J N Darby – Unchanging Love – O Lord, Thy love’s unbounded, so sweet, so full, so free

O LORD, Thy love’s unbounded,
So sweet, so full, so free;
My soul is all transported
Whene’er I think of Thee!

J N Darby

O LORD, Thy love’s unbounded,
So sweet, so full, so free;
My soul is all transported
Whene’er I think of Thee!

Yet Lord, alas! what weakness
Within myself I find;
No infant’s changing pleasure
Is like my wandering mind.

And yet Thy love’s unchanging,
And doth recall my heart
To joy in all its brightness,
The peace its beams impart.

Yet sure, if in Thy presence
My soul still constant were,
Mine eye would, more familiar,
Its brighter glories bear;

And thus Thy deep perfections
Much better should I know,
And with adoring fervour
In this Thy nature grow.

Still sweet ’tis to discover,
If clouds have dimmed my sight,
When passed, eternal Lover,
Towards me, as e’er, Thou’rt bright.

Oh guard my soul, then, Jesus,
Abiding still with Thee;
And, if I wander, teach me
Soon back to Thee to flee;

That all Thy gracious favour
May to my soul be known,
And, versed in this Thy goodness,
My hopes Thyself shalt crown

John Nelson Darby (1800-82)

This is in Hymns for the  Little Flock 1962 and 1973 – No 51
Meter 7.6.7.6.

Written 1845

A.P. Cecil – Trembling Soul – Behold Thy Saviour

Sinner, see thy God beside thee,
In a servant’s form come near,
Sitting, walking, talking with thee!
Sinai’s mount no longer fear.

 A P Cecil
A P Cecil

By A. P. Cecil (1841-1889)

Meter: 8.7.8.7.

Trembling soul, behold thy Saviour,
Seated on the Father’s throne;
Object of God’s highest favor,
See Him, God’s beloved Son!

Once on earth in Bethlehem’s manger,
As a holy Babe, He lay;
God come down, a heav’nly Stranger,
Love to sinners to display.

Sinner, see thy God beside thee,
In a servant’s form come near,
Sitting, walking, talking with thee!
Sinai’s mount no longer fear.

Onward still to Calv’ry moving,
Onward still He treads His way,
God the Father’s will fulfilling,
Love to sinners to display.

Hearken to the wondrous story
Jesus died and rose for thee;
God in heav’n now waits to save thee,
And, believing, thou art free.

From Little Flock Hymn Book No 112

J N Darby – The Road – It is not with Uncertain Step, We tread our desert way

It is not with uncertain step
We tread our desert way;
A well-known voice has called us up
To everlasting day –

C.M.
1 It is not with uncertain step
We tread our desert way;
A well-known voice has called us up
To everlasting day –
2 The voice of Him who here has trod
Alone the trackless way
(And marked the road which leads to God)
Where once we, lost, did stray.
3 He leaves us not alone to trace
Our path across this waste;
But leads us still with living grace,
Homeward, whereto we haste.
4 See! open stands the heav’nly door,
Whence glory shines below,
To light the way He’s gone before,
The coming bliss to show.
5 In patience then we tread the road –
Our faith and courage tried–
And trust the love that bears each load,
Our hearts from grief to hide.

John Nelson Darby (1800-82)

Little Flock Hymn Book (1961/1973) No 411

Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs 1978 No 101