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For what are all thine anxious cares,
For what, when roars the wind, thy fears
When bursting clouds and furious waves contend,
Thy bark rich-freighted all engulft descend?
Fraught with disease tomorrow comes
From treasured heaps and splendid domes
The dream is o'er: then kiss the chastening
That points the road to virtue and to God.
Seek thou, my soul, a nobler wealth
Content and peace, the mind's best health,
And deeds benevolent, and prayer and praise, And deep submission to heaven's righteous
266. c. M.
FORSAKE, my soul, the tents of sin;
Peace never fix'd her sacred throne
The men who keep the laws of God
His mighty power shall guard the just,
Begin, ye saints, the joyful task;
267. L. M.
WHILE Some in folly's pleasures roll,
That friend who never fails the just,
With this companion in the shade
Though heaven afflict, I'll not repine; The noblest comforts still are mine; Comforts which shall o'er death prevail, And journey with me through the vale.
Amidst the various scenes of ills, Each stroke some kind design fulfills ; And shall I murmur at my God When sovereign love directs the rod?
His hand will smooth my rugged way,
268. c. M. MERRICK.
AUTHOR of good! to thee I turn;
O let thy fear within me dwell,
Not to my wish, but to my want,
269. c. M.
JEHOVAH, 'tis a glorious name,
What though our mortal comforts fade,
My cares, I give you to the wind,
270. S. M. J. TAYLOR. Christian trial and confidence.
LIFE is a chequer'd road, Where mingle thorns and flowers; Fair smiles the morn, in beauty drest, But ah! the evening lowers.
Smooth ebbs the slumbering wave, We tempt the briny way; But darkening skies and rising winds Our sinking hearts dismay.
"O ye of little faith,"
Why droop your hearts with fear? Though thousand dangers press around, Your Father's arm is near.
To try your wavering souls Temptation spreads its toils; But wisdom nor defies its power, Nor trusts in treacherous smiles. 5.
She puts her armour on,
271. L. M. DRENNAN. Against despondency and fear. [Matt. vi. 28.]
BEHOLD the lily's silken vest,