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7 First-born of many brethren Thou!
To Thee, lo, all our souls we bow :
To Thee our hearts and hands we give.
Thine may we die, Thine may we live.
John Wesley. 1740.
From the German.

379 Christi Blut und Gerechtigkeit. L. M.

1 JEsus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
'Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed,
With joy shall I lift up my head.
2 Bold shall I stand in Thy great Day,
For who aught to my charge shall lay?
Fully through these absolved I am
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.
3 This spotless robe the same appears,
When ruined nature sinks in years:
No age can change its constant hue;
Thy Blood preserves it ever new.
4 0 let the dead now hear Thy voice;
Now bid Thy banished ones rejoice
Their beauty this, their glorious dress,
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness!
John Wesley. 1740.
Tr. Nicholas Louis, Count Zinzendorf. 1739.

380 Continued. L. M.

1 LoRD, I believe Thy precious Blood,
Which at the merey-seat of God
Forever doth for sinners plead,
For me, even for my soul was shed.

2 The holy, meek, unspotted Lamb,
Who from the Father's bosom came,
Who died for me, even me to atone,
Now for my Lord and God I own.

3 Carnal, and sold to sin no more
I am ; hell's tyranny is o'er:
The immortal soul remains within,
And born of God I’m freed from sin.

4 Yet nought whereof to boast I have ;
All, all Thy mercy freely gave :
No works, no righteousness are mine ;
All is Thy work, and only Thine.

5 When from the dust of death I rise,

To claim my mansion in the skies,

Even then this shall be all my plea,
“Jesus hath lived, hath died for me.”

John Wesley. 1740. a.
Tr. Nicholas Louis, Count Zinzendorf. 1739.

381 Ich habe nun den Grundgefunden. L. M.6l.

1 Now I have found the ground wherein
Sure my soul's anchor may remain;
The wounds of Jesus, for my sin
Before the world's foundation slain;
Whose mercy shall unshaken stay,
When heaven and earth are fled away.

2 Father, Thine everlasting grace
Our scanty thought surpasses far:
Thy heart still melts with tenderness,
Thine arms of love still open are,
Returning sinners to receive,
That mercy they may taste, and live.
3 O Love, thou bottomless abyss
My sins are swallowed up in Thee:
Covered is my unrighteousness,
No spot of guilt remains on me:
While Jesus’ Blood, through earth and skies,
Mercy, free, boundless mercy, cries'
John Wesley. 1740.

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1 JESUs, I know, hath died for me;
Here is my hope, my joy, my rest;
Hither, when hell assails, I flee,
I look into my Savior's breast:
Away, sad doubt and anxious fear !
Mercy is all that's written there.

2 Though waves and storms go o'er my head, Though strength, and health, and friends be

gone;
Though joys be withered all and dead,
Though every comfort be withdrawn;
On this my steadfast soul relies,
Father, Thy mercy never dies.

3

Fixed on this ground will I remain,
Though my heart fail and strength decay;
This anchor shall my soul sustain,
When earth's foundations melt away.
Mercy's full power I then shall prove,
Loved with an everlasting Love.

John Wesley. 1740. a.
Tr. John Andrew Rothe. 1731.

PEACE AND JOY. 383 PSALM 32. S. M.

1 O BLEssed souls are they,
Whose sins are covered o'er 1
Divinely blest, to whom the Lord
Imputes their guilt no more!
2 They mourn their follies past,
And keep their hearts with care;
Their lips and lives without deceit
Shall prove their faith sincere.

3 Let sinners learn to pray;
Let saints keep near the throne.
Our help in times of deep distress
Is found in God alone. [Watts. 1719.

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1 THE man is ever blest,
Who shuns the sinner's ways;
Among their counsels never stands,
. Nor takes the scorner's place:

2 But makes the law of God
His study and delight,
Amidst the labors of the day,
And watches of the night.
3 He like a tree shall thrive,
With waters near the root;
Fresh as the leaf, his name shall live;
His works are heavenly fruit.
4 Not so the ungodly race,
They no such blessings find;
Their hopes shall flee like empty chaff
Before the driving wind.
5 How will they bear to stand
Before that judgment-seat,
Where all the saints at Christ's right hand
In full assembly meet?
6 He knows and He approves
The way the righteous go :
But sinners and their works shall meet
A dreadful overthrow. [Watts. 1719.

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1 CoME, ye that love the Lord,
And let your joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
While ye surround His throne.

Let those refuse to sing
Who never knew our God:

But servants of the heavenly King
May speak their joys abroad.

2 The God that rules on high,

That all the earth surveys,

That rides upon the stormy sky,
And calms the roaring seas:
This awful God is ours,
Our Father and our Love: -

He will send down His heavenly powers
To carry us above.

... 3 There we shall see His face,

And never, never sin :

There, from the rivers of His grace,
Drink endless pleasures in.
The men of grace have found
Glory begun below:

Celestial fruit on earthly ground
From faith and hope may grow.

4 The hill of Zion yields

A thousand sacred sweets,

Before we reach the heavenly fields,
Or walk the golden streets.
Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;

We're marching through Emmanuel's ground
To fairer worlds on high. Watts. 1709. a.

386 Proverbs III: 13, 17. C. M.
1 How happy is the man who hears
Instruction's warning voice,
And who celestial wisdom makes
His early, only choice

2 For she has treasures greater far
Than east or west unfold;
And her rewards more precious are
Than all their stores of gold. 277

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