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“Charity never faileth.” 1 Cor. 13. 8, 13; 16. 14

J. Hart   S.M.

1
Faith in the bleeding Lamb,
O what a gift is this!
Hope of salvation in his name,
How comfortable ’tis!

2
[Knowledge of what is right,
How God is satisfied,
A foe received a favourite,
An alien made a child;

3
Blessings, my friends, like these,
Are very, very great;
But soon they every one must cease,
Nor are they now complete.

4
Faith will to bliss give place;
In sight we hope shall lose;
For who needs trust for things he has,
Or hope for what he views?

5
The little too that’s known,
Which, children-like, we boast,
Will fade, like glow-worms in the sun,
Or drops in ocean lost.]

6
But love shall still remain,
Its glories cannot cease,
No other change shall that sustain,
Save only to increase.

7
Of all that God bestows,
In earth or heaven above,
The best gift saint or angel knows,
Or e’er will know, is love.

8
[Love all defects supplies,
Makes great obstructions small;
’Tis prayer, ’tis praise, ’tis sacrifice,
’Tis holiness, ’tis all!]

9
Descend, celestial Dove,
With Jesus’ flock abide;
Give us that best of blessings, love,
Whate’er we want beside.