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MRS. BARBAULD. Vigilance amidst Temptations. 1 AWAKE, my soul ; lift up thine eyes;
See where thy foes against thee rise,
Awake, my soul, or thou art lost.
Perils and snares beset thee round;
But most the traitor in thy heart.
The weight of thine immortal shield;
Of heavenly truth and heavenly love. 4 The terror and the charm repel,
And powers of earth, and powers of hell ;
MRS. STEELE The Christian's Resolution. 1 AH, wretched souls, who strive in vain,
Slaves to the world, and slaves to sin ! A nobler toil may I sustain,
A nobler satisfaction win. 2 May I resolve with all my heart,
With all my powers, to serve the Lord, Nor from his precepts e'er depart,
Whose service is a rich reward.
3 O, be his service all my joy;
Around let my example shine, Till others love the blest employ,
And join in labors so divine. 4 Be this the purpose of my soul,
My solemn, my determined choice, To yield to his supreme control,
And in his kind commands rejoice. 6 0, may I never faint nor tire,
Nor, wandering, leave his sacred ways; Great God, accept my soul's desire,
And give me strength to live thy praise.
DODDRIDGE. The Light of good Examples. 1 GREAT Teacher of thy church, we own
Thy precepts all divinely wise :
To fix them still before our eyes. 2 Deep on our hearts thy law engrave,
And fill our breasts with heavenly zeal, That, while we trust thy power to save,
We may that sacred law fulfil. 3 Adorned with every heavenly grace,
May our examples brightly shine, And the sweet lustre of thy face
Reflected beam from each of thine. 4 These lineaments, divinely fair,
Our heavenly Father shall proclaim ; And men, that view his image there, Shall join to glorify his name.
ENFIELD. Compassion and Forgiveness. 1 I HEAR the voice of woe !
I hear a brother's sigh!
With tears of love, my eye. 2 I hear the thirsty cry!
The hungry beg for bread!
My hand its bounty shed. 3 The debtor humbly sues,
Who would but cannot pay ;
Who need it every day? 4 Shall not my wrath relent,
Touched by that humble strain,
Nor will offend again"? 5 If not, how shall I dare
Appear before thy face,
For thy forgiving grace ?
And growing crimes appear,
With sorrow and with fear.
2 Yet when its waves most fiercely beat,
And spread destruction wide;
To stem the roaring tide.
Thy sacred cause to plead ;
That thou art God indeed.
And there thy power display ;
To draw us from thy way.
1 0, 'TIS a lovely thing to see
A man of prudent heart,
To act a useful part.
In little, angry souls,
And quench the kindling coals. 3 Their minds are humble, mild, and meek,
Nor let their fury rise ;
Nor pride exalts their eyes. 4 Their frame is prudence mixed with love;
Good works fulfil their day;
But cast the sting away.
The Christian encouraged.
1 GIVE to the winds thy fears;
Hope, and be undismayed ; God hears thy sighs, and counts thy tears;
God shall lift up thy head. 2 Through waves, through clouds and storms,
He gently clears thy way;
Soon end in joyous day. 3 He every where hath rule,
And all things serve his might ; His every act pure blessing is,
His path unsullied light.
Yet earth and heaven tell,
He ruleth all things well.
Our hearts are known to thee;
Confirm the feeble knee !
6 Let us, in life or death,
Boldly thy truth declare,
Thy love and guardian care.