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138. C. M. Breviary.
True Repentance. 1 O SINNER, bring not tears alone,
Or outward form of prayer, But let it in thy heart be known
That penitence is there.
2 To smite the breast, the clothes to rend,
God asketh not of thee :
In true humility.
3 0, let us, then, with heartfelt grief,
Draw near unto our God,
And stay the lifted rod.
4 O righteous Judge, if thou wilt deign
To grant us what we need, We pray for time to turn again,
And grace to turn indeed.
139. 75 M. MERRICK.
Freedom from Error, Guilt, and Folly. 1 Blest Instructor, from thy ways
Who can tell how oft he strays?
Leave not, Lord, one root behind. 2 Purge us from the guilt that lies
Wrapped within our heart's disguise ;
3 Let our tongues, from error free,
Speak the words approved by thee;
Let our thoughts accepted rise.
And thy healing grace implore,
SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS.
The Hope of Pardon. 1 GREAT God, wert thou extreme to mark
The deeds we do amiss,
Who claim thy promised bliss ?
Thy love surpasseth thought;
And peace and pardon brought. 2 On us the Sun of Righteousness
Its brightest beams hath poured;
Lord, be thy love adored :
To that more glorious day,
And grief, shall flee away.
141. L. M. Watts.
A Penitent pleading for Pardon.
Let a repenting rebel Jive :
2 My crimes are great, but can't surpass
The power and glory of thy grace : Great God, thy nature hath no bound,
So let thy pardoning love be found. 3 0, wash my soul from every sin,
And make my guilty conscience clean;
And past offences pain mine eyes. 4 Yet save a trembling sinner, Lord,
Whose hope, still hovering round thy word, Would light on some sweet promise there, Some sure support against despair.
142. L. M. BEDDOME.
Are emblems of the fickle mind;
2 But cloud and wind, and dew and star,
Only a faint resemblance bear;
So changeable and frail as we.
Are scarcely through an hour the same;
And then those very vows repeat.
Our folly and unsteadfastness.
1 Forgive us, for thy mercy's sake;
Our multitude of sins forgive;
2 The covenant of forgiveness seal,
And all thy mighty wonders show;
3 0, put it in our inward parts,
The living law of perfect love;
144. L. M. Watts.
Seeking Forgiveness. 10 Thou that hear’st when sinners cry,
Though all my crimes before thee lie,
2 Create my nature pure within,
And form my soul averse to sin;
3 I cannot live without thy light,
Cast out and banished from thy sight :
And guard me, that I fall no more. 4 A broken heart, my God, my King,
Is all the sacrifice I bring :
145. C. M. Doddridge.
Cleanse thou me from secret Faults.
I all my soul display ;
Entreat thy strict survey.
I any sin conceal,
The secret guile reveal.
Unknowing, I remain,
Wash out the hateful stain.
Be gentle pity given;
And seal its claim to heaven.
146. L. M. Christian Psalmist.
Amidst Temptation. 1 My gracious Lord, whose changeless love
To me nor earth nor death can part,