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6 May all my days serenely pass,

Without corroding care; And growing holiness my soul For life's last hour prepare.

340. Wisdom and Virtue sought from God.

1 SUPREME and universal light! Fountain of reason ! Judge of right! Parent of good, whose blessings flow On all above and all below!

2
Assist me, Lord, to act, to be,
What thine all-holy laws decree;
Worthy that intellectual flame
Which from thy breathing spirit came,

3
My moral freedom to maintain,
Bid passion serve, and reason reign,
Self-pois’d and independent still,
On this world's varying good or ill.

4
No slave to profit, shame, or fear,
Oh may my steadfast bosom bear
The stamp of heaven, an honest heart,
Above the mean disguise of art!

5
May my expanded soul disclaim
The narrow view, the selfish aim :
But with a christian zeal embrace
Whate'er is friendly to my race.

6
O Father ! faith and virtue grant ;
No more I wish, no more I want :
'To know, to serve thee, and to love,
Is peace below, is bliss above.

341.
Virtuous Desires.

1
God, who is just and kind,

Will those who err instruct ;
And to the paths of righteousness
Their wandering steps conduct.

2
The humble soul he guides,

Teaches the meek his way ;
Kindness and truth he shows to all
Who his just laws obey.

3
Give me the tender heart,

That mixes fear with love;
And lead me through whatever path
Thy wisdom shall approve.

4
Oh ever keep my soul

From error, shame, and guilt!
Nor suffer the fair hope to fail,
Which on thy truth is built.

342.
Supplication for Spiritual Blessings.

1
Thy searching eye, O Lord, surveys

The secrets of the heart;
Lead me to thee my heart to raise,
And seek the better part.

2
What conscience dictates to be done,

Or warns me not to do, This, tcach me more than death to shun, That, more than life pursue.

3
If I am right, thy grace impart,

Still in the right to stay ;
If I am wrong, oh teach my heart

To find the better way!

4 Teach me to feel another's woe,

To hide the faults I see ; That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.

5
Save me alike from foolish pride

Or impious discontent,
At ought thy wisdom hath denied,
Or ought thy goodness lent.

6
This day be bread and peace my lot;

Yet all beneath the sun,
Thou know'st if best bestow'd or not,
And let thy will be done.

343.
Spiritual Aid implored.

1 O SOURCE of uncreated light, By whom the world was call'd from night! Come, visit every pious mind; And pour thy joys on human kind : From sin and sorrow set us free, And make us temples worthy thee.

2 Chase from our breasts each noxious foe, And peace the fruit of love bestow : Our frailties help, our will control; Submit the senses to the soul ; From sin and sorrow set us free, And make us temples worthy thee.

344. Imploring Divine Guidance. FATHER of light! conduct my feet

Through life's uncertain road : Let each

advancing step still bring Me nearer to my

God,

2
Let sacred prudence be my guide :

And when I go astray,
Recall my feet from folly's path
To wisdom's better way.

3
Teach me in every various scene

To keep the end in sight;
And while I tread life's mazy track,
Let wisdom guide me right.

4
That heavenly wisdom from above,

Abundantly impart;
And let it guard and guide, refine
And animate my heart;

5
Till it shall lead me to thyself,

Fountain of bliss and love!
And all my darkness be dispers'd
In endless light above.

345.
Divine Light Implored.

1
O Thou, whose power o'er moving worlds presides!
Whose voice created and whose wisdom guides !
On darkling man, in pure effulgence shine,
And cheer the clouded mind with light divine.

2 'Tis thine alone to calm the pious breast With silent confidence and holy rest; From thee, Great God, we spring, to thee we tend ; Path, motive, guide, original, and end!

346. For Guardianship and Guidance. O Thou, to whose all-searching sight The darkness shineth as the light ! Search, prove my heart; it pants for thee; Oh burst these bonds, and set it free!

2 If in this darksome wild I stray, Be thou my Light, be thou my Way! No foes, no terrors, shall I fear, Nor fraud, while thou, my God, art near.

3
When rising floods my soul o'erflow,
When sinks my heart in waves of woe,
Do thou thy timely aid impart,
And raise my head, and cheer my heart.

4
My God! whene'er thy steps I see,
Dauntless, untird, I follow thee!
Oh let thy hand support me still,
And lead me to thy holy hill !

5
If rough and thorny be the way,
My strength proportion to my day;
Till toil, and grief, and pain shall cease,
Where all is calm, and joy, and peace.

347.
Morning Hymn.

1
AWAKE, my soul ! and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run ;
Shake off dull sloth, and cheerful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

2
Thy precious time mispent, redeem ;
Each present day, thy last esteem:
Improve thy talents with due care,
And for the judgment-day prepare.

conversation be sincere ; Keep conscience as the noon-tide clear : Think how the all-seeing God, thy ways, And all thy secret thoughts, surveys,

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