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And drag those poor remains of life

Along the tiresome road.
6 Almighty God, reveal thy love,

And not thy wrath alone;
Oh let our sweet experience prove

The mercies of thy throne.
7 Our souls would learn the heavenly art

To improve the hours we have; That we may act the wiser part, And live beyond the grave.

THIRD PART. 90

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.
4 Then shall we shine before thy throne,

In all thy beauty, Lord;
And the poor service we have done

Meet a divine reward.
90 Ver. 5, 10, 12. The Shortness of Life.
1 LORD, what a feeble

piece Our life—how poor a trifle 'tis,

That scarce deserves the name! 2 Alas, the brittle clay

That built our bodies first!
And every month, and every day,

'Tis mouldering back to dust. 3 Our moments fly apace,

Nor will our minutes stay ;
Just like a flood our hasty days

Are sweeping us away.

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4 Well, if our days must fly,

We'll keep their end in sight;
We'll spend them all in wisdom's way,

And let them speed their flight. 5 They 'll waft us sooner o’er

This life's tempestuous sea :
Soon we shall reach the blissful shore

Of bless'd eternity.
91 Ver. 1–7. The People of God safe.
1
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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.
2 Then will I say,—“My God, thy power

Shall be my fortress and my tower;
I, that am formed of feeble dust,
Make thine almighty arm my trust."
3 Thrice happy man! thy Maker's care

Shall keep thee from the fowler's snare;
Satan, the fowler, who betrays
Unguarded souls a thousand ways.
4 Just as a hen protects her brood,

From birds of prey that seek their blood,
Under her feathers, so the Lord
Makes his own arm his people's guard.
5 If burning beams of noon conspire
To dart a pestilential fire,
God is their life; his wings are spread,

To shield them with a healthful shade. 6 If vapors, with malignant breath,

Rise thick, and scatter midnight death,
Israel is safe; the poisoned air
Grows pure if Israel's God be there.

PAUSE.

7 What though a thousand at thy side,
At thy right hand ten thousand died;
Thy God his chosen people saves,
Among the dead, amidst the graves.
8 So when he sent his angel down
To make his wrath in Egypt known,

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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
To strike his saints among the rest,

Their very pains and deaths are bless'd. 10 The sword, the pestilence, or fire,

Shall but fulfill their best desire;
From sins and sorrows set them free,

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,
Come, make the Lord your dwelling place,

And try and trust his care.
2 No ill shall enter where you dwell;

Or, if the plague come nigh,
And sweep, the wicked down to hell;

'Twill raise his saints on high.
3 He'll give his angels charge to keep

Your feet in all their ways;
To watch your pillow while you sleep,

And guard your happy days.
4 Their hands shall bear you, lest you fall

And dash against the stones;
Are they not servants at his call,

And sent t'attend his sons ?
5 Adders and lions ye shall tread;

The tempter's wiles defeat;
He that hath broke the serpent's head,

Puts him beneath your feet.
6 “Because on me they set their love,

I'll save them,” saith the Lord ; “I'll bear their joyful souls above

Destruction and the sword.”
7 “My grace shall answer when they call ;

In trouble I'll be nigh;
My power shall help them when they fall,

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.
2 From the sword at noonday wasting,

From the noisome pestilence,
In the depth of midnight blasting,

God shall be thy sure defence :
Fear not thou the deadly quiver,

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.

L. M. 92

A Psalm for the Lord's Day.

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To show thy love by morning. light,

And talk of all thy truth at night.
2 Sweet is the day of sacred rest;
No mortal cares shall seize my breast;
Oh

may my heart in tune be found,
Like David's harp of solemn sound!
3 My heart shall triumph in my Lord,
And bless his works, and bless his word;
Thy works of grace, how bright they shine!
How deep thy counsels! how divine!

4 Fools never raise their thoughts so high ;

Like brutes they live, like brutes they die ;
Like grass they flourish, till thy breath

Blast them in everlasting death. 5 But I shall share a glorious part,

When grace hath well refined my heart,
And fresh supplies of joy are shed,

Like holy oil, to cheer my head. 6 Sin (my worst enemy before)

Shall vex my eyes and ears no more ;
My inward foes shall all be slain,

Nor Satan break my peace again.
7 Then shall I see and hear and know

All I desired or wished below ;
And every power find sweet employ
In that eternal world of joy.
SECOND PART.

L. M. 92

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,

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Bless'd with thine influence from above;
Not Lebanon, with all its trees,

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;
None that attend his gates shall find
A God unfaithful or unkind.

L.M.

FIRST PART. 93

The Eternal and Sovereign God. 1 JEHOVAH reigns ; he dwells

in light,
Girded with majesty and might;
The world, created by his hands,
Still on its first foundation stands.

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