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5 On wings of faith to heaven ascend,
By hope anticipate the feast ;
205. L. M.
Who, from the cradle to the shroud,
o why should mortal man be proud ? 2 His briglitest visions just appear,
Then vanish and no inore are found ;
A breath can level with the ground. 3 By doubt perplexed, in error losi,
With Trembling step he seeks his way :.
Of reason's lamp, how faint the ray ! 4 Follies and sins, a countless sum,
Are crowded in life's little span :
Thai erring, guilly creature, man ! 5 God of my life ! Faiher divine!
Give me a meek and lowly mind :-
L. M. Communing with our Hearts. Ps. iv. 4. 1 RETURN, my roving heart, return,
And chase these shadowy forms no more ;;
2 Wisdom and pleasure dwell at home;
Retired and silent seek them there;
The way to break temptation's snare. 3 And thou, my God! whose piercing eye
Distinct surveys each deep recess,
And with thy presence fill the place. 4 Through all the mazes of my heart,
My search let heavenly wisdom guide ;
Till all be searched and purified. 5 Then, with the visits of thy love,
Vouchsafe my inmost soul to cheer;
From strife and tumult far;
Its most successful war.
With prayer and praise agree ; And seem by thy sweet bounty made
For those who follow thee.
And grace her mean abode ;
* There, like the nightingale, she pours
Her solitary lays;
Nor thirsts for human praise.
Sweet source of light divine ;
My Father-thou art mine! 6 What thanks I owe thee, and what love,
boundless, endless store,
When time shall be no more.
208. L. M.
Retirement and Meditation, 1 My God! permit me not to be
A stranger to myself and thee :
Forgetful of my highest love. 2 Why should my passions mix with earth,
Aud thus debase my heavenly birth ?
And let my God, my Saviour, go ? 3 Call me away from flesh and sense ;
Thy gracious word can draw me thence;
209. L. M. A Conversation becoming the GospelTitus ii. 10. 1 So let our lips and lives express
The holy gospel we profess,
To prove the doctrine all divine.
The honours of our Saviour God,
And grace subdues the power of sin. 3 Our flesh and sense must be denied,
Passion and envy, lust and pride,
Our inward piety approve.
Religion bears our spirits up,
C. M. Unfruitfulness under Gospel Privileges. 1 O GOD! thy gracious aid impart
To bend our wills to thine ;
And take the mould divine.
Our ears have often heard !
And knowledge of thy word.
How negligent our fear!
How few affections there !
4 O deep impress that perfect law,
Which noblest freedom gives : And let it all our souls refine,
And sanctify our lives :
And in an hour forgot,
To reign o'er every thought.
That leads to joys above ;
And the whole soul be love.
211. L. M. Personal and prevailing Sins lamented and depre
cated. Ps. cxli.
When impious men transgress thy will ;
Take thy tremendous name in vain. 2 O let my soul indignant hate
The arts of malice and deceit ;
Who dare revile thy laws and thee. 3 Let pious friendship, when I stray,
Mark and reprove my wandering way!
Shall comfort, while they heal, the mind. 4 Thou, who discernest all my heart,
And all my life in every part,