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2 'Twas he, who taught me thus to pray,
And he, I trust, has answer'd prayer ;
As almost drove me to despair.
At once he'd grant me my request;
Subdue my sins and give me rest. 4 Instead of this, he made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart ;
Assault my soul in ev'ry part. 5 Yea more ; with his own hand he seem'd
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low. 6 “Lord, why is this?” I trembling cried,
“ Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death! “ 'Tis in this way,” the Lord replied,
“ I answer prayer for grace and faith : 7 « These inward trials I employ,
“ From self and pride to set thee free;
HYMN 137. L. M.
The Triumph of faith. 1 THO shall the Lord's elect condemn
'Tis God that justifies their souls ; And mercy like a mighty stream,
O’er all their sins divinely rolls.
'Tis Christ that suffer'd in their stead :
3 He lives ! he lives! and sits above,
Forever interceding there :
Or what should tempt us to despair ? 4 Shall persecution or distress,
Famine, or sword, or nakedness ?
And makes us more than conq'rors too. 5 Faith hath an overcoming pow'r,
It triumphs in the dying hour :
Nor can we sink with such a prop. 6. Not all that men on earth can do,
Nor pow'rs on high, nor pow'rs below,
HYMN 138. C. M.
The Summary of Faith.
Who heav'n and earth did frame,
And glory to proclaim.
God's only Son, our Lord,
The everlasting Word.
A Person true, and one ;
With Father and with Son.
The heirs of heav'n design'd; By union all to Christ their head,
And one another join'd.
5 Redemption thro' the blood of Christ
I heartily embrace ;
The gift of sov'reign grace. 6 The Resurrection of the dead,
Sincerely I maintain ;
With Christ shall live and reign7 The hopes of everlasting Life,
My fainting soul sustain : To this I set my solemn seal,
And say, in truth, Amen! 8 To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom we adore, Be glory as it was, is now, And shall be evermore.
HYMN 139. P. M. The song of Hannah-an encouragement to Prayer. 1 WHEN Hannah press’d with grief,
Pour'd forth her soul in pray’rs ;
And songs succeeded tears.
Her heart was pain’d and sad ;
Was comforted and glad :
How was her spirit mov'd
We need not fear a creature's face,
With troubled souls to bear :
Poor comforters they are :
And with success were crown'd;
But all an answer found.
HYMN 140. C. M..
The song of Hezekiah. 1
Our God deserves a song, We take the pattern of our praise
From Hezekiah's tongue.
Are open'd wide in vain,
Commands them fast again.
; “ Our days are past, and we shall lose
6. The remnant of our years. 4. We chatter with a swallow's voice,
Or like a dove we mourn ; With bitterness instead of joys,
Aflicted and forlorn. 5 Jehovah speaks the healing word,
And no disease withstands
WHEN we are rais’d from deep distress,
Fevers and plagues obey the Lord,
And fly at his commands. 6 If half the strings of life should break,
He can our frame restore :
HYVIN 141. L. M.
The song of Mary. 100
UR souls shall magnify the Lord ;
In God the Saviour we rejoice : While we repeat the Virgin's song,
May the same Spirit tune our voice ! 2 The Highest saw her low estate,
And mighty things his hand hath done ; His over-shadowing pow'r and grace
Makes her the mother of his Son. 3 Let ev'ry nation call her bless'd,
And endless years prolong her fame :
His mercy stands for ever sure ;
And the performance is secure.
" In thee shall all the earth be bless'd :" The mem'ry of that ancient word
Lay long in his eternal breast.
No more the Gentiles lie forlorn :