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My humble worship paid,
To thee my soul shall soar ; While grateful praise, and fervent prayer, Employ the silent hour.
The day shall close in peace;
The falling of a tear,
That infant lips can try ;
Returning from his ways ;
And cry, 'Behold he prays.'
The christian's native air ;
3 Be earth, with all her scenes, withdrawn; Let noise and vanity be gone ; In secret silence of the mind, My heaven, and there my God, I find.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.
From strife and tumult far,
With prayer and praise agree ; And seem by thy sweet bounty made
For those who follow thee.
And grace her mean abode,
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
Then with the visits of thy love
Worldly Anxiety reprehended.
This sordid gain, I leave,
289. Professions of Sincerity, Repentance, and
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.
I set before mine eyes;
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 ;
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,