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The Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1889085
How Sweetly Flowed the Gospel’s SoundSir John Bowring (1792-1872)

Hymn NumberTuneComposer or SourceMeter
085StaincliffeRobert W. Dixon (1750-1825)Long Meter (8.8.8.8.)

1How sweetly flowed the gospel’s sound
From lips of gentleness and grace;
When listening thousands gathered round,
And joy and reverence filled the place!
2From heaven He came, of heaven He spoke,
To heaven He led His followers’ way;
Dark clouds of gloomy night He broke,
Unveiling an immortal day.
3‘Come, wanderers, to my Father’s home,
Come, all ye weary ones, and rest.’
Yes! Gracious Savior, we will come,
Obey Thee, love Thee, and be blest.
4Decay, then tenements of dust!
Pillars of earthly pride, decay!
A nobler mansion waits the just,
And Jesus has prepared the way.
Psalm18:1,21 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Ezekiel37:1-101 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
Matthew5:1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Matthew11:28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew11:28-3028 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Luke5:15But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.
Luke12:1In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Luke15:18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
John7:46The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
John21:17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Colossians1:15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
1 Peter1:8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1 Peter2:7Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
Revelation1:5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

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