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5 Struck by that light, his heart,
A barreu soil no more,
Where follies sprung before. 6 The soul so dreary once,
Once misery's dark domain,
And owns a heavenly reign.
151. S. M. Meekness and Candor in investigating divine Truth.
How error shrinks from light,
And dreads th' inquiring eye!
They bid us search and try.
A meek, inquiring mind;
But hidden treasures find. 3 With understanding blest,
Created to be free,
Subject to none but thee.
With soundest knowledge fill;
From prejudice our will.
May we with firmness own;
And fearing thee alone,
152. L. M. Christian Instruction and Worship sanctified, 1 O how delightful is the road,
T'hat leads us to thy temple, Lord !
And seek the treasures of thy word. 2 O heavenly treasures ! glorious light !
From ancient sages long concealed;
And thine unchanging word revealed. 3 For thee, great God ! our thoughts prepare
The sacrifice thy love demands;
A grateful heart, and liberal hands.
Our course unerring may we steer;
1. 153. 61. L. M. Spiritual Light and Knowledge implored.
Ps. cxix. 1 WHILE through life's pilgrimage I stray,
O let thy light attend my way,
My soul from truth and virtue win. 2. Thou Source of light to all below!
Teach me thy word aright to know,
3 Thus to my life's remotest day,
Teach me, o teach me, LORD! thy way;
154. C. M. Value of the Knowledge of God. Hos. vi. S. 1 SHINE forth, eternal Source of light!
Make thy perfections known;
With lustre all thine own.
Is our sublimest skill :
True life, to do his will.
Is little worth and vain ;
Though all beside he gain.
This all our powers pursue ; Till visions of eternal day
Break on our raptured view.
155. L. M. Faith in the invisible God. Heb. xi. 27. 1 ETERNAL and almighty King !
Thy peerless splendors none can bear;
2 Yet faith can pierce the awful gloom,
The great Invisible can see ;
In fixed regards, great God ! to thee. 3 Then every tempting forin of sin,
Awed by thy presence, disappears ;
The likeness it contemplates, wears. 4 O ever conscious to my heart !
Witness to its :supreme desire :
For it hath caught the heavenly fire. 5 This one petition would it urgem
To hear thee ever in its sighl ;
I GREAT God ! thy peerless excellence
Let all created natures own :
Of glories which are thine alone. 2 Let these our admiration raise,
And fill us with religious awe :
And bend us to thy holy law.
And in thy godlike nature share,
4 Pure may we be, averse from sin,
Just, holy, merciful, and true ;
S. M. God's parental Character. 1. My Father !--cheering name !
O may I call thee mine?'
A portion so divine.
And bid my sorrows fly ;
Beneath my Father's eye ? 3 Whate'er thy will denies,
I calmly would resign ;
O bend my will to thine !
O give me strength to bear ;
And trust a Father's care.
And life almost depart;
To cheer my drooping heart? 6 Thy ways are little known
To my weak, erring sight;
That all thy ways are right.