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Abuse of the Gospel

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

Too many, Lord, abuse Thy graceIn this licentious day,And while they boast they see Thy face,They turn their own away.

Thy book displays a gracious lightThat can the blind restore;But these are dazzled by the sight,And blinded still the more.

The pardon such presume upon,They do not beg, but steal;And when they plead it at Thy throne,Oh! where's the Spirit's seal?

Was it for this, ye lawless tribe,The dear Redeemer bled?Is this the grace the saints imbibeFrom Christ the living head?

Ah, Lord, we know Thy chosen fewAre fed with heavenly fare;But these,&md;the wretched husks they chew,Proclaim them what they are.

The liberty our hearts implore Is not to live in sin;But still to wait at Wisdom's door,|Till Mercy calls us in.