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HYMN 21

L. M.

A song of praise to God the Redeemer.

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Let the old heathens tune their song

Of great Diana and of Jove;

But the sweet theme that moves my tongue

Is my Redeemer and his love.

Behold, a God descends and dies

To save my soul from gaping hell:

How the black gulf where Satan lies

Yawned to receive me when I fell!

How justice frowned, and vengeance stood

To drive me down to endless pain!

But the great Son proposed his blood,

And heav'nly wrath grew mild again.

Infinite Lover! gracious Lord!

To thee be endless honors giv'n;

Thy wondrous name shall be adored

Round the wide earth and wider heav'n.

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