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HYMN 26. First Part. L.M.
Baptism. (cont.)

  2 And sends his cov'nant, with the seals,
To bless the distant heathen lands.
  3 Repent and be baptized, he saith,
For the remission of your sins;
And thus our sense assists our faith,
And shows us what his gospel means.
  4 Our souls he washes in his blood,
As water makes the body clean;
And the good Spirit of our God
Descends like purifying rain.
  5 Thus we engage ourselves to thee,
And seal our cov'nant with the Lord;
O may the great eternal Three
In heav'n our solemn vows record!

HYMN 26. Second Part. C.M.
Improvement of Baptism.

  1 ATTEND, ye children of your God;
   Ye heirs of glory hear:
For accents, so divine as these,
   Might charm the dullest ear.
  2 Baptiz'd into your Saviour's death,
   Your souls to sin must die;
With Christ your Lord, ye live anew,
   With Christ ascend on high.
  3 There by his Father's side he sits,
   Enthron'd divinely fair;
Yet owns himself your Brother still,
   And your Forerunner there.
  4 Rise from these earthly trifles, rise
   On wings of faith and love;
Above your choicest treasure lies,
   And be your hearts above.
  5 But earth and sin will drag us down,
When we attempt to fly:

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HYMN 26. Second Part. C.M.
Improvement of Baptism. (cont.)

  5 Lord, send thy strong attractive pow'r
To raise and fix us high.

HYMN 27. First Part. C.M.
Baptism is not Regeneration.

  1 THE sacraments are holy signs
   And precious gospel seals;
They 'xhibit what the Lord designs,
   And what his word reveals.
  2 But these are not themselves the grace,
   Which signs and seals set forth;
The supper's not the sacrifice,
   Nor water the new birth.
  3 The sacraments were never meant
   A substitute for grace;
They're not the truths they represent,
   Nor must they take their place.
  4 Sinners may publicly profess,
   And signs and seals receive,
Of what they never did possess,
   Or what they don't believe.
  5 Man may baptize, but 'tis the Lord
   Regenerates the heart;
None but the Spirit, by his word,
   That blessing can impart.
  6 Preserve us, Lord, from self-deceit,
   From resting on a sign;
Bestow what symbols indicate,
   And give us life divine.
  7 Let none who preach the gospel hide
   This solemn truth from men:
They may with water be baptiz'd,
   Yet not be bom again.


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