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Abide in me ; o'ershadow by Thy love Each half-formed purpose, and dark

thought of sin; Quench, ere it rise, each selfish, low desire, And keep my soul as Thine, calm and

Still, still with Thee ! as to each new-born

morning A fresh and solemn splendour still is

given, So doth this blessed consciousness

awaking, Breathe, each day, nearness unto Thee

and heaven.

As some rare perfume in a vase of clay

Pervades it with a fragrance not its own, So, when Thou dwellest in a mortal soul, All heaven's own

sweetness around it thrown.

divine.

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Teach me that harder lesson-how to

live, To serve Thee in the darkest paths of

life; Arm me for conflict now-fresh vigour

give, And make me more than conqueror in

the strife.

Teach me to live, Thy purpose to fulfil ; Bright for Thy glory let my taper

shine; Each day renew, remould the stubborn

will ; Closer round Thee my heart's affections

twine.

311.-Life's Service.

ISAIAH xxxviii. 18, 19.
1R. WATTS entitles this Hymn “The

Privileges of the Living above the
Dead," and this thought runs through

the whole. There are forms of earthly ministry in which we must do God's will now or never. What new occasions may be given to the redeemed in heaven to serve the Master, we cannot tell ; we have only this life for such works of love as those which the poet here describes. It is common enough to point the exhortation to lifelong earnestness by the thought that “the night cometh in which no man can

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