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And drag those poor remains of life
Along the tiresome road.
And not thy wrath alone;
The mercies of thy throne.
To improve the hours we have; That we may act the wiser part, And live beyond the grave.
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Ver. 13, &c. Breathing after Heaven. 1 ETURN, O God of love, return;
a How long shall we, thy children, mourn
Our absence from thy face? 2 Let heaven succeed our painful years;
Let sin and sorrow cease ; And in proportion to our tears,
So make our joys increase. 3 Thy wonders to thy servants show, '
Make thine own work complete ; Then shall our souls thy glory know,
And own thy love was great.
In all thy beauty, Lord;
Meet a divine reward.
piece Our life—how poor a trifle 'tis,
That scarce deserves the name! 2 Alas, the brittle clay
That built our bodies first!
'Tis mouldering back to dust. 3 Our moments fly apace,
Nor will our minutes stay ;
Are sweeping us away.
4 Well, if our days must fly,
We'll keep their end in sight;
And let them speed their flight. 5 They 'll waft us sooner o’er
This life's tempestuous sea :
Of bless'd eternity.
E that hath made his refuge God,
Shall find a most secure abode; Shall walk all day beneath his shade,
And there at night shall rest his head.
Shall be my fortress and my tower;
Shall keep thee from the fowler's snare;
From birds of prey that seek their blood,
To shield them with a healthful shade. 6 If vapors, with malignant breath,
Rise thick, and scatter midnight death,
7 What though a thousand at thy side,
And slew their sons, his careful eye
Passed all the doors of Jacob by. 9 But if the fire or plague or sword
Receive commission from the Lord
Their very pains and deaths are bless'd. 10 The sword, the pestilence, or fire,
Shall but fulfill their best desire;
And bring thy children, Lord, to thée. 91 Ver. 9–16. Divine Protection. C. M.
E sons of men, a feeble race,
Exposed to every snare,
And try and trust his care.
Or, if the plague come nigh,
'Twill raise his saints on high.
Your feet in all their ways;
And guard your happy days.
And dash against the stones;
And sent t'attend his sons ?
The tempter's wiles defeat;
Puts him beneath your feet.
I'll save them,” saith the Lord ; “I'll bear their joyful souls above
Destruction and the sword.”
In trouble I'll be nigh;
And raise them when they die. 8 Those that on earth my name have known,
I'll honor them in heaven;
There my salvation shall be shown,
And endless life be given.” 91 The same.
8. 7. 1 CALL ALL Jehovah thy salvation,
Rest beneath th’ Almighty's shade; In his secret habitation
Dwell, and never be dismayed : There no tumult can alarm thee,
Thou shalt dread no hidden snare; Guile nor violence can harm thee,
In eternal safeguard there.
From the noisome pestilence,
God shall be thy sure defence :
When a thousand feel the blow; Mercy shall thy soul deliver,
Though ten thousand be laid low. 3 Since, with pure and firm affection,
Thou on God hast set thy love, With the wings of his protection
He will shield thee from above; Thou shalt call on him in trouble,
He will hearken, he will save, Here for grief reward thee double, Crown with life beyond the grave.
Montgomery. First PART.
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A Psalm for the Lord's Day.
And talk of all thy truth at night.
may my heart in tune be found,
4 Fools never raise their thoughts so high ;
Like brutes they live, like brutes they die ;
Blast them in everlasting death. 5 But I shall share a glorious part,
When grace hath well refined my heart,
Like holy oil, to cheer my head. 6 Sin (my worst enemy before)
Shall vex my eyes and ears no more ;
Nor Satan break my peace again.
All I desired or wished below ;
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Ver. 12, &c. The Church is the Garden of God. 1 a
ORD, 'tis a pleasant thing to stand
In gardens planted by thy hand; Let me within thy courts be seen,
Like a young cedar fresh and green, 2 There grow thy saints in faith and love,
Bless'd with thine influence from above;
Yields such a comely sight as these. 3. The plants of grace shall ever live;
(Nature decays, but grace must thrive ;) Time, that does all things else impair,
Still makes them flourish strong and fair. 4 Laden with fruits of age, they show
The Lord is holy, just and true;
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The Eternal and Sovereign God. 1 JEHOVAH reigns ; he dwells