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Nature, at best, is only blind,

And dead the heart of man.
4 But when the Lord reveals the light,

And takes the veil away,
The soul emerges from its night,

And hails the rising day.
5 This word of righteousness is stored

With liberty and grace ;
'Tis by the Spirit of the Lord

Sinners behold His face.
6 Here may our souls for wisdom search

And saving knowledge seek,
And hear the Prophet of His Church

In tones of mercy speak. 115 Power of the Gospel. 148th. 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 its secret store. 2 Arrayed in beauteous green,

The hills and valleys shine,
And man and beast are fed

By providence divine :
Tle harvest bows its golden ears,

The copious seed of future years. 3 So, saith the God of grace,

My gospel shall descend,

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Almighty to effect
The purpose

I intend :
Millions of souls shall feel its power,

And bear it down to millions inore. 116 The Bitter Waters (Ex. xv. 23). C.M. 1 BITTER, indeed, the waters are

Which in this desert flow ;
Though to the eye they promise fair,

They taste of sin and woe.
2 But there's a wonder-working wood,

I've heard believers say,
Can make these bitter waters good,

And take the curse away.
3 The virtues of this healing tree

Are known and prized by few :
Reveal the secret, Lord, to me,

That I may prize it too !

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THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. 117 The Eternal Word. 1 ERE the blue heavens were stretched abroad,

From everlasting was the Word ;
With God He was; the Word was God,

And must divinely be adored. 2 By His own power were all things made;

By Him supported all things stand ;
He is the whole creation's Head,
And angels fly at His command.

3 But lo! He leaves those heavenly forms;

The Word descends and dwells in clay, Tha' He may hold converse with worms,

Dressed in such feeble flesh as they. 4 Mortals with joy behold His face,

The eternal Father's only Son;
How full of truth ! how full of grace !

When through His eyes the Godhead shone. 5 Bless'd angels leave their high abode

To learn new mysteries here, and tell
The loves of their descending God,

The glories of Immanuel.
118 The Incarnate Word.

L.M. 1 LONG before time its round began,

Or dust was fashioned into man,
Jesus the God in council stood

Engaged to take our flesh and blood. 2 His Name and Person, both of old

Were by prophetic pens foretold ;
They saw and sang the joyful morn

When the Redeemer should be born. 3 The constantly revolving spheres

Roll on, and number all the years,
Till the appointed time takes place,

And earth beholds the Saviour's face. 4 Astonished angels bowed to view

Scenes so mysterious and so new,
While from their lofty bright abode
They hailed and sang th' Incarnate God.

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Proverbs viii. 7.6 double. 1 ERE God had built the mountains,

Or raised the fruitful hills ;
Before He filled the fountains

That feed the running rills,
In ME, from everlasting,

The wonderful I AM,
Found pleasures, never wasting ;

And Wisdom is My name.
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2 When, like a tent to dwell in,

He spread the skies abroad,
And swathed about the swelling

Of ocean's mighty flood;
He wrought by weight and measure,

And I was with Him then :
Myself, the Father's pleasure,

And Mine, the sons of men.
3 Thus Wisdom's words discover

Thy glory and Thy grace,
Thou everlasting Lover

Of all Thy chosen race:
Thy gracious eye surveyed them,

Ere stars were seen above;
In wisdom Thou hast made them,

And died for them in love.

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120 The Mystery of Godliness.
1 CARIST, the Father's Son Eternal,

Once was born, a Son of man ;

He, who never knew beginning,

Here on earth a life began. 2 Here, in David's lowly city,

Tenant of the manger-bed;
Child of everlasting ages,

Mary's Infant lays His head.
3 There He lies, in mighty weakness,

David's Lord and David's Son; Creature and Creator meeting,

Heaven and earth conjoined in one. 4 Here at Nazareth He dwelleth,

'Mid the sin of sinful men; Sorrowful, forlorn, and hated,

And yet hating none again. 5 Here in Galilee He wanders,

Through its teeming cities moves ; Climbs its mountains, walks its waters,

Blesses, comforts, saves, and loves. 6 Words of truth and deeds of kindness,

Miracles of grace and might, Scatter fragrance all around Him,

Shine with heaven's most glorious light. 121 Christ on Earth.

7's. 1 Christ is merciful and mild,

He was once a little child;
He whom heavenly hosts adore

Lived on earth among the poor. 2 He the sick to health restored,

To the poor He preached the word ;

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