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The Covenant

Olney Hymns, by William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

Ezekiel 36:25-8

The Lord proclaims His grace abroad!"Behold, I change your hearts of stone;Each shall renounce his idol-god,And serve, henceforth, the Lord alone.

"My grace, a flowing stream, proceedsTo wash your filthiness away;Ye shall abhor your former deeds,And learn my statutes to obey.

"My truth the great design ensures,I give myself away to you;You shall be mine, I will be yours,Your God unalterably true.

"Yet not unsought, or unimplored,The plenteous grace I shall confer;No&md;your whole hearts shall seek the Lord,I'll put a praying spirit there.

"From the first breath of life divineDown to the last expiring hour,The gracious work shall all be mine,Begun and ended in my power."