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LET the beasts their breath resign,

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      8-7s. The same subject.
      1 LET the beasts their breath resign,
      Strangers to the life divine;
      Who their God can never know,
      Let their spirit downward go.
      You for higher ends were born,
      You may all to God return,
      Dwell with him above the sky;
      Why will you for ever die?

      2 You, on whom he favours showers,
      You, possest of nobler powers,
      You, of reason's powers possest,
      You, with will and memory blest,
      You, with finer sense endued,
      Creatures capable of God;
      Noblest of his creatures, why,
      Why will you for ever die?

      3 You, whom he ordained to be
      Transcripts of the Deity;
      You, whom he in life doth hold;
      You, for whom himself was sold;
      You, on whom he still doth wait,
      Whom he would again create;
      Made by him, and purchased, why,
      Why will you for ever die?

      4 You, who own his record true,
      You, his chosen people, you,
      You, who call the Saviour Lord,
      You, who read his written word,
      You, who see the gospel-light,
      Claim a crown in Jesu's right;
      Why will you, ye Christians, why
      Will the house of Israel die?

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