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4 See the kind angels at the gates,

Inviting us to come ;
There Jesus, the Forerunner, waits,

To welcome travellers home.

5 There, on a green and flowery mount,

Our weary souls shall sit,
And with transporting joys recount

The labors of our feet.

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DODDRIDGE.

The Blind and Weak led in God's Ways. ls. xlii. 16.

1 PRAISE to the radiant Source of bliss,

Who gives the blind their sight,
And scatters round their wondering eyes

A flood of sacred light.
2 In paths unknown he leads them on

To his divine abode,
And shows new miracles of grace

Through all the heavenly road.
3 The ways, all rugged and perplexed,

He renders smooth and straight, And strengthens every feeble knee

To march to Zion's gate. 4 Through all the path I'll sing his name,

Till I the mount ascend, Where toils and storms are known no more,

And anthems never end.

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WATTS.

Israel led to Canaan and Christians to Heaven. Ps. 107

1 GIVE thanks to God; he reigns above;

Kind are his thoughts, his name is love;
His mercy ages past have known,

And ages long to come shall own. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord

The wonders of his grace record
Israel, the nation whom he chose,

And rescued from their mighty foes. 3 In their distress, to God they cried ;

God was their Savior and their Guide ; He led their march far wandering round;

'Twas the right path to Canaan's ground. 4 Thus, when our first release we gain

From sin's old yoke and Satan's chain,
We have this desert world to pass,

A dangerous and a tiresome place.
5 He feeds and clothes us all the way ;

He guides our footsteps, lest we stray ;
He guards us with a powerful hand,

And brings us to the heavenly land. 6 0, let the saints with joy record

The truth and goodness of the Lord ;
How great his works! how kind his ways !
Let every tongue pronounce his praise.

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DODDRIDGE. The High-Way to Zion. 1 SING, ye redeemed of the Lord,

Your great Deliverer sing ;
Pilgrims for Zion's city bound,

Be joyful in your King.
2 See the fair way his hand hath raised,

How holy, and how plain!
Nor shall the simplest travellers err,

Nor ask the track in vain.

3 No ravening lion shall destroy,

Nor lurking serpent wound;
Pleasure and safety, peace and praise,

Through all the path are found. 4 A hand divine shall lead you on

Through all the blissful road,
Till to the sacred mount you rise,

And see your smiling God.
5 There garlands of immortal joy

Shall bloom on every head,
While sorrow, sighing, and distress,

Like shadows, all are fled.
6 March on in your Redeemer's strength;

Pursue his footsteps still ;
And let the prospect cheer your eye
While laboring up the hill.

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DODDRIDGE. Singing in the Ways of God. Ps. cxxxviii. 5. 1 NOW let our voices join

To form one pleasant song;
Ye pilgrims, in Jehovah's ways,

With music pass along.
2 How straight the path appears!
How open,

and how fair!
No lurking gins to entrap our feet,

No fierce destroyer there ; — 3 But flowers of paradise

In rich profusion spring;
The sun of glory gilds the path,

Aud dear companions sing. 4 See Salem's golden spires

In beauteous prospect rise,
And brighter crowns than mortals wear,

Which sparkle through the skies. 5 All honor to his name,

Who drew the shining trace;
To him who leads the wanderers on,

And cheers them with his grace.

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DODDRIDGE. This Life leading to another. 1 BEHOLD the path that mortals tread

Down to the regions of the dead ;
Nor will the fieeting moments stay,
Nor can we measure back our way.

2 Our kindred and our friends are gone;

Know, O my soul, this doom thy own;
Feeble as theirs my mortal frame,

The same my way, my house the same. 3 From vital air, from cheerful light,

To the cold grave's perpetual night,
From scenes of duty, means of grace,

Must I to God's tribunal pass.
4 Awake, my soul, thy way prepare,

And lose in this each mortal care;
With steady feet that path be trod,
Which through the grave conducts to God.

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MERRICK. The Trials of Virtue. 1 PLACED on the verge of youth, my mind

Life's opening scene surveyed; I viewed its ills of various kinds,

Afficted and afraid.
2 But chief my fear the dangers moved

That virtue's path enclose ;
My heart the wise pursuit approved,

But, 0, what toils oppose !
3 For, see, while yet her unknown ways

With doubtful step I tread,
A hostile world its terrors raise,

Its snares delusive spread.
4 O, how shall I, with heart prepared,

Those terrors learn to meet ?
How from the thousand snares to guard

My inexperienced feet?

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