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2 Guide of my life hast thou not been, And rescued me from passion's power? Ten thousand times preserved from sin,

Nor let the greedy grave devour? And wilt thou now thy wrath retain, Nor ever love thy child again?

3 If thou hast call'd me to return,—
If weeping at thy feet I fall,-
The prodigal thou wilt not spurn,
But pity and forgive me all,
In answer to my Friend above,-
In honour of his bleeding love.

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2 Yet mercy calls,-Return; Saviour, to thee I come: My vile ingratitude I mourn;

O take the wand'rer home!

The wanderer returning.

HOW

OW oft this wretched heart
Has wander'd from the Lord;
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of his word.

3 Thy love, so free, so sweet,
Blest Saviour, I adore;
O, keep me at thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more.

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S. M.

S. M.

Restored by grace.

JESU

ESUS, if thy free grace
Again hath raised me up,
And call'd me still to seek thy face,
And given me back my hope,-
Thy timely help afford,

Thy loving-kindness show;

O keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
And never let me go.

2 By me, my Saviour, stand,
In sore temptation's hour;
O save me with thine out-stretch'd hand,
And show forth all thy power.

Be mindful of thy word;

Sufficient grace bestow;

O keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
And never let me go.

3 Give me a holy fear,

And fix it in my heart;
That thus I may from evil near
With timely care depart;
Be every sin abhorr'd,
Till thou destroy the foe;
O keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
And never let me go.

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S. M.

Rejoicing in Christ's restoring love.

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SPEAK that word again;
It cheers my drooping heart:
How sweetly doth it soothe my pain,
And bid my fears depart.

2 And dost thou deign to own A worm so vile as I?

And may I still approach thy throne,
And Abba, Father, cry?

3 My Saviour, by his word,
Hath turn'd my night to day;
And all those heavenly joys restored,
Which I had sinn'd away.

4 I wonder and adore:
The grace is all divine:
Lord, keep me, that I sin no more
Against such love as thine.

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12th P. M. 76, 76, 78, 76.

Tears of joy.

LORD, and is thine anger gone,

And art

After all that I have done,

Dost thou no longer chide?
Let thy love my heart constrain,
And all my restless passions sway :
Keep me, lest I turn again
Out of the narrow way.

2 To the cross, thine altar, bind Me with the cords of love; Freedom never let me find

From thee, my Lord, to move: That I never, never more

May with my much-loved Master part, To the posts of mercy's door, O nail my willing heart!

3 See my utter helplessness, And leave me not alone; O preserve in perfect peace,

And seal me for thine own:
More and more thyself reveal,

Thy presence let me always find;
Comfort, and confirm, and heal
My feeble, sin-sick mind.

4 As the apple of thine

eye, Thy weakest servant keep; Help me at thy feet to lie,

And there forever weep:
Tears of joy mine eyes o'erflow,
That I have any hope of heaven;
Much of love I ought to know,
For I have much forgiven.

IN

DELIVERANCE FROM TROUBLE.

S. M.

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The loving-kindness of the Lord.
BLESS the Lord, my soul;
His grace to thee proclaim;
And all that is within me, join

To bless his holy Name.
2 The Lord forgives thy sins,—
Prolongs thy feeble breath;
He healeth thine infirmities,

And ransoms thee from death.
3 He clothes thee with his love,-
Upholds thee with his truth;
And like the eagle he renews
The vigour of thy youth.
4 Then bless his holy Name

Whose grace hath made thee whole; Whose loving-kindness crowns thy days: O bless the Lord, my soul.

885

C. M.

Grateful acknowledgment.

I LOVE the Lord: he heard my cries,

And pitied every groan:

Long as I live, when troubles rise,

I'll hasten to his throne.

2 I love the Lord: he bow'd his ear,
And chased my grief away:

O let my heart no more despair,
While I have breath to pray.

3 The Lord beheld me sore distress'd;
He bade my pains remove:
Return, my soul, to God thy rest,
For thou hast known his love.

25th P. M. 77, 87, 77, 87.
Fearless in the fire of tribulation.
[EAD of the Church triumphant,

HEA
We joyfully adore

thee;
Till thou appear, thy members here
Shall sing like those in glory:
We lift our hearts and voices
With blest anticipation;
And cry aloud, and give to God
The praise of our salvation.

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2 Thou dost conduct thy people
Through torrents of temptation ;
Nor will we fear, while thou art near,
The fire of tribulation:

The world, with sin and Satan,

In vain our march opposes; By thee we shall break through them all, And sing the song of Moses.

3 By faith we see the glory
To which thou shalt restore us;
The cross despise for that high prize
Which thou hast set before us:
And if thou count us worthy,
We each, as dying Stephen,
Shall see thee stand, at God's right hand,
To take us up to heaven.

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25th P. M. 77, 87, 77, 87. Triumphing in delivering grace.

WORSHIP, and thanks, and blessing,

And strength to
Jesus alone defends his own,
When earth and hell oppress us.
Jesus with joy we witness,
Almighty to deliver;

Our seals set to, that God is true,
And reigns a King forever.

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