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While eager for the blest abode,
Who taught him how to die. 3 No sorrow drowns his lifted eyes, No horror wrests the struggling sighs,
As from the sinner's breast;
And soothes his soul to rest.
So calm my evening close ;
294. C. M. The Peace of the Grave. Job iii. 17-20. 1 How still and peaceful is the grave !
Where, life’s vain tumults past, The appointed house, by heaven's decree,
Receives us all at last. 2 The wicked there, from troubling cease ;
Their passions rage no more ; And there the weary pilgrim rests
From all the toils he bore. 3 There rest the prisoners, now released
From slavery's sad abode : No more they hear the oppressor's voice,
Nor dread the tyrant's rod. 4 There servants, masters, small and great,
Partake the same repose;
5 All levelled by the hand of death,
Lie sleeping in the tomb ;
295. C. M.
Rev. xiv. 13. 1 HEAR what the voice from heaven proclaims
For all the pious dead;
And soft their dying bed.
How calm their slumbers are !
And freed from every snare.
Their bodies to the townb ?
And left a long perfume.
And softened every bed ;
But with the dying Head ?
And, justified by grace,
296. C. M. The Creation an Emblem of the Resurrection. 1 All nature dies, and lives again :
The flowers that paint the field,
And boughs and blossoms yield ;
2 Resign the honours of their form
At winter's stormy blast;
A desolated waste.
Anew shall deck the plain ; The woods shall hear the voice of spring,
And flourish green again. 4 So to the dreary grave consigned,
Man sleeps in death's dark gloom, Until the eternal morning wake
The slumbers of the tomb.
The bed of peaceful rest;
And mingle with the blest.
We'll wait heaven's high decree ; Till the appointed period come,
When death shall set us free.
C. M. “ This Mortal shall put on Immortality." 1 Cor.
This rending earth shall shake;
And dust to life awake :
Shall incorrupted rise ;
Immortal in the skies.
Is seen fulfilled at last;
Death his unbroken sway resigns,
Which held the ages past.
Let hope exulting sing :
• death! where is thy sting ?
Disarms that foe we dread;
Through Christ, our living Head. 6 Then steadfast let us still remain,
Though dangers press around; And in the work prescribed by God,
Yet more and more abound.
298. C. M. The Resurrection of Jesus the Pledge of ours
1 Pet. i. 3-5.
The Father of our Lord;
His majesty adored.
Ascending to the skies,
That we should also rise.
Returns to native dust;
So all his followers must.
Reserv'd against that day : 'T is uncorrupted, undefiled,
And cannot fade away.
5 Thy servants by thy power are kept,
Till this deliverance come ;
Till thou shalt call them home.
299. C. M.
The great Consummation. 1 BRIGHT orb, thy flaming circuit stay!
The Jewish victor cries :
And rend it from the skies. 2 A fire intenser than the sun,
Shall melt his golden urn;
Nor human years return. 3 Then, with immortal splendor bright,
That glorious orb shall rise,
The new-created skies.
Those blissful beams shall shine ; While the loud song of triumph rolls,
In harmony divine.
The soul's dark, rayless night,
300. L. M. The final Retribution. Dan. xii. 1, 2. 1 THE heart dejected, sighs to know,
Why vice triumphant reigns below;