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S. M.

Communion of Saints. Ps. 133.


1 BLEST are the sons of

Whose hearts and hopes are one,
Whose kind designs to serve and please
Through all their actions run.

2 Blest is the pious house

Where zeal and friendship meet;
Their songs of praise, their mingled vows,
Make their communion sweet.


3 Thus, when on Aaron's head

They poured the rich perfume,
The oil through all his raiment spread,
And pleasure filled the room.

4 Thus, on the heavenly hills,
The saints are blest above,
Where joy like morning dew distils,
And all the air is love.


S. M.

Brotherly Love. Ps. 133.

1 BEHOLD, how good it is,

And what a joy to see,

When brethren with each other dwell
In love and unity!

2 'Tis like the precious oil

They poured on Aaron's head,
Which down his hair and garment flowed,
And fragrant odors spread.

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3 Or as refreshing dew

On Hermon's mount distils;
Or like the pearly drops that shine
On Zion's joyful hills.

4 For there the Lord commands,
And doth his blessing give –
The foretaste of that blessedness
Which shall forever live.


C. M.
Christian Sympathy.

1 HAIL, everlasting Prince of Peace!
Hail, Governor divine!

How gracious is thy sceptre's sway!
What gentle laws are thine!

2 His tender heart with love o'erflowed;
Love spoke in every breath;
Vigorous it reigned through all his life,
And triumphed in his death.


3 All these united charms he shows
Our frozen souls to move,

This proof of love to him demands
That we each other love.

4 O, be the sacred law fulfilled
In every act and thought,
Each angry passion far removed,
Each selfish view forgot!

5 Be thou, my heart, dilated wide.
By thy Redeemer's grace,
And in one grasp of fervent love
All earth and heaven embrace.


L. M.

The Fear of God.

1 GREAT Author of all nature's frame,
Holy and reverend is thy name;
Against thee who shall lift his hand?
Before thy terrors who can stand?
2 But blest are they, O gracious Lord,

Who fear thy name, and keep thy word;
Thy wisdom guides, thy power defends
Their life, till life its journey ends.

3 0 that my soul, with awful sense
Of thy transcendent excellence,
May close the day, the day begin,
Watchful against each darling sin.
4 Never, O never from my heart,
May this great principle depart,
But act, with unabating power,
Within me to my latest hour!


C. M.

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.

3 Though dark his present prospects be,
And sorrows round him dwell,
Yet hope can whisper to his soul,
That all shall issue well.

4 Full in the presence of his God,
Through every scene he goes,
And, fearing him, no other fear
His steadfast bosom knows.


C. M.

Submission to afflictive Providences.
1 NAKED as from the earth we came,
And crept to life at first,
We to the earth return again,
And mingle with our dust.

2 The dear delights we here enjoy,
And fondly call our own,

Are but short favors, borrowed now
To be repaid anon.


3 'Tis God that lifts our comforts high,
Or sinks them in the grave;
He gives, and, -blessed be his name!
He takes but what he gave.

4 Peace, all our angry passions, then;
Let each rebellious sigh.
Be silent at his sovereign will,
And every murmur die.

5 If smiling mercy crown our lives,
Its praises shall be spread,
And we'll adore the justice, too,.
That strikes our comforts dead.


L. M.
Fortitude and Trust.

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.
2 He waits his own well-chosen hour,
The intended mercy to display ;
His fatherly compassion moves,

While wisdom dictates the delay.
3 Blest are the humble souls, that wait
With sweet submission to his will;
Harmonious all their passions move,

And in the midst of storms are still;


4 Still, till their Father's well-known voice
Wakens their silence into songs;
Then earth grows vocal with his praise,
And heaven the grateful shout prolongs.


C. M.

Trust in God through all Changes.

1 FATHER divine, before thy view
All worlds, all creatures lie;
No distance can elude thy search,
No action 'scape thy 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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