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331.-The Firm Foundation.
HEBREWS xiii. 5.
equal Hymn is remarkable for the
great number of the choicest Scripture promises. The search for “ references" to its successive lines would itself be a delightful and profitable Biblical study. The remarkable succession of five negatives in the original Greek of the motto-text (from Joshua i. 5) is reproduced very effectively in the last line of the Hymn. “I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee " (Revised Version).
“ When through fiery trials thy pathway
shall lie, My grace all-sufficient shall be thy
supply ; The flame shall not hurt thee; I only
design Thy dross to consume and thy gold to
“E'en down to old age all My people
shall prove My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love: And when hoary hairs shall their temples
adorn, Like lambs they shall still in My bosom
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for
repose I will not, I will not, desert to its foes ! That soul, though all hell should endea
vour to shake, I'll never, no never, no never forsake.”
“In every condition-in sickness, in health,
332.—The Battle of Life.
DEUTERONOMY XX. 3. In poverty's vale, or abounding in wealth,
HE rough draft of this Hymn was At home and abroad, on the land, on the
written by the author "on the back sea,
of one of his mathematical papers." As thy days may demand, shall thy
Its present shape is due to Miss Fanny strength ever be.
Fuller Maitland, in Hymns for Private Devotion, 1827 ; with the exception of the first verse, which
begins, “ Much in sorrow," and ends with the “ Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dis
" Fight the fight, and, worn with strise, I, I am thy God, and will still give thee Steep with tears the bread of life."
7s. I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause
OFT in danger, oft in woe, thee to stand,
Onward, Christians, onward go, Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent Fight the fight, maintain the strife, hand.
Strengthened with the bread of life.
Onward, Christians, onward go, “When through the deep waters I call
Join the war and face the foe. thee to go,
Faint not! Much doth yet remain, The rivers of grief shall not thee over
Dreary is the long campaign. flow; The flame shall not hurt thee; I only Shrink not, Christians! Will ye yield? design
Will ye quit the painful field ? Thy dross to consume and thy gold to Will ye flee in danger's hour ? refine.
Know ye not your Captain's power?