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3 Call me away from flesh and sense :
One sovereign word can draw me thence:
I would obey the voice divine,

And all inferior joys resign.

4 Be earth, with all her scenes, withdrawn; Let noise and vanity be gone :

In secret silence of the mind,

My heaven, and there my God, I find.

331. C. M.


Religious Retirement.

1 FAR from the world, O Lord! I flee,
From strife and tumult far;

From scenes, where sin is waging still
Its most successful war.

2 The calm retreat, the silent shade,
With prayer and praise agree;

And seem by thy sweet bounty made,
For those who follow thee.

3 There, if thy spirit touch the soul,
And grace her mean abode;

O with what peace, and joy, and love,
She communes with her God.

4 There, like the nightingale, she pours
Her solitary lays;

Nor asks a witness of her song,
Nor thirsts for human praise.

5 Author and Guardian of my life,
Sweet source of light divine,
And all harmonious names in one,
My Father-thou art mine!

6 What thanks I owe thee, and what love, A boundless, endless store,

Shall echo through the realms above,
When time shall be no more.

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He that hath the Son hath Life.

1 0 HAPPY Christian, who can boast
"The son of God is mine!'

Happy, though humbled in the dust;
Rich in this gift divine.

2 He lives the life of heaven below,
And shall for ever live;

Eternal streams from Christ shall flow
And endless vigour give.

3 That life we ask with bended knee,
Nor will the Lord deny ;
Nor will celestial mercy see
Its humble suppliants die.

4 That life obtained, for praise alone
We wish continued breath;

And taught by blest experience, own
That praise can live in death.


S. M.


The Blessing of Meekness.

1 'BLEST are the meek,' he said,
Whose doctrine is divine;

The humble-minded earth possess,
And bright in heaven will shine.

2 While here on earth they stay,
Calm peace with them shall dwell;
And cheerful hope and heavenly joy
Beyond what tongue can tell.

3 The God of peace is theirs ;
They own his gracious sway;
And yielding all their wills to him,
His sovereign laws obey.

4 No angry passions move,
No envy fires the breast;
The prospect of eternal peace
Bids every trouble rest.

5 O gracious Father, grant

That we this influence feel,

That all we hope, or wish, may be
Subjected to thy will.


S. M.


Ornament of a meek and quiet Spirit. 1 How glorious, Lord, art thou! How bright thy splendors shine! Whose rays, reflected, gild thy saints With ornaments divine.

2 With lowliness and love,

Wisdom and courage meet;
The grateful heart, the cheerful eye,
How reverend and how sweet!

3 In beauties such as these,
Thy children now are drest;
But brighter habits shall they wear
In regions of the blest.


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Humility and Submission. Ps. 131.

1 Is there ambition in my heart?
Search, gracious God, and see;
Or do I act a haughty part?
Lord, I appeal to thee.

2 I charge my thoughts, be humble still,
And all my carriage mild;
Content, my Father, with thy will,
And quiet as a child.

3 The patient soul, the lowly mind
Shall have a large reward:

Let saints in sorrow lie resigned,
And trust a faithful Lord.



Meekness and Lowliness of Heart. Ps. 131. 1 'OH learn of me,' the Saviour cried, 'Oh learn of me, ye sons of pride; For I am lowly, humble, meek,

No haughty looks high thoughts bespeak!'

2 Yes, blest Immanuel! thou wast mild,
Patient, and gentle as a child;

And they who would thy kingdom see,
Must meek and lowly be like thee.

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1 WHEREFORE should man, frail child of clay, Who, from the cradle to the shroud, Lives but the insect of a day

O why should mortal man be proud? 2 His brightest visions just appear,

Then vanish, and no more are found;
The stateliest pile his pride can rear,
A breath may level with the ground.
3 By doubt perplexed, in error lost,
With trembling step he seeks his way:
How vain of wisdom's gift the boast!
Of reason's lamp, how faint the ray!
4 Follies and sins, a countless sum,
Are crowded in life's little span :
How ill, alas! does pride become
That erring, guilty creature, man!
5 God of my life! Father divine!
Give me a meek and lowly mind:
In modest worth, O let me shine,
And peace in humble virtue find.

338. L. M.


Christian Patience.

1 WAIT on the Lord, ye heirs of hope,
And let his word support your souls;
Well can he bear your courage up,
And all your foes and fears control.

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