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4 But happy he whose hopes depend
Upon the Lord alone;

The soul that trusts in such a friend
Can ne'er be overthrown.

5 So thrives and blooms the tree, whose roots
By constant streams are fed:
Arrayed in green, and rich in fruits,
It rears its branching head.

6 It thrives, though rain should be denied,
And drought around prevail;

"T is planted by a river side, Whose waters cannot fail.


Rewards of Obedience.

Ps. 112.

1 HAPPY the children of the Lord,

Who, walking in his sight,

Make all the precepts of his word
Their study and delight.

2 That precious wealth shall be their dower Which cannot know decay,

Which moth or rust shall ne'er devour,
Nor spoiler take away.

3 For them that heavenly light shall spread,
Whose cheering rays illume
The darkest hours of life, and shed

A halo round the tomb.

4 Their works of piety and love

Performed through Christ their Lord,

Forever registered above,

Shall meet a sure reward.


C. M.

Happiness of a Holy Life.


Ps. 119.

1 How blest are they who always keep
The pure and perfect way
Who never from the sacred paths
Of God's commandments stray.

2 Thrice blest! who to his righteous laws
Have still obedient been;
And have with fervent humble zeal
His favour sought to win.

3 Thou strictly hast enjoined us, Lord,
To learn thy sacred will;
And all our diligence employ
Thy statutes to fulfil.

4 0 then that thy most holy will
Might o'er my ways preside,
And I the course of all my life
By thy direction guide!

5 Then with assurance should I walk,
From all confusion free,

Convinced with joy that all my ways
With thy commands agree.

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Pleasures of a good Conscience.

1 LORD, how secure and blest are they Who feel the joys of pardoned sin !

Should storms of wrath shake earth and sea,

Their minds have heaven and peace within.

2 The day glides sweetly o'er their heads,
Made up of innocence and love;

And soft and silent as the shades,
Their nightly minutes gently move.

3 Quick as their thoughts their joys come on,
But fly not half so swift away!
Their souls are ever bright as noon,
And calm as summer evenings be.

4 How oft they look to th' heavenly hills,
Where groves of living pleasures grow!
And longing hopes and cheerful smiles
Sit undisturbed upon their brow.



The Good happy, the Wicked miserable.

1 How blest is he, who ne'er consents
By ill advice to walk;

Nor stands in sinners' ways, nor sits
Where men profanely talk.

2 But makes the perfect law of God
His business and delight;
Devoutly reads therein by day,
And meditates by night.

Ps. 1.

3 Like some fair tree, which, fed by streams, With timely fruit does bend,

He still shall flourish, and success
All his designs attend.

4 Ungodly men, and their attempts,
No lasting root shall find;
Untimely blasted, and dispersed,
Like chaff before the wind.

5 For God approves the just man's ways;
To happiness they tend;

But sinners, and the paths they tread,
Shall both in ruin end.

293. C. M.


Ps. 15.

Character of a Good Man.

1 LORD, who's the happy man, that may
To thy blest courts repair;
Not strangerlike, to visit them,
But to inhabit there?

2 "T is he, whose every thought and deed
By rules of virtue moves;

Whose generous tongue disdains to speak
The thing his heart disproves.

3 Who never did a slander forge,
His neighbour's fame to wound,
Nor hearken to a false report,
By malice whispered round.

4 Who vice, in all its pomp and power,
Can treat with just neglect;

And piety, though clothed in rags,
Religiously respect.

5 Who to his plighted vows and trust
Has ever firmly stood;"
And though he promise to his loss,
He makes his promise good.

6 The man who by this steady course

Has happiness ensured,

When earth's foundations shake, shall stand,
By Providence secured.

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Ps. 15.

The Good Man blessed of God.
I WHO shall tow'rd thy chosen seat
Turn in glad approach his feet?
Who, great God, a welcome guest,
On thy hallowed mountain rest?

2 He whose heart thy love has warmed; He whose will, to thine conformed, Bids his life unsullied run;

He whose word and thought are one.

3 He who ne'er with cruel aim
Seeks to wound an honest fame,
Nor with gloomy joy possessed
Can a brother's peace molest.

4 Who, from servile terror free,
Spurns at those who spurn at thee,
And to each who thee obeys

Love and lowliest reverence pays.

5 What he swears, with steadfast will To his loss he shall fulfil; Nor can bribes his sentence guide 'Gainst the guiltless to decide.

6 He who thus, with heart unstained, Treads the path by thee ordained, He, great God, shall own thy care, And thy constant blessing share.

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