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3 O, seek thy thoughtless servants, Lord,

Nor let us quite forget thy word ;
Our erring souls do thou restore,
And keep us, that we stray no more.

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DODDRIDGE. Inconstancy in Religion. 1 PERPETUAL Source of light and grace,

We hail thy sacred name;
Through every year's revolving round

Thy goodness is the same.
2 On us, all worthless as we are,

Its wondrous mercy pours;
Sure as the heaven's established course,

And plenteous as the showers. 3 Inconstant service we repay,

And treacherous vows renew;
False as the morning's scattering cloud,

And transient as the dew.
4 In flowing tears our guilt we mourn,

And loud implore thy grace
To bear our feeble footsteps on

In all thy righteous ways.
5 Armed with this energy divine,

Our souls shall steadfast move,
And with increasing transport press

On to thy courts above.
6 So, by thy power, the morning sun

Pursues his radiant way,
Brightens each moment in his race,

And shines to perfect day.

411
S. M.

WATTS. Waiting for Pardon and Direction. Ps. 25. 1 I LIFT my soul to God;

My trust is in his name;
Let not my foes, that seek my blood,

Still triumph in my shame. 2 From the first dawning light

Till the dark evening rise,
For thy salvation, Lord, I wait

With ever-longing eyes. 3 Remember all thy grace,

And lead me in thy truth;
Forgive the sins of riper days,

And follies of my youth. 4 The Lord is just and kind;

The meek shall learn his ways,
And every humble sinner find

The methods of his grace. 5 For his own goodness' sake

He saves my soul from shame;
He pardons, though my guilt be great,

Through my Redeemer's name.

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J. TAYLOR. Sins confessed and mourned. 1 GOD of mercy, God of love,

Hear our sad, repentant song;
Sorrow dwells on every face,
Penitence on every tongue.

2 Deep regret for follies past,

Talents wasted, time misspent ; Hearts debased by worldly cares,

Thankless for the blessings lent; 3 Foolish fears and fond desires,

Vain regrets for things as vain ; Lips too seldom taught to praise,

Oft to murmur and complain ; 4 These, and every secret fault,

Filled with grief and shame, we own; Humbled at thy feet we lie,

Seeking pardon from thy throne. 5 God of mercy, God of grace,

Hear our sad, repentant songs; O, restore thy suppliant race,

Thou to whom all praise belongs.

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F. Davison. Ps. 86. 1 SAVE my soul, which thou didst cherish

Until now, now like to perish;
Save thy servant, that hath none

Help, nor hope, but thee alone. 2 Send, O send relieving gladness

To my soul oppressed with sadness,
Which, from clog of earth set free,

Winged with zeal springs up to thee. 3 Heavenly Tutor, of thy kindness

Teach my dulness, guide my blindness,
That my steps thy paths may tread,
Which to endless bliss do lead.

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4 In knots to be loosed never,

Knit my heart to thee forever,
That I to thy name may bear

Fearful love and loving fear.
5 Thy kind look no more deny me,

But with eyes of mercy eye me;
O give me, thy slave, at length,
Easing aid or bearing strength.

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Watts.
Seeking Pardon and Aid. Ps. 51.
1 O THOU that hear'st when sinners cry,

Though all my crimes before thee lie,
Behold them not with angry look,

But blot their memory from thy book.
2 Create my nature pure within,

And form my soul averse to sin ;
Let thy good Spirit ne'er depart,

Nor hide thy presence from my heart.
3 I cannot live without thy light,

Cast out and banished from thy sight;
Thy holy joys, my God, restore,

And guard me that I fall no more.
4 A broken heart, iny God, my King,

Is all the sacrifice I bring :
The God of grace will ne'er despise

A broken heart for sacrifice.
5 O, may thy love inspire my tongue !

Salvation shall be all my song;
And all my powers shall join to bless
The Lord, my Strength and Righteousness.

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TATE & BRADY. The accepted Worshipper. Ps. 15. 1 LORD, who's the happy man, that may

To thy blest courts repair
Not stranger-like, to visit them,

But to inhabit there?

2 'Tis he whose every thought and deed

By rules of virtue moves; Whose generous tongue disdains to speak

The thing his heart disproves; 3 Who never did a slander forge,

His neighbor's fame to wound, Nor hearken to a false report,

By malice whispered round;
4 Who vice, in all its pomp and power,

Can treat with just neglect,
And piety, though clothed in rags,

Religiously respect;
5 Who to his plighted vows and trust

Has ever firmly stood ;
And, though he promise to his loss,

He makes his promise good;
6 The man who by this steady course

Has happiness insured,
When earth's foundation shakes, shall stand,

By Providence secured.

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