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HYMN 34 PART 1

L. M.

The gospel the power of God to salvation. Rom. 1:16.

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What shall the dying sinner do

That seeks relief for all his woe?

Where shall the guilty conscience find

Ease for the torment of the mind?

How shall we get our crimes forgiv'n?

Or form our natures fit for heav'n?

Can souls all o'er defiled with sin

Make their own powers and passions clean?

In vain we search, in vain we try,

Till Jesus brings his gospel nigh;

'Tis there such power and glory dwell

As save rebellious souls from hell.

This is the pillar of our hope

That bears our fainting spirits up:

We read the grace, we trust the word,

And find salvation in the Lord.

Let men or angels dig the mines,

Where nature's golden treasure shines;

Brought near the doctrine of the cross,

All nature's gold appears but dross.

Should vile blasphemers with disdain

Pronounce the truths of Jesus vain,

I'll meet the scandal and the shame,

And sing and triumph in his name.

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