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HYMN 27. Second Part. C.M.
Infant Baptism.

  1 THUS saith the mercy of the Lord,
   I'll be a God to thee;
I'll bless thy num'rous race, and they
   Shall be a seed to me.
  2 Abra'm believ'd the promis'd grace,
   And gave his child to God;
But water seals the blessing now
   That once was seal'd with blood.
  3 Jesus the ancient faith confirms,
   To our fore-fathers giv'n;
He takes young children to his arms,
   And calls them heirs of heav'n.
  4 Our God, how faithful are his ways!
   His love endures the same:
Nor from the promise of his grace
   Blots out his childrens' name.
  5 With the same blessings grace endows
   The Gentile and the Jew;
If pure and holy be the root,
   Such are the branches too.
  6 Then let the children of the saints
   Be dedicate to God;
Pour out thy Spirit on them, Lord!
   And wash them in thy blood.
  7 Thus to the parents and their seed
   Shall thy salvation come;
And num'rous households meet at last
   In one eternal home.
  8 Thy faithful saints, eternal King!
   This precious truth embrace:
To thee their infant oftspring bring,
   And humbly claim thy grace.

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HYMN 27. Third Part. L.M.
Baptism is instituted instead of circumcision.

  1 THUS did the sons of Abra'm pass
Beneath the bloody seal of grace;
The young disciples bore the yoke,
Till Christ the painful bondage broke,
  2 By milder ways doth Jesus prove
His Father's cov'nant, and his love;
He seals to saints his glorious grace,
And not forbids their infant race.
  3 Their seed is sprinkled with his blood,
Their children set apart for God;
His Spirit on their offspring shed,
Like water pour'd upon the head.
  4 Let ev'ry saint with cheerful voice
In this large covenant rejoice:
Young children in their early days,
Shall give the God of Abra'm praise.

HYMN 27. Fourth Part. C.M.
Suffer little children to come unto me.

  1 THE Saviour, with inviting voice,
   Says "let your children come:
"For them there's love within my breast,
   "And in my kingdom room."
  2 Lord, at thy call, we bring our babes,
   And give them up to thee;
Let angels, and let men, behold,
   And all our witness be.
  3 Now our dear offspring are baptiz'd
   According to his word:
As Abra'm his did circumcise,
   Obedient to the Lord.
  4 This water, sprinkled on the child,
   Doth a rich emblem shew


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