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272 1 Jo. iv. 19.—“ We love Him, because he

first loved us.

1 If human kindness meets return,

And owns the grateful tie;
If tender thoughts within us burn,
To feel a friend is nigh,-

2 O! shall not warmer accents tell

The gratitude we owe
To Him who died, our fears to quell,-

Our more than orphan's woe!
3 While yet His anguish'd soul survey'd

Those pangs He would not flee;
What love His latest words display'd,

“ Meet and remember Me!”

4 Remember Thee, Thy death, Thy shame,

Our sinful hearts to share!
O memory, leave no other name

But His recorded there.

273 Rev. 1.5 6.—“Unto Him that loved us, and

washed us from our sins in His own blood, to Him be glory and dominion."

1 Now, let us join with heart and tongues,

To imitate the angels' songs;
Yea, sinners may address their King
In songs that angels cannot sing.
They praise the Lamb that once was slain,
But we can add a higher strain,
Not only say, “ He suffered thus,"
But, "that He suffered all for us!"

2 Jesus, who pass'd the angels by,

Assum'd our flesh to bleed and die ;
And still He makes it His abode,-
As man He fills the throne of God.
Our next of kin, our Brother now,
Is He to whom the angels bow;
They join with us to praise His name,

But we the nearest interest claim.
3 But, ah! how faint our praises rise !

Sure, 'tis the wonder of the skies,
That we who share His richest love,
So cold and unconcern'd should prove.
O glorious hour! it comes with speed !
When we, from sin and darkness freed,
Shall see that God who died for man,
And praise Him more than angels can!

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ANOTHER OF THE SAME. 1 On earth the song begins,

In Heav'n more sweet and loud, “ To Him that cleans'd our sins

By His atoning blood; “ To Him,” they sing, in joyful strain,

• Be honour, pow'r, and praise, Amen." 2 Believers now repeat

What Heav'n with gladness owns;
And, while before His feet

The elders cast their crowns,
Go, imitate the choirs above,

And sing aloud the Saviour's love. 3 Alone He bore the cross,

Alone its grief sustain'd;
His was the shame and loss,

And He the victory gain'd:
The mighty work was all His own,
And He shall ever wear the crown.

275 Rev. 1. 7.-Behold, He cometh with

clouds, and every eye shall see Him."

1 Lo! He comes, with clouds descending,

Once for favour'd sinners slain !
Thousand, thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train,

Hallelujah!
Jesus comes on earth to reign!

2 Every eye shall now behold Him,

Rob'din dreadful majesty;
Those who set at nought and sold Him,
Pierc'd and nail'd Him to the tree,

Deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

3 When the solemn trump has sounded,

Heaven and earth shall fiee away,
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the summons of that day:

Come to judgment !
Come to judgment! come away!

4 Now redemption long expected,

See in solemn pomp appear
All His saints, by man rejected,
Rise to meet Him in the air:

Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

5 Answer thine own Bride and Spirit,

Hasten, Lord, the general doom ;
The new Heaven and earth t'inherit,
Take thy pining exiles home;

All creation
Travails, groans, and bids Thee come!

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6 Yea, amen ! let all adore Thee,

High on thine eternal throne!
Saviour! take the power and glory,
Make thy righteous sentence known;

O, come quickly,
Claim the kingdoms for Thine own!

276 Rev. 1. 18.—“I am He that liveth, and was

dead.

1 SWEET is the savour of His name

Who suffer'd in His people's stead;
His portion here, reproach and shame:

He liveth now; He once was dead.

2 He once was dead; the very same

Who sits on yonder throne above;
Who bears in Heaven the greatest name,-

Whom angels serve, whom angels love. 3 He once was dead; the very same

Who made the worlds--a work of power ;
Who now upholds the mighty frame,

And keeps it to the final hour.
4 He once was dead; but now He lives,

His glory fills all Heaven above;
Its sedness to Heaven He gives,-

The fountain He of joy and love.
5 His people shall His triumph share,

With Him shall live, with Him shall reign, In Heaven their joy is full, for there

They see THE LAMB for sinners slain.

277 Rev. II. 4.-“ Nevertheless, I have some

what against thee, because thou hast

left thy first love."
1 0, WHERE is now that glowing love

That mark'd our union with the Lord ?
Our hearts were fix'd on things above,

Nor could the world a joy afford.
2 Where is the zeal that led us then

To make our Saviour's glory known ;
That freed us from the fear of men,

And kept our eye on Him alone? 3 Where are the happy seasons spent

In fellowship with Him we loved ?
The sacred joy, the sweet content,

The blessedness that then we proved ?
4 Behold, again we turn to Thee,

O cast us not away, though vile !
No peace we have, no joy we see,

O Lord, our God, but in Thy smile.

278 Rev. 11. 28.—“ I will give Him the morning

Star."

1 THERE is a morning Star, my soul,

There is a morning Star;
'Twill soon be near and bright, tho' now

It seems so dim and far.
And when time's stars have come and gone,
And every mist of earth has flown,
That better star shall rise
On this world's clouded skies,

To shine for ever!

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