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2.
Who among men, high Lord of all,
Thy servant to his bar shall call,
For modes of faith judge him a foe,
And doom him to the realms of woe?

3.
Who with another's eye can read,
Or worship by another's creed?
Revering thy commands alone,
We humbly seek, and use our own.

4.
If wrong, forgive ; approve, if right;
While faithful we obey our light,
And, censuring none, are zealous still
To follow as to learn thy will.

5.
When shall our happy eyes behold
Thy people fashion'd in thy mould,
And charity our lineage prove
Derived from thee, O God of love?

301. s. M. The right and duty of private judgement.

1.
IMPOSTURE shrinks from light,

And dreads a curious eye :
Thy doctrines, Lord, the test invite,
They bid us search and try.

2.
Lord, to thy word we bring

A meek inquiring mind,
And joyful at salvation's spring

Refreshing truth we find.

T. SCOTT.

3.
With understanding blest,

Created to be free,
Our faith on man we dare not rest,
Subject to none but thee.

4.
O Lord, our spirit lead,

With soundest knowledge fill; From noxious error guard our creed, From prejudice our will.

5.
The truth once learnt impress

With savour on our heart;
And help us firmly to profess

'Gainst all seducing art.

BOOK VI.

ON LIFE AND DEATH, TIME AND

ETERNITY.

302. L. M.

DODDRIDGE.
The wisdom of redeeming time.

1.
God of eternity, from thee
Did infant time its being draw;
Moments and days and months and years
Revolve by thine unvaried law.

2.
Silent and slow they glide away:
Steady and strong the current flows,
Lost in eternity's wide sea,
The boundless gulf from whence it rose.

3.
The thoughtless tribes of mortal men
Before the rapid stream are borne
On to that everlasting home
Whence not one soul can e'er return.

4.
Yet while the shore on either side
Presents a gaudy flattering show,
We gaze in fond amusement lost,
Nor think to what a world we go.

DODDRIDGE.

5. Great source of wisdom, teach my heart To know the price of every hour, That time may bear me on to joys Beyond its measure and its power.

303. S. M. The flight of time a motive to diligence and

piety.

1.
The swift declining day,

How fast its moments fly!
While evening's broad and gloomy shade
Gains on the western sky.

2.
Ye mortals, mark its pace,

And use the hours of light;
And know its Maker can command
An instantaneous night.

3.
His word blots out the sun

In its meridian blaze,
And cuts from smiling vigorous youth
The remnant of its days.

4.
On the dark mountain's brow

Your feet shall quickly slide,
And from its airy summit dash
Your momentary pride.

5. Give glory to the Lord,

Who rules the whirling sphere; Submissive at his footstool bow,

And seek salvation there.

DODDRIDGE.

6.
Then shall new lustre break

Through horror's darkest gloom,
And lead you to unchanging light
In a coelestial home.

304. S. M.
The shortness and uncertainty of life

improved.

1.
TOMORROW, Lord, is thine,

Lodged in thy sovereign hand;
And if its sun arise and shine,
It shines by thy command.

2.
The present moment flies,

And bears our lives away;
O make thy servants truly wise,
That they may live today!

3.
Since on this winged hour

Eternity is hung,
Waken by thine almighty power
The aged and the young.

4.
One thing demands our care ;

O be it still pursued !
Lest, slighted once, the season fair
Should never be renew'd.

5. To Jesus may we fly

Swift as the morning light, Lest life's young golden beams should die

In sudden endless night!

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