,
By His own sovereign will.
That seeks relief for all his woe?
Ease for the torment of the mind ?
Or form our natures fit for heaven?
Make their own powers and passions clean ? 3 In vain we search, in vain we try,
Till Jesus brings His gospel nigh:
As save rebellious souls from hell.
Where nature's golden treasure shines ;
All nature's gold appears but dross.
L.M. 1 'Twas love, beyond conception great,
That formed the vast stupendous plan,
Where all divine perfections meet
To reconcile rebellious man.
And Justice all her rights maintains;
While Mercy o'er the guilty reigns. 3 Yes, Mercy reigns, and Justice too ;
In Christ they both harmonious meet;
And now He fills the mercy-seat. 4 Such are the wonders of the Lord,
And the amazing depths of grace ;
The chosen sons of Adam's race ! 109 Good News of Grace.
L.M. i Not from the azure vault we see,
With glowing stars profusely sown,
The character of God is known.
They show His wisdom and His might :
Of mercy to refresh their sight. 3 The sun that climbs the height of heaven,
And like a strong man runs his race,
No news to guilty man of grace.
That in the sacred page is found !
The news of mercy, rich and free,
Comes by the gospel's joyful sound. 110 Beauty of the Gospel.
L.M. 1 God, in the gospel of His Son,
Makes His eternal counsels known : 'Tis here His richest mercy shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines. 2 Here Jesus, in ten thousand ways,
His soul-attracting charms displays,
And tells His love in melting strains. 3 Man's raging passions it controls,
And comfort yields to contrite souls ;
And guides the saint his journey through. 4 May this blest volume ever lie
Close to my heart and near my eye,
And be my chosen heritage ! 111 Sowing and Reaping.
or 18.104.22.168.8.8. 1 This is the field—the world below,
In which the sowers come to sow,
And soon the reaping time will come,
And angels shout the harvest home. 2 Most awful truth! and is it so ?
Must all the world the harvest know?
All who profess are wheat or tares :
Yes, soon, etc. 3 To love my sins, a saint t appear
To grow with wheat, and be a tare-
But soon, etc. 4 But all who truly righteous be,
Their Father's kingdom then shall see,
For soon, etc. 112 Gospel Attraction.
C.M. 1 THERE is an ear that grace divine
Alone can make rejoice ;
Attending mercy's voice ! 2 Attracted by almighty love,
O draw me to Thy door!
Of grace's boundless store.
And seal instruction there :
Can with Thy truth compare.
For Thou hast made them both;
To cause a gracious growth.
5 Give me a humble, tender heart,
A wise, obedient ear;
Or live without Thy fear. 113
Sweetness of the Gospel.
Its notes are grace and love ;
From God's bright throne above. 2 It tells the weary soul of rest;
The poor of heavenly wealth ;
It brings the sin-sick health. 3 To sinners it proclaims a rich
Inheritance in heaven;
The Truth makes Free.
Bright in the gospel page,
The eye of faith engage.
Reflects the Saviour's face;
And here they learn His grace.
Attempts the truth to scan;