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I look within, to see if aught
1 O LORD! my best desires fulfil,
And help me to resign Life, health, and comfort to thy will, And make thy pleasure mine.
2 Why should I shrink at thy command,
Whose love forbids my fears : Or tremble at the gracious hand, That wipes away my tears ?
3 No, let me rather freely yield
What most I prize to thee, Who never hast a good withheld, Nor wilt withhold from me.
4 Wisdom and mercy guide thy way;
Shall I resist them both ? Short-sighted creature of a day,
And crush'd before the moth!
Still bind me to thy sway ;
The remnant of my days ;
Vid this weak frame sustain,
3 Thou, when the pains of death were felt,
Didst chase all slavish fear; And well my soul could bear those pains, When thou, my help, wast near.
I knew thy time was best ;
I did myself resign;
At thy command I come ;
To my celestial home.
7 Where thou appointest my abode,
There would I choose to be; For in thy presence death is life, And earth is heaven with thee.
436. Benefit of Afflictions and Support of them.
1 LORD! I have found 'tis good for me
To bear a Father's rod; Afflictions make me learn thy law, And live upon my God.
When new distress begins;
When earthly joys were Aed, My soul, oppress’d with sorrow's weight, Had sunk among the dead.
4 I know thy judgments, Lord, are right,
'Though they may seem severe; The sharpest sufferings I endure Flow from thy faithful care.
My feet were apt to stray ;
Behold the pains I feel;
But I am dumb before thy throne,
They come at thy command :
We moulder to the dust;
As all my fathers were ;
Before my last remove,
438. The Hope of Heaven our Support under Trials
To mansions in the skies,
And all its darts be hurl'd ; Still might I fearless see its rage,
And face a frowning world.
Though cares like a wild deluge come,
And storms of sorrow fall;
May 1 but safely reach my home,
Shalt find eternal rest;
Across my peaceful breast.