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Mercy and justice here combine,
Goodness and truth harmonious join,
T' invite you near.

/" 3 Ye saints in glory! strike the lyre;
. Ye mortals! catch the sacred fire;
Let both the Saviour's love proclaim ;-
For ever worthy is the Lamb
Of endless praise.

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HYMN 278, C. M.

The Young exhorted.

YE hearts with youthful vigor warm!
In smiling crowds draw near;
And turn from every mortal charm,
A Saviour's voice to hear.

He, Lord of all the worlds on high, :! Stoops to converse with you;

| And lays his radiant glories by,

j Your friendship to pursue.

t 3 The soul, that longs to see his face, i Is sure bis love to gain;

5 And they, who early seek his grace,

| Shall never seek in vain..

\ 4 "What object, Lord! my soul should move,

I If once compared with thee?

i What beauty should command my love,

| Like what in Christ I see?

'> 5 Away, ye false delusi ve toys!

! mp Vain tempters of the mind;

I — 'T is here I fix my lasting choice,

j For here true bliss I find.

HYMN 279, 8s, 7s and 4.

Children exhorted.

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J mp 1 pHILDEEN! hear the melting story

] vJ Of the Lamb that once was slain;

{ — 'T is the Lord of life and glory;

J > Shall he plead with you in vain?

{ mf Oh! receive him,

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And salvation now obtain.

2 Yield no more to sin and folly,
Bo displeasing in his sight;

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Jesus loves the pure and holy, j

They alone are his delight; }

Seek his favor, j

And your hearts to him unite. j

mp 3 All your sins to him confessing jj

Who is ready to forgive,'

— Seek the Saviour's richest blessing, \ * On his precious name believe; i

He is waiting,— j

"Will you not his grace receive? j

Qoa HYMN 280, 7s. j

^wOU Children invited to Christ. }

m 1 CHILDREN! listen to the Lord,

VJ And obey his gracious word; j

Seek his face with heart and mind— j

Early seek, and you shall find. j

p 2 Sorrowful, your sins confess; j

< Plead his perfect righteousness;

> See the Saviour's bleeding side;—

— Come—yon will not be denied.

3 For his worship now prepare;
Kneel to him in fervent prayer;
Serve him with a perfect heart $
Never from his ways depart.

PENITENTIAL.

OO-I HYMN 281, CM.

/vOI Contrition.

aff 1 A THOU! whose tender mercy hears
V/ Contrition's humble sigh;
"Whose hand, indulgent, wipes the tears
From sorrow's weeping eye ;—

2 See, low before thy throne of grace,
A wretched wanderer mourn;
Hastjihou not bid me seek thy face?
Hast thou not said—"Return?"

8 And shall my guilty fears prevail
To drive me from thy feet?

j Oh! let not this dear refuge fail,

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This only safe retreat.

I > 4 Oh! shine on this benighted heart, \

\ < With beams of mercy shine; i

I — And let thy healing voice impart J

{ mf A taste of joys divine.'

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I OQO HYMN 282, 7s. {

* /&Qj/& Repentance at the Cross of Christ. J

'aff 1 HEARTS of stone! relent, relent, \

JUL Break, by Jesus' cross subdued; '*

See his body, mangled, rent, J

Covered with a gore of blood! *

Sinful soul! what hast thou done? $

Crucified Cod's only Son! 5

2 Yes, thy sins have done the deed,
Driven the nails that fixed him there,

Crowned with thorns his sacred head,

Pierced him with a bloody spear,
Made his soul a sacrifice,—
While for sinful man he dies.

3 Wilt thou let him bleed in vaiD,~
Still to death thy Lord pursue,—

Open all his wounds again,—

And the shameful cross renew?
No;—with all my sins I '11 part,
Break, Oh! break, my bleeding heart!

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HYMN 283, L. M., 6 Lines. *

Pleading in Jesus'1 Name. *

\ m 1 TJ1 ATHER of mercies, God of love! \

*t p "Oh! hear an humble suppliant's cry; i

* < Bend from thy lofty seat above,— \

J mf Thy throne of glorious majesty; ^ J

| > Oh! deign to hear my mournful voice, |

[ < And bid my drooping heart rejoice. I

\ mp 2 1 urge no merit of my own,-— I

\ No worth to claim thy gracious smile; j

J No,—when I come before thy throne, J

Dare to converse with God awhile, \

dol Thy name, blest Jesus! is my plea,—. J Dearest and sweetest name to me. . *

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406 HYMNS CCLXXXIV, OOLXXXV.

m 3 Father of mercies, God of love 1

p Then hear thine humble suppliant's cry;

< Bend from thy lofty seat above,

mf Thy throne of glorious majesty;

— One pardoning word can make me whole, p And soothe the anguish of my soul.

HYMN 284, C. M.

Godly Sorrow at the Cross.

aff 1 A LAS! and did my Saviour bleed,
-"• And did my sovereign die?
Would he devote that sacred head,
For such a worm as I?

2 "Was it for crimes that 1 had done,

He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity!—grace unknown!—
And love beyond degree!

3 "Well might the sun in darkness hide,

And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died,
For man the creature's sin.

4 Thus might I hide my blushing face,

While his dear cross appears;

Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,

And melt mine eyes to tears.

5 But floods of tears can ne'er repay

The debt of love I owe;
Here, Lord! I give myself away ;—
'T is all that I can do.

Qnr HYMN 285, L. M, 6 lines,

&KJ*J Backslider's Return through Christ.

mp 1 TITEARY of wandering from my G-od,
11 And now made willing to return,
I hear, and bow beneath the rod;
To him, with penitence, I mourn:

— I have an advocate above,—

A friend before the throne of love.
2 O Jesus! full of truth and grace,
More full of grace than I (f sin,—
mp Yet once again I seek thy face,

Open thine arms and take me in;
Oh 1 freely my backslidings heal,
And love the dying sinner still.

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That trembles at th' approach of sin;
A godly fear of sin impart,

Implant, and root it deep within;
That I may fear thy gracious power,
And never dare t' offend thee more.

HYMN 286, C. M.
Penitence and Hope.

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| m 1 T\EAR Saviour! when my thoughts recall j U The wonders of thy grace,

J p Low at thy feet ashamed I fall,

J And hide this wretched face.

\ 2 Oh! while I breathe to thee, my Lord!

$ The penitential sigh,

\ Confirm the kind forgiving word,

i With pity in thine eye.

* 3 Then shall the mourner, at thy feet,

\ — Rejoice to seek thy face;

| > And grateful own—how kind, how sweet,

i — Thy condescending grace.

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'987 HYMN 287, 7s.

i /^O i Confession and Entreaty.

\ m 1 QOVEREIGN Ruler, Lord of all!

J p O Prostrate at thy feet I fall;

I < Hear, Oh! hear my earnest cry,

I > Frown not, lest I faint and die.

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l mp 2 Vilest of the sons of men,—
I Chief of sinners I have been;

i Oft abused thee to thy face,

J Trampled on thy richest grace.

I 3 Justly might thy righteous dart J

\ Pierce this bleeding, broken heart; j

J. < Justly might thine angry breath'

\ > Blast me in eternal death. \

i — 4 But with thee there 's mercy found, {

5 mp Balm to heal my every wound: I

S Soothe, Oh! soothe the troubled breast, J

Give the weary wanderer rest. {

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