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164. L. M. Faith and Hope in the Divine Goodness. 1 LORD! while my thoughts with wonder trace
Thy favours past through all my days,
I trust that goodness which I praise. 2 Still from the same eternal spring,
Thy various bounties ceaseless flow;
I view serene the shades of wo. 3 I see no terrors in thy name,
But in my God, a Father find :
Speaks comfort to the pious mind.
Thy voice, O GOD! forbids my fears,
To humble faith's enraptured eye,
165. C. M.
Ps. xxxvii. 18.
My soul enjoys the thought; My actions all before thee lie,
Nor are"my wants forgot.
Is vocal to thine ear :
Before thine eye appear.
3 The vacant hour, the active scene,
Thy mercy will approve;
And every care of love.
Is gilded by thy rays;
A present God surveys.
And in ihy view I die !
May I still find thee nigh !
L. M. Piety sanctifying the Relations and Pleasures of Life. 1 ENOUGH of life's vain scene I've trod,
Sweet is this interval of rest :
His presence makes me truly blest.
How soothing to the human soul !
And all life's varied ills control.
That pours from the bright orb of day,
The world in all its rich display.
The touching charities of man :
5 But light and life would soon be vile,
And all their dearest pleasures pall,
167. C. M.
Habitual Devotion. 1 WHILE Thee I seek, protecting Power !
Be my vain wishes stilled;
With better hopes be filled. 2 Thy love the powers of thought bestowed;
To Thee my thoughts would soar ;
That mercy I adore !
Thy ruling hand I see !
Because conferred by Thee.
In every pain I bear,
Or seek relief in prayer. 5 When gladness wings my favoured hour,
Thy love my thoughts shall fill :
My soul shall meet thy will. 6 My lifted eye, without a tear,
The gathering storm shall see :
That heart shall rest on Thee !
168. C. M. God, our Portion here and hereafter. Ps.
My help for ever near !
And saves me from despair. 2 Thy counsels, Lord, shall guide my feet
Through this dark wilderness ;
To dwell before thy face.
I through creation see ;
Whom have I, Lord, but thee ?
And flesh and heart should faint ?
The strength of every saint.
Far from thy presence, die ;
Can peace or hope supply.
Shall be my sweet employ :
And tell the world my joy.
169. L. M. God, the Desire and Happiness of his People.
Ps. lxxiii. 25, 26. 1 My God! whose all-pervading eye
Sees earth beneath and heaven above
O say, if here, or there, thou seest
An equal object of my love.
Pursue their bliss and find their wo,
The nobler joys of heaven to view. 3 Not all the fairest sons of light,
That lead the hosts around thy throne,
And seeks its rest in God alone. 4 Fixed near the immortal source of bliss,
Dauntless, and joyous, it surveys
That all it deadliest foes can raise. 5 This feeble flesh shall faint and die,
This heart renew its pulse no niore;
thou vanquished king of dread! With thy own hand thy power destroy ; 'T is thine to bear me to my God, My portion and eternal joy!
6 But come,
C. M. Trust in God through all the Changes of Life. 1 FATHER divine ! before thy view,
All worlds, all creatures lie; No distance can elude thy search,
No action 'scape thine eye.
Our childhood was thy care ;
Thy kind protection share.