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295. C. M.

Qualifications of a Christian.


Ps. 15.

1 WHO shall inhabit in thy hill,
O God of holiness?

Whom will the Lord admit to dwell
So near his throne of grace?

2 The man that walks in pious ways,
And works with righteous hands,
That trusts his Maker's promises,
And follows his commands.

3 He speaks the meaning of his heart,
Nor slanders with his tongue;
Will scarce believe an ill report,
Nor do his neighbour wrong.

4 The wealthy sinner he contemns,
Loves all that fear the Lord;
And though to his own hurt he swears,
Still he performs his word.

5 His hands disdain a golden bribe,
And never gripe the poor:

This man shall dwell with God on earth,
And find his heaven secure.


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Ps. 24.

Security and Happiness of the Righteous,
1 THE earth is thine, Jehovah; thine
Its peopled realms and wealthy stores;
Built on the floods by power divine,
The waves are ramparts to the shores.

2 But who shall reach thy holy place,
Or who, O Lord, ascend thy hill?
The pure in heart shall see thy face,
The perfect man that doth thy will.

4 He who to bribes hath closed his hand,
To idols never bent the knee,

Nor sworn in falsehood,―he shall stand
Redeemed, and owned, and kept by thee.


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Ps. 24.

The Man whom God approves.

1 THIS spacicus earth is all the Lord's;
The Lord's her fulness is;

The world, and all that dwell therein,
By sovereign right are his.

2 But for himself, this Lord of all
One chosen seat designed:
O! who shall to that sacred hill
Deserved admittance find?

3 The man whose hands and heart are pure, Whose thoughts from pride are free; Who honest poverty prefers

To gainful perjury.

4 This, this is he, on whom the Lord
Shall shower his blessings down;
Whom God his Saviour shall vouchsafe
With righteousness to crown.


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Walking with God.

1 THRICE happy souls, who, born from heaven,
While yet they sojourn here,
Do all their days with God begin,
And spend them in his fear.

2 'Midst hourly cares, may love present
Its incense to thy throne;

And while the world our hands employs,
Our hearts be thine alone.

3 As sanctified to noblest ends,

Be each refreshment sought; And by each various providence

Some wise instruction brought.

4 When to laborious duties called,
Or by temptations tried,

We'll seek the shelter of thy wings,
And in thy strength confide.

5 As different scenes of life arise,
Our grateful hearts would be
With thee amidst the social band,
In solitude with thee.

6 In solid, pure delights like these,
Let all our days be past;

Nor shall we then impatient wish,
Nor shall we fear the last.


L. M. 61.


The Christian Israel.

1 THUS far on life's perplexing path,
Thus far thou, Lord, our steps hast led,
Snatched from the world's pursuing wrath,
Unharmed though floods o'erhung our head:
Like ransomed Israel on the shore,
Here then we pause, look back, adore.

2 Strangers and pilgrims here below,
Like all our fathers, in their day, 7
We to the land of promise go,

Lord, by thine own appointed way:
Still guide, illumine, cheer our flight,
In cloud by day, in fire by night.

3 Protect us through the wilderness,
From every peril, plague, and foe;
With bread from heaven thy people bless,
And living streams where'er we go;
Nor let our rebel hearts repine,
Or follow any voice but thine.

4 Thy holy law to us proclaim,
But not from Sinai's top alone;
Hid in the rock-cleft be thy name,
Thy power, and all thy goodness, shown;
And may we never bow the knee,
Or worship any God but thee.

5 When we have numbered all our years,
And stand, at length, on Jordan's brink,
Though the flesh fail with mortal fears,
O let not then the spirit sink;

But strong in faith, and hope, and love,
Plunge through the stream, to rise above!




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Resolution and Example.

1 АH wretched souls, who strive in vain,
Slaves to the world, and slaves to sin!
A nobler toil may I sustain,
A nobler satisfaction win.

2 May I resolve, with all my heart,
With all my powers to serve the Lord;
Nor from his precepts e'er depart,

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Whose service is a rich reward.

3 O be his service all my joy!
Around let my example shine,
Till others love the blest employ,
And join in labours so divine.

4 O may I never faint nor tire,

Nor, wandering, leave his sacred ways;
Great God! accept my soul's desire,
And give me strength to live thy praise.



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Fortitude founded on Godly Fear.

1 BLEST is the man who fears the Lord;

His well established mind,

In every varying scene of life,
Shall true composure find.

2 Oft through the deep and stormy sea
The heavenly footsteps lie;

But on a glorious world beyond
His faith can fix its eye.

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