By Thee, O God, invited

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By Thee, O God, invited,
  We look unto the Son,
In whom Thy heart delighted,
  Who all Thy will hath done;
And by the one chief treasure
  Thy bosom freely gave,
Thine own pure love we measure,
  Thy willing mind to save.
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O God of mercy—Father!
  The one unchanging claim,
The brightest hopes, we gather
  From Christ’s most precious name:
What always sounds so sweetly
  In Thine unwearied ear,
Has freed our souls completely
  From all our guilt and fear.
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The trembling sinner feareth
  That God can ne’er forget;
But one full payment cleareth
  His memory of all debt.
When nought beside could free us,
  Or set our souls at large,
The death of God’s Beloved
  Secured a full discharge.
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No wrath God’s heart retaineth
  To usward who believe;
No dread in ours remaineth
  As we His love receive;
Returning sons He kisses,
  And with His robe invests;
His perfect love dismisses
  All terror from our breasts.
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A Sister

Beijing, China

Thank You Father for loving me and freeing my soul completely!


Ana Lara

United States

Mary Bowley ( Mrs. John Peters) 1813-1853.

Mary wrote a variety of spiritual hymns. She was born in Cirencester, Gloucester, England, April 17, 1813. She was married around 1830 to John McWilliam Peters who was a Vicar at Langford, Berkshire, England. He died in 1834 and left her a widow at age 21. She wrote words to express her sorrow as this hymn shows:

“Through the love of God our Savior

All will be well;

Free and changeless in his favour,

All is well. ”

In all she wrote 58 hymns and Mr. G. V. Wigram when he compiled “A Few Hymns and Some Spiritual Songs” in 1856 held them in such high esteem that he included 20 of her hymns.

Mary’s early widowhood made her feel more the emptiness of the things of this world:

“We’re pilgrims in the wilderness;

Our dwelling place is a camp. ”

There is no sadness in in these words, but just the opposite, she looked to the time when at He Lord’s return we would meet together with Him. She also wrote a history which is out of print, in which she traced the hand of God in all the great events of the world up to the time when Queen Victoria assumed the throne of England (1837).

She died on July 29, 1856 at the age of 43. Mary penned these lines which later became her experience of going to be with the Lord:

“Unseen we love Thee;

Thy dear name;

But when our eyes behold,

With joyful wonder we’ll exclaim

The half had not been told.

How happy we who know Thy name,

And trust Thy faithful Word! ”

Three of Mary Bowley’s hymns were selected to be part of this hymnal: 42, 71 and 216.