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2. Yet void of art or toil it
grows, Looks bright, and lives its transient hour: Then, man, forget thy earth-born woes; The hand that made preserves the flower.
The sunshine of prosperous days
3. In youth, the bright morning of life, She consecrates all to her God; And in manhood's temptations and strife Sweet peace makes her breast its abode : She sees the dark season come on, With a temper composed and resign'd; When earthly delights are all flown, In heaven her reward she shall find.
273. C. M.
Abides for ever sure,
My happiness secure.
My father art become;
For all that will is love; And when I know not what thou dost, I wait the light above.
4. Thy covenant, in the darkest gloom,
Shall heavenly rays impart,
274. C. M.
The wise, the righteous God: Our souls in meek submission bow Beneath his chastening rod.
Or sinks them to the grave:
Let each impatient sigh
And every murmur die.
4. If smiling mercy crown our lives,
Its praises shall be spread; And we'll adore the justice too That strikes our comforts dead.
275. C. M. Submission to Divine Providence.
And help me to resign
2. Why should I shrink at thy command,
Whose love forbids my fears ; Or tremble at the gracious hand That wipes away my tears?
3. No: rather let me freely yield
What most I prize to thee, Who never hast a good withheld, : Or wilt withhold, from me.
4. Wisdom and mercy guide my way;
Shall I resist them both ? Short-sighted creature of a day, And crush'd before the moth!
5. But ah! my inward spirit cries,
Still bind me to thy sway; Else the next cloud that veils the skies
Drives all these thoughts away.
276. L. M.
2. “But if these pangs must still be borne, “Or helpless man be left forlorn, “I bow my soul before thy throne, “And say, Thy will, not mine, be done!”
3. Thus our submissive souls would bow, And, taught by Jesus, lie as low; Our hearts, and not our lips alone, Would say, Thy will, not ours, be done !
277. L. M. J. TAYLOR. Obedience enforced by the example of Christ.
1. “Not as I will,” the Saviour said, And bow'd his agonizing head: Bade nature's bleeding throbs be still, Obedient to his Father's will.
2. O great example! stronger far Than precept drawn with soundest care : Its power shall bend the rebel mind, And make the proudest soul resign'd.