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HYMN CIX.

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James Montgomery

The Communion of Saints.--Heb. xii. 18-26.

Not to the Mount that burn'd with fire,

To darkness, tempest, and the sound

Of trumpet sounding higher and higher,

Nor voice of words that rent the ground,

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While Israel heard with trembling awe

Jehovah thunder forth His law:--

But to Mount Zion we are come,

The city of the living God,

Jerusalem our heavenly home,

The courts by angel-legions trod;

Where meet in everlasting love

The Church of the first-born above:--

To God, the judge of quick and dead,

The perfect spirits of the just,

Jesus, our great new covenant Head,

The blood of sprinkling,--from the dust,

That better things than Abel's cries,

And pleads a Saviour's sacrifice.

O hearken to the healing voice,

That speaks from heaven, in tones so mild;

To-day, are life and death our choice;

To-day, through mercy reconciled,

Our all to God we yet may give;

Now let us hear His voice, and live.

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