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Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before ; He that unto God's kingdom comes
Must enter by this door. Come, Lord! when grace has made me
meet Thy blessèd face to see; For if Thy work on earth be sweet,
What must Thy glory be ?
Then shall I end my sad complaints,
And weary, sinful days,
That sing Jehovah's praise.
The eye of faith is dim ;
And I shall be with Him.
372.-Praise in Affliction.
JOB xiii, 15.
P.M. FOR what shall I praise Thee, my God
and my King ? For what blessings the tribute of gratitude
bring? Shall I praise Thee for plenty, for
health, and for ease, For the spring of delight, and the sun
shine of peace ? Shall I praise Thee for flowers that
bloomed on my breast, For joys in perspective, and pleasures
possessed ? For the spirits that heightened my days
of delight, And the slumbers that sat on my pillow
For this would I praise Thee ! but if only
for this I should leave half untold the donation of
bliss : I thank Thee for sickness, for sorrow,
for care, For the thorns I have gathered, the an
guish I bear :
Joy is like restless day ; but peace divine
Like quiet night;
Lead me, O Lord, till perfect day shall I WOULD not live alway–live alway
Through peace to light.
ADELAIDE A. PROCTER.
O no, I'll not linger when bidden to go : The days of our pilgrimage granted us
here, Are enough for life's woes, full enough for
From this spirit-land, afar
All disturbing force shall flee; Stir, nor toil, nor hope, shall mar
Its immortal unity.
R. W. EMERSON.
GENESIS ii. 8. NOTHER aspect of the thought em
bodied in the foregoing Hymn. There, the Sabbath, here Eden, is the Chris
tian's ideal. An "earthly Paradise" is no vain dream, if entered by the gate of faith. The Hymn has a prefatory verse in the original, the omission of which seems an improvement: “ Not where long passèd ages sleep,
Seek we Eden's golden trees :
Are its mystic harmonies."