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Nature, at best, is only blind,
And dead the heart of man.
And takes the veil away,
And hails the rising day.
With liberty and grace ;
Sinners behold His face.
And saving knowledge seek,
In tones of mercy speak. 115 Power of the Gospel. 148th. 1 MARK the soft-falling snow,
And the diffusive rain ;
It turns not back again,
And calls forth all its secret store. 2 Arrayed in beauteous green,
The hills and valleys shine,
By providence divine :
The copious seed of future years. 3 So, saith the God of grace,
My gospel shall descend,
Almighty to effect
I intend :
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 ;
They taste of sin and woe.
I've heard believers say,
And take the curse away.
Are known and prized by few :
That I may prize it too !
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. 117 The Eternal Word. 1 ERE the blue heavens were stretched abroad,
From everlasting was the Word ;
And must divinely be adored. 2 By His own power were all things made;
By Him supported all things stand ;
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;
When through His eyes the Godhead shone. 5 Bless'd angels leave their high abode
To learn new mysteries here, and tell
The glories of Immanuel.
L.M. 1 LONG before time its round began,
Or dust was fashioned into man,
Engaged to take our flesh and blood. 2 His Name and Person, both of old
Were by prophetic pens foretold ;
When the Redeemer should be born. 3 The constantly revolving spheres
Roll on, and number all the years,
And earth beholds the Saviour's face. 4 Astonished angels bowed to view
Scenes so mysterious and so new,
Proverbs viii. 7.6 double. 1 ERE God had built the mountains,
Or raised the fruitful hills ;
That feed the running rills,
The wonderful I AM,
And Wisdom is My name.
He spread the skies abroad,
Of ocean's mighty flood;
And I was with Him then :
And Mine, the sons of men.
Thy glory and Thy grace,
Of all Thy chosen race:
Ere stars were seen above;
And died for them in love.
120 The Mystery of Godliness.
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;
Mary's Infant lays His head.
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;
Lived on earth among the poor. 2 He the sick to health restored,
To the poor He preached the word ;