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HYMNS CONCERNING THE FALLEN CONDITION OF MAN.
78 & 6s. C. Wesley. 1762.
Eccles. vii. 29.
We by our God were made;
And o'er the creature strayed ;
The bliss we lost in one.
Of fancied happiness,
And bid our wanderings cease ,'
And wholly lost in Thee ! 334 (101)
We lie, till Christ restores the light;
And chase the darkness of the mind. 2 Our guilty souls are drowned in tears,
Till His atoning blood appears ;
And sing— The Lord our righteousness.' 3 Jesus beholds where Satan reigns,
Binding his slaves in heavy chains ;
He sets the prisoners free, and breaks
The iron bondage from their necks.
Give our whole selves, O Lord, to Thee ! 335
Fast in his slavish chains.
Sounds from the sacred word :
And trust upon the Lord !”
And runs to this relief:
O help my unbelief !
Incarnate God, I fly :
From sins of deepest dye.
My reigning sins subdue ;
My inmost soul renew.
Into Thy arms I fall ;
My Jesus, and my All.
Describing Formal Religion. 336 (424)
C.M. C. WESLEY. 1740. ONG have I seemed to serve Thee, Lord, U With unavailing pain :
Fasted, and prayed, and read Thy word,
And heard it preached in vain.
And near Thine altar drew;
The power I never knew.
Nor knew its deep design :
And height, of love divine.
Vainly I hoped and strove :
Unless they spring from love ?
Truth in the inward parts;
Our undivided hearts.
Of means an idol made ;
The substance in the shade.
What can my weakness do?
'Tis Thou must make it new.
C.M. C. WESLEY. 1740.
Or at Thy table meet.
I wait to learn Thy will :
And hear Thee say, “Be still !”
'Tis all I live to know ;
3 Thou pleadest in the living stones,
Which pierce our pitying Father's ear;
And triumph in the Comforter.
And Father, Abba, Father cry :
Of pleasures that shall never die. 5 First-fruits of yonder land above, Celestial joy, seraphic love,
To us, to us in Thee are given ;
The ripest happiness of heaven.
323 (111) L.M. 6 lines. C. WESLEY. 1767. SPIRIT of Truth, essential God,
Who didst Thy ancient saints inspire,
And touch their hallowed lips with fire;
World without end, we worship Thee. 2 Still we believe, Almighty Lord,
Whose presence fills both earth and heaven,
Is by Thy inspiration given :
The secret mind of God to man. 3 Come, then, Divine Interpreter,
The Scriptures to our hearts apply ;
And, taught by Thee, we God revere,
Him in Three Persons magnify,
Who was, and is, for evermore. 324
We read Thy name in fairer lines. 2 The rolling sun, the changing light,
And night and day, Thy power confess; But the blest volume Thou hast writ · Reveals Thy justice and Thy grace. 3 Sun, moon, and stars convey Thy praise
Round the whole earth, and never stand ; So when Thy truth began its race,
It touched and glanced on every land. 4 Nor shall Thy spreading gospel rest,
Till through the world Thy truth has run ; Till Christ has all the nations blest,
That see the light or feel the sun. 5 Great Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Bless the dark world with heavenly light : Thy gospel makes the simple wise ;
Thy laws are pure, Thy judgments right. 6 The noblest wonders here we view,
In souls renewed, and sins forgiven :
And make Thy word my guide to heaven. 325 (293) L.M. 6 lines. C. WESLEY. 1762. INSPIRER of the ancient Seers,
Who wrote from Thee the sacred page,
To us, in our degenerate age,