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A joy springs up amid distress,

A fountain in the wilderness. 2 0, to be brought to Jesus' feet,

Though trials fix me there,
Is still a privilege most sweet,

For he will hear my prayer ;
Though sighs and tears its language be,

The Lord is nigh to answer ine.
3 0, blesséd be the hand that gave,

Still blessed when it takes ;
Blesséd be He who smites to save, -

Who heals the heart he breaks : Perfect and true are all his ways, Whom heaven adores and death obeys.

195. L. M. 61. H. WARE, JR.

[Written in Sickness, March, 1836.]

Prayer for Peace in God.
1 Father, thy gentle chastisement
Falls kindly on my burdened soul;
I see its merciful intent,
To warn me back to thy control,
And pray, that while I kiss the rod,

I may find perfect peace with God.. 2 The errors of my heart I know;

I feel my deep infirmities;
For often virtuous feelings glow,
And holy purposes arise,
But like the morning clouds decay,

As empty, though as fair, as they. 3 Forgive the weakness I deplore,

And let thy peace abound in me,
That I may trust myself no more,
But wholly cast myself on thee.
O, let my Father's strength be mine,
And my devoted life be thine.

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196. 7 & 6s M. Rippon's Col.

The Soul aspiring to Heaven. 1 RISE, my soul, and stretch thy wings;

Thy better portion trace; Rise from transitory things,

Towards heaven, thy native place. Sun, and moon, and stars decay; Time shall soon this earth remove; Rise, my soul, and haste away

To seats prepared above. 2 Rivers to the ocean run,

Nor stay in all their course;
Fire, ascending, seeks the sun;

Both speed them to their source.
So a soul that's born of God
Pants to view his glorious face;
Upward tends to his abode,

To rest in his embrace.

197. S. M. Watts.

Heavenly Joy on Earth.
I COME, we that love the Lord,

And let our joys be known ;
Join in a song with sweet accord,

And thus surround the throne. 2 The sorrows of the mind

Be banished from the place : Religion never was designed

To make our pleasures less.
3 The men of grace have found

Glory begun below;
Celestial fruits, on earthly ground,
From faith and hope may grow.

4 Then let our songs abound,

And every tear be dry : We're marching through Immanuel's ground,

To fairer worlds on high.

198. C. M. Wesley's Col.

The Saints Rest.
1 Lord, I believe a rest remains,

To all thy people known-
A rest where pure enjoyment reigns,

And thou art loved alone ; —
2 A rest, where all our soul's desire

Is fixed on things above;
Where fear, and sin, and grief expire,

Cast out by perfect love.
3 O that I now the rest might know,

Believe, and enter in!
Now, Father, now the power bestow,

And let me cease from sin !

4 Remove all hardness from my heart;

All unbelief remove;
To me the rest of faith impart,

The Sabbath of thy love.

ANONYMOUS.

1. L. M. ANONYMOUS.

Memory of the Past.
1 How blest is he whose tranquil mind,
When life declines, recalls again
The years that time has cast behind,
And reaps delight from toil and pain!

2 So, when the transient storm is past,

The sudden gloom and driving shower,
The sweetest sunshine is the last;
The loveliest is the evening hour.

200. 11s M. CunninghAM.

Are they not all ministering Spirits ? 1 How cheering the thought, that the spirits in bliss

Will bow their bright wings to a world such as this, Will leave the sweet joys of the mansions above, To breathe o'er our bosoms some message of love!

2 They come, – on the wings of the morning they

come, — Impatient to lead some poor wanderer home, Some pilgrim to snatch from this stormy abode, And lay him to rest in the arms of his God.

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LIFE, DEATH, AND FUTURITY.

201. L. M. Dopdridge.

The Wisdom of redeeming Time. 1 God of eternity, from thee

Did infant Time his being draw :
Moments and days, and months and years,

Revolve by thine unvaried law.
2 Silent and swift they glide away :

Steady and strong the current flows,
Lost in eternity's wide sea,

The boundless gulf from which it rose. 3 With it the thoughtless sons of men

Before the rapid stream are borne
On to their everlasting home,

Whence not one soul can e'er return. 4 Yet while the shore on either side

Presents a gaudy, flattering show,
We gaze, in fond amusement lost,

Nor think to what a world we go. 5 Great Source of wisdom, teach our hearts

To know the price of every hour, "That time may bear us on to joys

Beyond its measure and its power.

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