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3 If inward, still inquiring,
I turn my searching eye,
Or upward, now aspiring,

I raise my feeble cry,
No heayenly light is beaming,

To cheer my troubled breast,
No ray of comfort gleaming,
To give my spirit rest.
4: My soul! from this dread anguish,
Is there no refuge nigh?
'T is guilt that makes thee languish,

And leaves thee thus to die:
Ken ounce thy sin and folly
Before the throne of grace;

< And make the Lord, most holy,
mf Thy strength and righteousness.

Q/t1 HYMN 251, C. M.

*vt/l Conviction by the Law,

m IT ORD! how secure my conscience was, -Li And felt no inward dread! I was alive without the law,

And thought my sins were dead.

< 2 My hopes of heaven were firm and bright;

— But, since the precept came,
"With a convincing power and light,

p I find how vile I am.

— 3 My guilt appeared but small before, p Till terribly I saw—

"How perfect, holy, just, and pure,

Is thine eternal law. mp 4 Then felt my soul the heavy load, My sins revived again:— I have provoked a dreadful God, p And all my hopes are slain.

mp 5 My God! I cry, with every breath, , For some kind power to save,—

— To break the yoke of sin and death, mf And thus redeem the slave.

OFLQ HYMN 252, I. M.

/L*J £ The Strivings of the Spirit.

mp 1 CAY, sinner! hath a voice within L> Oft whispered to thy secret soul, | Urged thee to leave the ways of sin,

l And yield thy heart to God's control?

* ■< 2 Sinner 1 it was a heavenly voice,— J It was the Spirit's gracious call;

I It bade thee make the better choice,

J Ajid haste to seek in Christ thine all.

j 3 Spurn not the call to life and light;

| Eegard, in time, the warning kind;

| That call thou may'st not always slight,

j And yet the gate of mercy find.

{ 4 God's Spirit will not always strive

* "With hardened, self-destroying man: i Ye, who persist his love to grieve,

* May never hear his voice again.

5 Sinner! perhaps, this very day,
Thy last accepted time may be:

> Oh! should'st thou grieve him now away,

p Then hope may never beam on thee.

QAO HYMN 253, S. BL

<£t)*J Man condemned before God,

mp 1 AH! how shall fallen man
•ft- Be just before his God?
If he contend in righteousness,

* "We fall beneath his rod.

5 2 If he our. ways should mark,

* "With strict inquiring eyes,

I Could we, for one of thousand faults,

* A just excuse devise?

i m 3 All-seeing, powerful God!

* "Who can with thee contend?

i Or who, that tries th' unequal strife,

* Shall prosper in the end?

i mf 4 The mountains, in thy wrath,

* Their ancient seats forsake;

J The trembling earth deserts her place,

| f Her rooted pillars shake.

I p 5 Ah! how shall guilty man

| Contend with such a God?

i < None—none can meet him, and escape,

* > But through the Saviour's blood.

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Qp-A HYMN 254, S. M.

/£QQ- The evil Heart,

aff 1 A STONISHED and distressed,
Jjl. I turn mine eyes within;
My heart with loads of guilt oppressed,
The seat of every sin.

2 What crowds of evil thoughts,

"What vile affections there!
Distrust, presumption, artful guile,
Pride, envy, slavish fear!

3 Almighty King of saints!

These hateful sins subdue;
Dispel the darkness from my mind,
And all my powers.renew.

< 4 This done,—my cheerful voice
f Shall loud hosannas raise;

My soul shall glow with gratitude,—
My lips pronounce thy praise.

INVITING.

255

HYMN 225, C. M.

The Saviour's Invitation.

m 1 THE Saviour calls;—let every ear A Attend the heavenly sound;

< Ye doubting souls! dismiss your fear,

— Hope smiles reviving round.

2 For every thirsty, longing heart,

Here streams of bounty flow.
And life, and health, and bliss impart,
To banish mortal woe.

3 Ye sinners! come; 'tis mercy's voice;

The gracious call obey;
Mercy invites to heavenly joys,—
And can you yet delay? i

mp 4 Dear Saviour! draw reluctant hearts; f

< To thee let sinners fly, I

— And take the bliss thy love imparts, I

And drink, and never die. $ C)jzn HYMN 256, L. M.

/4*\J\J Rest for the weary Penitent.

mp 1 flOME, weary souls! with sin distressed, \J Come, and accept the promised rest; The Saviour's gracious call obey,

< And cast your gloomy fears away.

— 2 Here, mercy's boundless ocean flows,

> To cleanse your guilt and heal your woes;

— Pardon and life, and endless peace;—
How rich the gift, how free the grace!

3 Lord! we accept, with thankful heart,
The hope thy gracious words impart;

X We come, with trembling;—yet rejoice, mf And bless the kind inviting voice.

< 4 Dear Saviour! let thy powerful love

— Confirm our faith,—our fears remove; mp Oh! sweetly reign in every breast,

And guide us to eternal rest.

Q cri HYMN 257, C. M.

/CfJ I The Gospel Trumpet.

m 1 JET every mortal ear attend,
-k And every heart rejoice;
The trumpet of the gospel sounds,
With an inviting voice.

2 Ho! all ye hungry, starving souls,
That feed upon the wind,
mp And vainly strive, with earthly toils,
To fill th' immortal mind!—

— 3 Eternal wisdom has prepared

A soul-reviving feast,
And bids your longing appetites
The rich provision taste.

4 Ho! ye that pant for living streams, p> And pine away and die!

< Here you may quench your raging thirst mf With springs that never dry.

— 5 Eivers of love and mercy, here,

In a rich ocean join; mf Salvation in abundance flows, Like floods of milk and wine.

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