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The dead and the living.

THERE are the dead?-In heaven or hell HERE Their disembodied spirits dwell; Their perish'd forms, in bonds of clay, Reserved until the judgment-day. 2 Where are the living?-On the ground Where prayer is heard and mercy found; Where, in the compass of a span, The mortal makes the' immortal man. 3 Then, timely warn'd, let us begin To follow Christ and flee from sin; Daily grow up in him our Head, Lord of the living and the dead.

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Warnings from the grave.

ENEATH our feet, and o'er our head,

Bis equal warning given;

Beneath us lie the countless dead,-
Above us is the heaven.

2 Death rides on every passing breeze,
And lurks in every flower;

Each season has its own disease,-
Its peril every hour.

3 Our eyes have seen the rosy light
Of youth's soft cheek decay,
And fate descend in sudden night
On manhood's middle day.

4 Our eyes have seen the steps of age
Halt feebly to the tomb;

And shall earth still our hearts engage,
And dreams of days to come?

5 Turn, mortal, turn; thy danger know:
Where'er thy foot can tread,
The earth rings hollow from below,
And warns thee by her dead.

6 Turn, mortal, turn; thy soul apply To truths divinely given:

The dead who underneath thee lie,
Shall live for hell or heaven.

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C. M.

Sin kills beyond the tomb.

VAIN

AIN man, thy fond pursuits forbear; Repent, thine end is nigh; Death, at the farthest, can't be far: O think before thou die.

2 Reflect, thou hast a soul to save; Thy sins, how high they mount! What are thy hopes beyond the grave? How stands that dark account?

3 Death enters, and there's no defence;
His time there's none can tell;
He'll in a moment call thee hence,
To heaven, or down to hell.

4 Thy flesh (perhaps thy greatest care) Shall into dust consume;

But, ah! destruction stops not there
Sin kills beyond the tomb.

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C. M.

Fear of hell.

TERE

ERRIBLE thought! shall I alone,
Who may be saved, shall I,
Of all, alas! whom I have known,
Through sin forever die?

2 While all my old companions dear,
With whom I once did live,
Joyful at God's right hand appear,
A blessing to receive :-

3 Shall I, amidst a ghastly band,
Dragg'd to the judgment-seat,
Far on the left with horror stand,
My fearful doom to meet?

4 Ah! no;-I still may turn and live,
For still his wrath delays;
He now vouchsafes a kind reprieve,
And offers me his grace.

5 I will accept his offers now-
From every sin depart-
Perform my oft-repeated vow,
And render him my heart..

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6 I will improve what I receive,

The grace through Jesus given; Sure, if with God on earth I live, To live with God in heaven.

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EARTS of stone, relent, relent! Break, by Jesus' cross subdued; See his body mangled, rent,

HE

Stain'd and cover'd with his blood! Sinful soul, what hast thou done? Crucified the' eternal Son.

6th P. M. 6 lines 7s. What sin hath done.

2 Yes, thy sins have done the deed;

Driven the nails that fix'd him there; Crown'd with thorns his sacred head; Plunged into his side the spear; Made his soul a sacrifice, While for sinful man he dies.

3 Wilt thou let him bleed in vain? Still to death thy Lord pursue? Open all his wounds again,

And the shameful cross renew? No; with all my sins I'll part; Saviour, take my broken heart.

INVITING.

8th P. M. 87, 87, 47.

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1OME, ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity, love, and power: He is able,

He is willing: doubt no more.

The invitation.

2 Now, ye needy, come and welcome; God's free bounty glorify;

True belief and true repentance,Every grace that brings you nigh,— Without money,

Come to Jesus Christ and buy.

3 Let not conscience make you linger; Nor of fitness fondly dream:

All the fitness he requireth
Is to feel your need of him:
This he gives you,-
'Tis the Spirit's glimm'ring beam.

4 Come, ye weary, heavy-laden,
Bruised and mangled by the fall;
If you tarry till you're better,
You will never come at all;
Not the righteous,-
Sinners Jesus came to call.

5 Agonizing in the garden,

Your Redeemer prostrate lies;
On the bloody tree behold him!

Hear him cry, before he dies,
It is finish'd!-
Sinners, will not this suffice?

6 Lo! the' incarnate God, ascending,
Pleads the merit of his blood:
Venture on him,-venture freely;
Let no other trust intrude:
None but Jesus

Can do helpless sinners good.

7 Saints and angels, join'd in concert,
Sing the praises of the Lamb;
While the blissful seats of heaven
Sweetly echo with his name:
Hallelujah!
Sinners here may do the same.

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He waiteth to be gracious.

ESUS, Redeemer of mankind,

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Thy mercy let the sinner find,
And know his gracious hour.

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2 Who thee beneath their feet have trod, And crucified afresh,

Touch with thine all-victorious blood,
And turn the stone to flesh.

3 Open their eyes thy cross to see,—
Their ears, to hear thy cries:
Sinner, thy Saviour weeps for thee;
For thee he weeps and dies.

4 All the day long he meekly stands, His rebels to receive;

And shows his wounds, and spreads his hands, And bids you turn and live.

5 Turn, and your sins of deepest dye
He will with blood efface;

E'en now he waits the blood to' apply;-
Be saved, be saved by grace.

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