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"There, like streams that feed the garden,
"Ye no more your suns descending,
XI. JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jer. xxiii. 6.
My God, how perfect are thy ways!But mine polluted are;
When I would speak what thou hast done
To save me from my sin,
But self-applause creeps in.
Divine desire, that holy flame
Thy grace creates in me; Alas! impatience is its name,
When it returns to thee.
This heart, a fountain of vile thoughts,
How does it overflow!
Still bubbling from below.
Let others in the gaudy dress
Of fancied merit shine,
The Lord for ever mine.
XII. EPHRAIM REPENTING. Jer. xxxi. 18—20.
My God, till I received thy stroke, How like a beast was I!
With grief my just reproach I bear, Shame fills me at the thought;
Thy merciful restraint I scorn'd,
And left the pleasant road;
"Is Ephraim banish'd from my thoughts,
Or vile in my esteem?
I still remember him.
"Is he a dear and pleasant child?
Yes, dear and pleasant still; Though sin his foolish heart beguiled,
And he withstood my will.
"My sharp rebuke has laid him low,
He seeks my face again; My pity kindles at his woe,
He shall not seek in vain."
XIII. THE COVENANT. Ezek. xxxvi. 25—28.
The Lord proclaims his grace abroad!
My grace, a flowing stream, proceeds
My truth the great design ensures,
Yet not unsought, or unimplored,
From the first breath of life divine,
XIV. JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH. Ezek. xlviii. 35.
As birds their infant brood protect,2
And what then is Jerusalem,
Jehovah founded it in blood,
There, though besieged on every side,
Let earth repent, and hell despair,
XV. PRAISE FOR THE FOUNTAIN OPENED. Zee. xiii. 1.
There is a fountain fill'd with blood
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day; And there have I, as vile as he,
Wash'd all my sins away.
Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power,
Be saved to sin no more.
E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply, Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I'll sing thy power to save;
Lies silent in the grave.