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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.

289. C. M. SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS.

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.

290.

C. M.

Happiness of a Holy Life.

TATE & BRADY.

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.

292.

C. M. TATE & BRADY.

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.

TATE & BRADY.

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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