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In soothing accents, Jesus said, "Lo it is I! be not afraid.
2 So, when in silence nature sleeps, And his lone watch the mourner keeps, One thought shall every pang remove * Trust, feeble man, thy Maker's love.'
Blest be the voice that breathes from heaven,
399. Confidence in God's Protection in the Dangers
of Duty-Ps. cxxi.
God is the tower
In every hour.
Those wakeful eyes
Thou art my sun,
may I to thee, Lord,
I'll go and come,
400. Reliance on the Goodness of God, u Remesly
1 How gracious is our God!
How kind his precepts are ! •Come, cast your burdens on the Lord, And trust his constant care.'
2 Since he for ever reigns, We may securely dwell;
The hand which bears all nature up,
Oppress the sinking mind ?
4 Devoutly fear his name,
And know no other fear,
1 The Lord can clear the darkest skies;
Can give us day for night; Make drops of sacred sorrow rise To rivers of delight.
Will not deceive our hope :
For saints in darkness here, Shall rise and spring in worlds unknown,
And a rich harvest bear.
Thine ever-watchful eye
Thy hand alone supply.
2 Oh let thy fear within us dwell!
Thy love our footsteps guide! That love shall all vain loves expel ; That fear, all fears beside.
3 And since, by passion's force subdued,
Too oft the stubborn will, Mistaken, shuns the latent good, And grasps the specious ill :
Do thou thy gifts supply ;
His justice, how august!
To feed the barren waste;
Or tips the bolt with flame; His goodness breathes in every breeze, And warms in every beam.
4 He bids distress forget to groan,
The sick from anguish cease ; In dungeons spreads the healing wing,
And softly whispers peace.
5 For me, O Lord, whatever lot,
The hours commission'd bringDo all my withering blessings die, Or fairer clusters spring
6 Oh! grant that still, with grateful heart,
My years resign'd may run :
1 Sam. vii. 12.
Amid the darkest hours,