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And all its scenes appear

Like relics of a dream!
Spent are its griefs, its joys are flown,
And memory holds their trace alone!

2
Frail, fleeting life! how soon
May thy probation close ;
And they who prize thee most,

In the still grave repose !
Thy joys are brief—they cannot last ;
And change comes o'er thy seasons fast.

3
Then pause, my soul, and trace
Time's progress, and thine own:
Shall earth thy cares engage,
When better things are known ?
Oh! fix thy love on heavenly bliss :
All other good shall fail but this.

4
Yes ! let thy zeal be strong,
Life's purpose to fulfil ;
And work, with all thy powers,

Thy righteous Father's will :
So shall thy deeds be truly blest,
And death conduct to endless rest.

448. Preparation for Death, by a Life of Duty.

1
None can evade the stroke of death :
Lord ! help me to surmount the fear ;
That, when I must resign my breath,
I may in peace the summons hear.

2 'Tis sin gives venom to the dart ; In me let every sin be slain ; From secret faults, oh! cleanse my heart ; From wilful sins, my hands restrain.

3
Grant that I may, with holy zeal,
The ends of living, close pursue ;
Seek thy whole pleasure to fulfil ;
And honour thee in all I do.

4
May I to Jesus lift mine eyes,
Once dead, but now enthron'd on high ;
Glorious like him I hope to rise,
Why should I fear like him to die !

5
Faith's radiant beams shall chase the gloom ;
Thick hanging o'er the vale of death ;
Undaunted I'll survey the tomb,
And, as a victor, yield my breath.

449. Serious Reflections on the Uncertainty of Life.

1 ETERNAL bliss, and lasting woe, Hang on this span of life below,

This short uncertain breath : My heavenly Father only knows Whether another day shall close, Ere I expire in death.

2
Before thy throne, great God! I bow;
And in these solemn moments, now

Would learn my real state :
While life, and health, and time endure,
May I thy pardoning grace secure,
Before it be too late.

3
If in destruction's road I stray,
Teach me to choose that better way

Which leads to joys on high : My soul renew, my sins forgive ; Nor let me ever dare to live,

Such as I dare not die,

450. The Service of God the true Aim of Life, and the

Support in Death

1
My gracious Lord ! I own thy right
To every service I can pay;
And call it my supreme delight,
To hear thy dictates and obey.

2
What is my being, but for thee-
Its sure support, its noblest end!
Oh may I e'er thy presence see,
And serve the cause of such a Friend !

3
I would not breathe for worldly joy,
Or to increase my worldly good;
Nor future days or powers employ,
To spread a sounding name abroad.

4
Thy work my hoary age shall bless,
When youthful vigour is no more :
And my last hour of life confess
Thy love hath animating power.

451.
Prospects of the real Christian.

1
LORD! I am thine ; but thou wilt prove
My faith, my patience, and my love;
Whate'er my trials, I would see
Thy hand in all, and bow to thee.

2
The sinner's portion I resign :
Lord ! 'tis enough if thou art mine :
I shall behold thy blissful face,
And stand complete in righteousness.

my

God;

3
This life's a dream, an empty show ;
But the bright world to which I go
Hath joys substantial and sincere :
When shall I wake, and find me there !

4
O glorious hour! O blest abode!
I shall be near and like
And flesh and sin no more control
The sacred pleasures of the soul.

5
My flesh shall slumber in the ground,
Till the last trumpet's joyful sound ;
Then burst the chains with sweet surprise,
And in my Saviour's likeness rise.

452.
Old Age anticipated.

1
When in the vale of lengthen'd years

My feeble feet shall tread,
And I survey the various scenes
Through which I have been led ;

2
How many mercies will my life,

Before my view unfold !
What countless dangers will be past !
What tales of sorrow told !

3
But oh! my soul, if thou canst say,

I've seen my God in all ;
In every trouble own'd his hand,
In every gift his call :

4
If piety has mark'd my steps,

And love my actions forni'd ; And purity possess'd my heart,

And truth my lips adorn'd:

5
If I an aged servant am

Of Jesus and of God,
I need not fear the closing scene,
Nor dread the appointed road.

6
This scene will all my labours end ;

This road conduct on high : With comfort I'll review the past, And triumph, though I die.

453. The Christian's Reflection and Hope. My God, my everlasting Hope !

I live upon thy truth; Thy hands have held

my childhood up, And strengthen'd all my youth.

2 My frame was fashion'd by thy power,

And shows thy skill divine; My all I owe to thy command ; I am entirely thine.

3 Still has my life new wonders seen,

In each revolving year ; Behold my days that yet remain, I trust them to thy care.

4
Cast me not off when strength declines,

When hoary hairs arise ;
And round me let thy glory shine,
Whene'er thy servant dies.

454. God's gracious Guidance sought in Life and in

Death.

1 Be thou my Shepherd, gracious Lord ! My wants shall then be well supplied ;

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