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4 Our hearts, if God we seek to know,
Shall know Him and rejoice;
Like morning songs His voice.
And shed a joyful light;
JOHN MORRISON. 1741.
1169 Let him return to the Lord, and He will
RETAnd Seek an injured "Father's face ;
have mercy upon him.- Isa. 55. 7.
Those warm desires that in thee burn
Were kindled by reclaiming grace. 2 Return, O wanderer, return,
And seek a Father's melting heart;
His hand shall heal thy inward smart. 3 Return, O wanderer, return,
Thy Saviour bids thy spirit live;
How freely Jesus can forgive.
And wipe away the falling tear;
W. B. COLLYER. 1812. 1170 I perish with hunger. I will arise, and go
to my Father.—Luke 15. 17, 18.
And now made willing to return,
I hear, and bow me to the rod;
A Friend before the throne of love. 2 O Jesus, full of truth and grace,
More full of grace than I of sin ;
And love the faithless sinner still.
My fallen spirit to restore;
ruins of my soul repair,
That trembles at the approach of sin;
C. WESLEY. 1740.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE:
Thou shalt guide me with_Thy counsel, and
afterward receive me to glory.-Ps. 73. 24. 1 EAD, kindly Light, amid the encircling Lead Thou me on;
[gloom, The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on.
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me. 2 I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on ;
Lead Thou me on ;
will : remember not past years ! 3 So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on O’er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone, And with the morn those angel-faces smile Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
J. H. NEWMAN. 1833.
L.M. 1172 But be not Thou far from me, O Lord.
Ps. 22. 19. 1 END me, O Lord, Thy softening cloud,
, Lest in the desert I be proud,
Forgetful whence the sunbeams flow. 2 Lend me, O Lord, Thy fire Divine When darkness hides Thee from
my soul, Lest in the desert I repine,
Forgetful whence the shadows roll.
When in my strength I stand alone;
Be Thou my Star, my guiding One. 4 Thy cloud that meets me in the day
Is but the shadow of Thy wing,
5 Thy fire that meets me in the night
Is the full brightness of Thy face,
1173 They left their nets
, and followed Him.
Matt. 4. 20.
1 ESUS, at Thy command
I launch into the deep,
And sail to heaven with Thee and Thine. 2 Thou art my Pilot wise;
My compass is Thy word;
While I have such a Lord.
To save me in the trying hour.
Through all my passage lie,
And guide me with His eye;
And I each boisterous storm outride. 4 By faith I see the land,
The port of endless rest;
And fly to Jesus' breast.
Where winds and waves distress no more. 5 Whene'er becalmed I lie,
And storms forbear to toss,
Be Thou, dear Lord, still nigh,
Lest I should suffer loss :
Than tempests bursting o'er my head.
A prosperous gale of grace,
To heaven, my destined place:
A. M. TOPLADY. 1776.
If onward ye will tread
To Jesus as your Head !
As Jesus did for men :
As Jesus hungered then!
He carried as your due:
He weareth it for you.
The hope in which ye yearn,
To Him alone will turn.
The sorrows ye endure,
That death alone can cure, —