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God's perfect law converts the soul




God's perfect law converts the soul,
reclaims from false desires;
With sacred wisdom his sure word
the ignorant inspires.


The statutes of the Lord are just,
and bring sincere delight;
His pure commands, in search of truth,
assist the feeblest sight.


His perfect worship here is fixed,
on sure foundations laid;
His equal laws are in the scales
of truth and justice weighed.


Of more esteem than golden mines,
or gold refined with skill;
More sweet than honey, or the drops
that from the comb distil.


My trusty counselors they are,
and friendly warnings give;
Divine rewards attend on those
who by thy precepts live.


But what frail man observes how oft
he does from virtue fall?
O cleanse me from my secret faults,
thou God that know'st them all.


Let no presumptuous sin, O Lord,
dominion have o'er me;
That, by thy grace preserved, I may
the great transgression flee.


So shall my pray'r and praises be
with thy acceptance blest;
And I, secure on thy defense,
my strength and Savior, rest.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1821
      Bible Refs: Ps 19:7-14;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1851# 184
      1821# 19
      MUSIC
      Name: MARTYRDOM
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1800, c1885
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