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SermonIndex.net : Christian Books : 289. 9 & 4s. M. Bowring. The Spirit Giveth Life.

Book Of Hymns For Public And Private Devotion by Various

289. 9 & 4s. M. Bowring. The Spirit Giveth Life.

1 'Tis not the gift, but 'tis the spirit
With which 'tis given,
That on the gift confers a merit,
As seen by Heaven.

2 'Tis not the prayer, however boldly
It strikes the ear;
It mounts in vain, it falls but coldly
If not sincere.

3 'Tis not the deeds the loudest lauded
That brightest shine;
There's many a virtue unapplauded,
And yet divine.

4 'Tis not the word that sounds the sweetest
That's soonest heard;
A sigh, when humbled thou retreatest,
May be preferred.

5 The outward show may be delusive, --
A cheating name;
The inner spirit is conclusive
Of worth or shame.

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