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The Psalms And Hymns Of Isaac Watts by Isaac Watts

HYMN 143 Characters of the children of God. From several scriptures.

C. M.

Characters of the children of God. From several scriptures.

So new-born babes desire the breast,

To feed, and grow, and thrive;

So saints with joy the gospel taste,

And by the gospel live.

[With inward gust their heart approves

All that the word relates;

They love the men their Father loves,

And hate the works he hates.]

[Not all the flatt'ring baits on earth

Can make them slaves to lust;

They can't forget their heav'nly birth,

Nor grovel in the dust.

Not all the chains that tyrants use

Shall bind their souls to vice;

Faith, like a conqueror, can produce

A thousand victories.]

[Grace, like an uncorrupting seed,

Abides and reigns within;

Immortal principles forbid

The sons of God to sin.]

[Not by the terrors of a slave

Do they perform his will,

But with the noblest powers they have

His sweet commands fulfil.]

They find access at every hour

To God within the veil;

Hence they derive a quick'ning power,

And joys that never fail.

O happy souls! O glorious state

Of overflowing grace!

To dwell so near their Father's seat,

And see his lovely face!

Lord, I address thy heav'nly throne;

Call me a child of thine;

Send down the Spirit of thy Son

To form my heart divine.

There shed thy choicest loves abroad,

And make my comforts strong:

Then shall I say, |My Father God!|

With an unwav'ring tongue.

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