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There shall that piercing eye survey

My humble worship paid,
With every morning's dawning ray,
And every evening's shade.

3
I'll leave behind each earthly care ;

To thee my soul shall soar ; While grateful praise, and fervent prayer, Employ the silent hour.

4
So shall the sun in smiles arise,

The day shall close in peace;
So wilt thou train me for the skies,
Where joy shall never cease.

284.
Prayer.

1
PRAYER is the soul's sincere desire,
Utter'd, or unexpress'd

;
The motion of a hidden fire,
That trembles in the breast.

2
Prayer is the burden of a sigh,

The falling of a tear,
The upward glancing of an eye,
When none but God is near.

3
Prayer is the simplest form of speech,

That infant lips can try ;
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.

4
Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,

Returning from his ways ;
While angels in their songs rejoice,

And cry, 'Behold he prays.'

5
Prayer is the christian's vital breath,

The christian's native air ;
His watchword at the gates of death :
He enters heaven with prayer.

285.
Religious Retirement.

1
My God! permit me not to be
A stranger to myself and thee :
Amidst a thousand thoughts I rove,
Forgetful of my highest love.

2
Call me away from flesh and sense ;
Thy sovereign word can draw me thence;
I would obey thy voice divine,
And all inferior joys resign.

3 Be earth, with all her scenes, withdrawn; Let noise and vanity be gone ; In secret silence of the mind, My heaven, and there my God, I find.

286. Religious Retirement.

1
Far from the world, O Lord, I flee;

From strife and tumult far,
From scenes where sin is waging still
Its most successful war.

2
The calm retreat, the silent shade,

With prayer and praise agree ; And seem by thy sweet bounty made

For those who follow thee.

3
There, if thy spirit touch the soul,

And grace her mean abode,
Oh with what peace, and joy, and love,
She communes with her God!

4
Author and Guardian of my life,

Thou Source of light divine, And all harmonious names in one, My Father-thou art mine!

5 What thanks I owe thee! and what love!

A vast and boundless store
Shall echo through the realms above,
When time shall be no more !

287.
Communing with the Heart.

1
RETURN, my roving heart, return, .
And chase earth's fleeting joys no more ;
Seek out some solitude, to mourn,
And thy forsaken God implore.

2
Wisdom and pleasure dwell at home,
Retir'd and silent; seek them there :
True conquest, is ourselves to o'ercome;
True strength, to break the tempter's snare.

3
And thou, my God, whose piercing eye
Distinct surveys each dark recess!
In these abstracted hours draw nigh;
And with thy presence fill the place.

4
Through all the mazes of my heart,
My search let heavenly wisdom guide ;
And still its radiant beams impart,
"Till all be search'd and purified,

Then with the visits of thy love
Vouchsafe my inmost soul to cheer ;
"Till every grace shall join to prove
That God hath fix'd his dwelling there.

288.

Worldly Anxiety reprehended.

1
Oh! why should I perplex
My life with fruitless care ;
With fears and hopes, which idly vex,
And oft the heart ensnare ?

2
Can anxious thoughts increase
My days' appointed sum !
Why waste I then my health and peace,
To hoard for years to come ?

3
To him, these low desires,

This sordid gain, I leave,
Who to no higher good aspires
Than what this world can give.

4
Then let to-morrow's cares
Until to-morrow stay ;
The trouble which to-day prepares,
Suffices for to-day.

289. Professions of Sincerity, Repentance, and

Obedience.

1 Thou art my portion, O my God!

Soon as I know thy way, My heart makes haste to obey thy word,

And suffers no delay.

2 I choose the path of heavenly truth,

And glory in my choice ; Not all the riches of the earth Could make me so rejoice.

3
The testimonies of thy grace

I set before mine eyes;
Thence I derive my daily strength,
And there my comfort lies.

4 Whene'er I've wander'd from thy path,

I think upon my ways; Then turn my feet to thy commands, And trust thy pardoning grace.

5 Now I am thine, for ever thine ;

Oh save thy servant, Lord ! Thou art my shield, my hiding-place ; My hope is in thy word.

6 Thou hast inclin'd this heart of mine

Thy statutes to fulfil ;
And thus, till mortal life shall end,
Would I perform thy will.

290.
Religious Reverence and Obedience,

1 With ardour I'll thy favour seek;

Oh let me never stray From thy commands, O God of love! Nor tread the sinner's way.

2 Thy word I'll store within my heart,

To keep my mind serene, And be an everlasting guard

From every rising sin,

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