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The True Light. John i. 9, &c.
EHOLD the sun, whose cheering light
Dispels the darkness of the right;

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Beams from the east his gentle rays,
And in the west his light displays!
2 So, like the sun, did Christ appear,
Or like the bright and morning star ;
Enlight'ning all the world below,
That every man the truth may know.
3 The glorious Sun of Righteousness
Came down the nations all to bless,
To spread the truth from pole to pole,
And bring again the ransom'd soul.

4 The lame, the halt, the deaf, the blind,
In Jesus shall salvation find;

And in his name shall all confess,

The Lord is God our Righteousness. KNEELAND.

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Religion-a Heaven below.

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Which leads to sin's most fatal wo,

Religion points the way to God,

And gives the peace of heaven below?

2 The slaves to error, the destroy'd, Who neither joy nor comfort know, In iron servitude, employ'd,

Find in Religion-heaven below.

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To the oppress'd, the poor not fed,
Who from the rich quite empty go,
Religion brings fair Zion's bread,

And fills the soul with heaven below.

4 Those who in riches, fame, and power,
Nothing but anxious cares can know,
Find, in religion's humble bower,

That peace which makes a heaven below.
5 The sick, the weak, the dying too,
Who earthly joys nor comforts know,
In pure religion have a view,

Of things which make a heaven below.

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HYMN 52. L. P. M.

From Ps. lxxiv. 16, 17.

H. BALLOU.

NHOU art, O God! the life and light Of all this wond'rous world we see ; Its glow by day, its smile by night,

Are but reflections caught from thee.
Where'er we turn, thy glories shine,
And all things fair and bright are thine.
2 When day, with farewell beam, delays
Among the opening clouds of even,
And we can almost think we gaze
Through golden vistas into heaven;
Those hues that make the sun's decline
So soft, so radiant, Lord! are thine.

3 When night, with wings of starry gloom,
O'ershadows all the earth and skies,
Like some dark, beauteous bird, whose plum
Is sparkling with unnumber'd eyes ;-
That sacred gloom, those fires divine
So grand, so countless, Lord! are thine.

4 When youthful spring around us breathes,
Thy spirit warms her fragrant sigh;
And ev'ry flower the summer wreathes,
Is born beneath thy kindling eye.
Where'er we turn, thy glories shine,
And all things fair and bright are thine.

Sacred Melodies.

HYMN 53. C. M.

"Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth."

"N the soft season of thy youth,
In nature's smiling bloom,
Ere we arrive and trembling wait
Its summons to the tomb;

2 Remember thy Creator God;
For him thy powers employ ;
Make him thy fear, thy love, thy hope,
Thy confidence and joy.

3 He shall defend and guide thy cause
Through life's uncertain sea,

Till thou art landed on the shore
Of blest eternity.

4 Then seek the Lord betimes, and choose
The path of heavenly truth;

The earth affords no lovelier sight

Than a religious youth.

LE

Salisbury Coll.

HYMN 54. L. M.

A Christmas Hymn.

ET all the powers of music join,
In one exalted chorus raise

Loud anthems to the theme divine,

And fill all heaven and earth with praise.

2 To us is born a Son, to reign

High on a throne of grace divine,

And universal empire gain,
Through ev'ry land and ev'ry clime.
3 The banners of his grace unfurl'd,
Shall lead to victory and peace;
Shall raise from death a sinking world;
Nor shall his spreading glory cease.
4 A flood of light his path illumes,
And enters ev'ry dark recess;
An all-devouring flame consumes,
And makes each foe his power confess.
5 In council wonderful and wise,
All human wisdom shall confound,
While death itself before him dies,
And life, and joy, and peace abound.
6 An everlasting Father kind,

The world shall own his matchless grace,
And ev'ry child of sorrow find
The favour of his radiant face.

7 A mighty God, the prince of peace;
Thrones, powers, dominions to him bend,
And groaning prisoners find release;
Rebellion now shall have an end.
8 Let all the powers below, above,
In one harmonious anthem, raise
The honours of the God of love,
And fill the universe with praise.

HYMN 55. C. M.

Universal Depravity. Ps. xiv.

H. BALLOU.

NOOLS in their hearts believe and say,
"That all religion 's vain ;

"There is no God that reigns on high,
"Or minds th' affairs of men."

2 From thoughts so dreadful and profane Corrupt discourse proceeds;

And by their impious hands are done
Abominable deeds.

3 The Lord, from his celestial throne,
Look'd down on things below,

To find the men that sought his grace,
Or did his justice know.

4 He saw that all were gone astray,
Their practice all the same;
That none did fear his Maker's hand,
That none did love his name.

5 Their tongues are us'd to speak deceit,
Their slanders never cease;

How swift to mischief are their feet,
Nor know the paths of peace!

6 Such seeds of sin, that bitter root,
In every heart are found;
Nor will they bear diviner fruit
Till grace refine the ground.

HYMN 56. C. M.

The Blessings of Nature and Grace.

LET heathens to their idols haste,

And worship wood or stone;

But my delightful lot is cast

Where the true God is known.

2 In this enlighten'd, pleasant land, My happy portion lies;

Where nature's ever-bounteous hand

All human want supplies.

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3 Therefore my soul shall bless the Lord, Whose precepts give me light,

And consolation still afford

In sorrow's dismal night.

4 I strive each action to approve
To thine all-seeing eye;

No danger shall my hope remove,
For thou art ever nigh.

WATTS.

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