Isaac Watts

Hymn 138

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The power of the gospel.

This is the word of truth and love,
Sent to the nations from above;
Jehovah here resolves to show
What his almighty grace can do.

This remedy did wisdom find
To heal diseases of the mind;
This sovereign balm, whose virtues can
Restore the ruined creature, man.

The gospel bids the dead revive,
Sinners obey the voice, and live;
Dry bones are raised and clothed afresh,
And hearts of stone are turned to flesh.

[Where Satan reigned in shades of night
The gospel strikes a heav'nly light;
Our lusts its wondrous power controls,
And calms the rage of angry souls.]

[Lions and beasts of savage name
Put on the nature of the lamb,
While the wild world esteem it strange,
Gaze, and admire, and hate the change.]

May but this grace my soul renew,
Let sinners gaze and hate me too!
The word that saves me does engage
A sure defence from all their rage.

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