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4 But, ah, how woes and fears

Those hollow joys succeed!
That cup of mirth is mixed with tears,

That hope is but a reed. 5 What have I then below,

Or what but thee on high?
Thee, thee, O Father, would I know,

And in thee live and die!

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Walking with God.

1 O FOR a closer walk with God,

A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road

That leads me to the Lamb!

2 Where is the blessedness I knew

When first I saw the Lord ?
Where is the soul-refreshing view

Of Jesus and his word ?

3 What peaceful hours I once enjoyed !

How sweet their memory still !
But they have left an aching void

The world can never fill.

4 Return, O holy Dove, return,

Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made thee mourn,

And drove thee from my breast.

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Watts.
Looking uproard.
1 THE heavens invite mine eye ;

The stars salute me round;
Father, I blush, I mourn, to lie

Thus groveling on the ground.
2 My warmer spirits move,

And make attempts to fly;
I wish aloud for wings of love

To raise me swift and high,
3 Beyond those crystal vaults,

And all their sparkling balls ; They're but the porches to thy courts,

And paintings on thy walls.
4 Vain world, farewell to you;

Heaven is my native air ;
I bid my friends a short adieu,

Impatient to be there.

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WATTS. A Sight of God mortifies us to the World. 1 UP to the fields where angels lie,

And living waters gently roll, Fain would my thoughts leap out and fly,

But sin hangs heavy on my soul. 2 Had I a glance of thee, my God,

Kingdoms and men would vanish soon, Vanish as though I saw them not, As a dim candle dies at noon.

3 Then they might fight, and rage, and rave;

I should perceive the noise no more Than we can hear a shaking leaf

While rattling thunders round us roar. 4 Great All in all, eternal King,

Let me but view thy lovely face, And all my powers shall bow and sing

Thine endless grandeur and thy grace.

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DODDRIDGE. Glorying in God alone. 1 THE righteous Lord, supremely great,

Maintains his universal state;
O'er all the earth his power extends;

All heaven before his footstool bends.
2 No more, ye wise, your wisdom boast;

No more, ye strong, your valor trust;
Nor let the rich survey his store,

Elate with heaps of shining ore. 3 Glory, my soul, in this alone,

That God, thy God, to thee is known,
That thou hast owned his sovereign sway,

That thou hast felt his cheering ray.
4 My wisdom, wealth, and power, I find

In one, Jehovah, all combined;
On him I fix my roving eyes,
Till all my soul in rapture rise.

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DODDRIDGE. Support in God's Covenant, 1 MY God, the covenant of thy love

Abides forever sure,
And in its matchless grace I feel

My happiness secure. 2 What though my house be not with thee,

As nature could desire ?
To nobler joys than nature gives,

Thy servants all aspire.
3 Since thou, the everlasting God,

My Father art become,
Jesus my Guardian and my Friend,

And heaven my final home,
4 I welcome all thy sovereign will ;

For all that will is love;
And, when I know not what thou dost,

I wait the light above.

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Watts. Safety in God. Ps. 61. 1 WHEN, overwhelmed with grief,

My heart within me dies,
Helpless, and far from all relief,

To Heaven I lift my eyes. 2 O, lead me to the Rock

That's high above my head,
And make the covert of thy wings

Mv shelter and my shade.

3 Within thy presence, Lord,

Forever I'll abide;
Thou art the Tower of my defence,

The Refuge where I hide.

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Watts. God our Portion. Ps. 73. 1 GOD! my Supporter and my Hope,

My Help forever near,
Thine arm of mercy held me up,

When sinking in despair. 2 Thy counsels, Lord, shall guide my feet

Through this dark wilderness, Thy hand conduct me near thy seat,

To dwell before thy face. 3 Were I in heaven without my God,

'Twould be no joy to me; And whilst this earth is my abode,

I long for none but thee. 4 What if the springs of life were broke,

And flesh and heart should faint ? God is my soul's eternal Rock,

The Strength of every saint. 5 Behold, the sinners that remove

Far from thy presence die ; Not all the idol gods they love

Can save them when they cry. 6 But to draw near to thee, my God,

Shall be my sweet employ; My tongue shall sound thy works abroad,

And tell the world my joy.

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