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5 In Jesus is our store ;
Grace issues from his throne;
Confesses he has none.
CowPER. Human Frailty. 1 WEAK and irresolute is man;
The purpose of to-day,
To-morrow rends away.
Finds out his weaker part ;
But pleasure wins his heart.
Through dangers little known,
Man vainly trusts his own.
To reach the distant coast;
Or all the toil is lost.
Scotch PARAPHRASES. God the Source of Strength. Is. xl. 28–31. 1 SUPREME in wisdom, as in power,
The Rock of ages stands; Though him thou canst not see, nor trace
The working of his hands.
2 He gives the conquest to the weak,
Supports the fainting heart, And courage in the evil hour
His heavenly aids impart.
And youthful vigor cease ;
In strength shall still increase.
The path of life divine;
With growing brightness shine. 5 On eagles' wings they mount, they soar;
Their wings are faith and love; Till, past the cloudy regions here,
They rise to heaven above.
DODDRIDGE. God the Salvation of his People. 1 HOW long shall dreams of creature-bliss
Our flattering hopes employ, And mock our fond, deluded eyes
With visionary joy?
Is our salvation sought,
And Israel's God forgot ?
Full in our daily view;
Our broken cisterns hew.
4 These fatal errors, gracious God,
With gentle pity see;
And fix our souls on thee.
DodDRIDGE. God supplying the Wants of his people. 1 MY God, how cheerful is the sound !
How pleasant to repeat !
Where God hath fixed his seat.
From his redundant stores ?
An arm almighty pours !
These ample blessings flow; Prepare, my lips, his name to sing,
Whose heart hath loved us so. 4. Now to our Father and our God
Be endless glory given,
And through the highest heaven.
Rippon's Col: Divine Influences compared to Rain. 1 AS showers on meadows newly mown,
Our God shall send his Spirit down;
2 That heavenly influence let me find
In holy silence of the mind,
Diffusing wide its rich perfume.
To me, but poured on all mankind,
DODDRIDGI. Living Water. 1 BLEST Savior! Source of grace divine,
What soul-refreshing streams are thine !
Or we must droop, and fall, and die. 2 No traveller, through desert lands,
'Midst scorching suns and burning sands, More eager longs for cooling rain,
Or pants the current to obtain. 3 Our longing souls aloud would sing,
Spring up, celestial fountain, spring; To a redundant river flow,
And cheer this thirsty land below.”
Through all the desert gently glide,
DoDDRIDGE. The healing Stream flowing from God, the Fountain. Ez. xlvii. 8, 9. 1 GREAT Source of being and of love!
Thou waterest all the worlds above;
2 A sacred spring, at thy command,
From Zion's mount, in Canaan's land,
And pours its limpid stream around.
Swells to a river in its course ;
Through desert realms its windings play,
The blooming trees of life appear;
5 To the dead sea the waters flow,
And carry healing as they go;
And all its shores the fountain bless.
Flow on to earth's remotest bound;