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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,
My thankful heart adores thy grace :

I trust that goodness which I praise. 2 Still from the same eternal spring,

Thy various bounties ceaseless flow;
Beneath the shelter of thy wing,

I view serene the shades of wo. 3 I see no terrors in thy name,

But in my God, a Father find :
The voice that shakes all nature's frame,

Speaks comfort to the pious mind.
4 E'en death's tremendous vale appears
No more in gloomy terrors drest:

Thy voice, O GOD! forbids my fears,
While on thy gracious hand I rest.
5 Through the dark scenes of mortal care,

To humble faith's enraptured eye,
The distant prospect opens fair
Of radiant mansions in the sky.

165. C. M.
The Ways of tbe Righteous known to God.

Ps. xxxvii. 18.
1 TO THEE, O God! my days are known;

My soul enjoys the thought; My actions all before thee lie,

Nor are"my wants forgot.
2 Each secret wish devotion breathes,

Is vocal to thine ear :
And all my walks of daily life

Before thine eye appear.

3 The vacant hour, the active scene,

Thy mercy will approve;
And every pang of sympathy,

And every care of love.
4 Each golden hour of beaming light

Is gilded by thy rays;
And dark affliction's midnight gloom

A present God surveys.
5 Full in thy view through life I pass,

And in ihy view I die !
And, when all mortal bonds shall break,

May I still find thee nigh !

166.

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 :
With cheerful heart I meet my God,

His presence makes me truly blest.
2 Father and Friend ! those ties how dear,

How soothing to the human soul !
They lighten pain, and vanquish fear,

And all life's varied ills control.
3 Pleasant is life, and sweet the light

That pours from the bright orb of day,
Revealing to our raptured sight,

The world in all its rich display.
4 Pleasant is life, and sweet its ties,

The touching charities of man :
Friend, fellow, cbild, and parent rise,
Endearing life's progressive plan.

5 But light and life would soon be vile,

And all their dearest pleasures pall,
Nor sun would shine, nor life would smile,
Without thy presence gladdening all.

167. C. M.

Habitual Devotion. 1 WHILE Thee I seek, protecting Power !

Be my vain wishes stilled;
And may this consecrated hour

With better hopes be filled. 2 Thy love the powers of thought bestowed;

To Thee my thoughts would soar ;
Thy mercy o'er my life has flowed :

That mercy I adore !
3 In each event of life, how clear

Thy ruling hand I see !
Each blessing to my soul more dear

Because conferred by Thee.
4 In every joy that crowns my days,

In every pain I bear,
My heart shall find delight in praise,

Or seek relief in prayer. 5 When gladness wings my favoured hour,

Thy love my thoughts shall fill :
Resigned, when storms of sorrow lour,

My soul shall meet thy will. 6 My lifted eye, without a tear,

The gathering storm shall see :
My steadfast heart shall know no fear :-

That heart shall rest on Thee !

168. C. M. God, our Portion here and hereafter. Ps.

Ixxiij. 23-28.
1 God, my supporter and my hope,

My help for ever near !
Thine arm of mercy holds me up,

And saves me from despair. 2 Thy counsels, Lord, shall guide my feet

Through this dark wilderness ;
Thy hand conduct me near thy seat

To dwell before thy face.
3 No blessing equal to thy love,

I through creation see ;
In earth beneath, in heaven above,

Whom have I, Lord, but thee ?
4 What if the springs of life were broke,

And flesh and heart should faint ?
God is my soul's eternal rock,

The strength of every saint.
5 Behold the sinners, that remove

Far from thy presence, die ;
Not all the vanities they love,

Can peace or hope supply.
6 But to draw near to thee, my God!

Shall be my sweet employ :
My tongue shall sound thy works abroad,

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.
2 Not the gay scenes, where mortal men

Pursue their bliss and find their wo,
Detain my rising heart, which springs

The nobler joys of heaven to view. 3 Not all the fairest sons of light,

That lead the hosts around thy throne,
Can bound its flight : it presseth on,

And seeks its rest in God alone. 4 Fixed near the immortal source of bliss,

Dauntless, and joyous, it surveys
Each form of horror and distress,

That all it deadliest foes can raise. 5 This feeble flesh shall faint and die,

This heart renew its pulse no niore;
E'en now, it views the moment nigh,
When life's last movements all are o'er.

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,

170.

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.
2 From thee our vital breath we drew;

Our childhood was thy care ;
And vigorous youth and feeble age

Thy kind protection share.

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