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210. The Fall of the Leaf. Isaiah xxxiv. 4. (P. M.)
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SEE the leaves around us falling,

Dry and wither'd, to the ground:
Thus to thoughtless mortals calling,

In a sad and solemn sound :
“ Sons of Adam, (once in Eden,

“ When like us, he blighted fell,)
“ Hear the lecture we are reading,

“ "Tis, alas, the truth we tell. 2 “ Virgins, much,-too much presuming,

On your boasted white and red; “ View us late in beanty blooming,

“ Number'd now among the dead : “ Youths, though vet no losses grieve you,

Gay in health, and many a grace ; “ Let not cloudless skies deceive you,

“ Summer gives to autumn place. 3“ Yearly in our course returning,

Messengers of shortest stay;
“ Thus we preach this truth concerning,

“ Heaven and earth shall pass away.
On the tree of life eternal,

Man, let all thy hopes be staid ;
Which alone for ever vernal,

Bears a leaf that shall not fade.

211. We all do fade as a Leaf. Isaiah lxiv. 6. (P. M.)
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CAN
MAN I view the pleasing season,

Now in autumn to expire ;
And not find another reason,
Works so glorious to admire!

Great Creator, may I ever,
While I see thy works, adore ;
Thee from nature never sever,

Know my God by nature more! 2 Will not nature's fading foliage,

Talk to me in strains divine :
Tell me of my youth, and old age,
Every fading leaf a line:
In the book of nature placed,
Useful lessons to impart ;
Here
may

truths be ever traced, That will fix and teach the heart. 3 Let all nature's glories vanish,

Let her beauties swift decay;
Jesus,-all my gloom shall banish,
Jesus,--all my fears allay !
Fade I must,--but Christ resplendant,
Must by right for ever shine;
"Tis on him that I'm dependant,
Faith can call his glories mine!

WINTER.

212. Winter. (C. M.) 1

TERN winter tbrows his icy chains,

Encircling nature round,
How bleak, how comfortless the plains !
Late
gay

with verdure crown'd.
2 The sun withdraws his vital beams,

And light and warmth depart,
And drooping, lifeless nature seems

An emblem of my heart.

3 But if my soul's bright sun impart

His all enlivening smile,
The vital ray shall cheer my heart,

Till then a frozen soil.
4 Then faith, and hope, and love, shall rise,

Renew'd to lively bloom,
And breathe accepted to the skies,

Their humble sweet perfume.
5 Return, O blissful sun, and bring,

Thy soul-reviving ray;
This mental winter shall be spring,

This darkness, cheerful day.
6 But while to this low world confin'd,

Where changeful seasons roll,
My blooming pleasures will decline,

And winter pain my soul. 7 O happy state, divine abode,

Where spring eternal reigns,
And perfect day, the smile of God,

Fills all the heavenly plains.

213.

The same. (L. M.) 1

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VEE how rode winter's icy hand,

Has stript the trees, and seal’d the ground!
But spring shall soon his rage withstand,

And spread new beauties all around. 2 My soul a sharper winter mourns,

Barren and frnitless I remain;
When will the gentle spring return,
And bid my graces grow again.

3 Jesus, my glorious sun, arise!

"Tis thine the frozen heart to move;
O! hush these storms, and clear my skies,

And let me feel thy vital love!
4 Dear Lord, regard my feeble cry,

I faint and droop till thou appear;
Wilt thou permit thy plant to die?

Must it be winter all the year?
5 Be still, my soul, and wait this hour,

With humble prayer, and patient faith;
Till he reveals his gracious power,

Repose on what his promise saith.
6 He, by whose all-commanding word,

Seasons their changing course maintain,
In every change a pledge affords,

That none shall seek his face in vain. 214. Jesus seen in the Seasons ; or, I will praise the

Lord at all Times. (P. M.)
INTER has a joy

While the Saviour's charms I read,
Lowly, meek, from blemish free,

In the snow-drop's pensive head. 2 Spring returns,' and brings along

Life-invigorating suns :
Hark! the turtle's plaintive song,

Seems to speak his dying groans ! 3 Summer has a thousand charms,

All expressive of his worth ;
"Tis his sun that lights and warms,
His the air that cools the earth.

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4 What, has autumn left to say,

Nothing of a Saviour's grace ;
Yes, the beams of milder day,

Tell me of his smiling face.
5 Light appears with early dawn;

While the sun makes haste to rise,
See his bleeding beauties drawn,

On the blushes of the skies. 6 Evening with a silent pace,

Slowly moving in the west,
Shows an emblem of his

grace,
Points to an eternal rest.

THE RIGHT IMPROVEMENT OF LIFE,

WITH ITS REVIEW, &c.

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215.

Life the Day of Grace and Hope.

Eccl. ix. 4, 5, 6, 10. (L. M.)
IFE is the time to serve the Lord,

The time to insure the great reward;
And while the lamp holds out to burn,

The vilest sinner may return.
2 Life is the hour that God has giv'n,

To 'scape from hell and fly to heav'n,
The day of grace, and mortals may,

Secure the blessings of the day.
3 The living know that they must die,

But all the dead forgotten lie,
Their memory and their sense is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.

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