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5 Let faith suppress each rising fear,
Each anxious doubt exclude;
A Maker wise and good.
Its just restraint to give; Attentive to behold my woes,
And faithful to relieve. 7 Though griefs unnumbered throng thee round,
Still in thy God confide,
And curbs the rolling tide.
DODDRIDGE. Wise Use of the Light, before the Night cometh. 1 THE swift-declining day,
How fast its moments fly!
Gains on the western sky. 2 Ye mortals, mark its pace,
And use the hours of light;
An instantaneous night. 3 His word blots out the sun
In its meridian blaze,
The remnant of its days.
Your feet shall quickly slide,
Your momentary pride.
5 Give glory to the Lord,
Who rules the whirling sphere;
And seek salvation there. 6 Then shall new lustre break
Through horror's darkest gloom,
In a celestial home.
Watts. Life the Day of Grace and Hope. 1 LIFE is the time to serve the Lord,
The time to insure the great reward ;
The vilest sinner may return.
But all the dead forgotten lie;
Alike unknowing and unknown.
My hands, with all your might pursue,
DODDRIDGE. The weeping Seed-Time and joyful Harvest. Ps. cxxvi. 5, 6. 1 THE darkened sky, how thick it lowers !
Troubled with storms, and big with showers,
2 Yet let the sons of grace revive;
God bids the soul that seeks him live ;
Calls forth a morning of delight. 3 The seeds of ecstasy unknown
Are in these watered furrows sown;
And with fresh verdure bless our eyes ! 4 In secret foldings they contain
Unnumbered ears of golden grain ;
Till the ripe harvest load the ground.
And find his sheaves, and bear them home :
CowPER. The narrow Way. 1 WHAT thousands never knew the road!
What thousands hate it when 'tis known! None but the chosen tribes of God
Will seek or choose it for their own. 2 A thousand ways in ruin end :
One only leads to joys on high ; By that my willing steps ascend,
Pleased with a journey to the sky. 3 No more I ask or hope to find
Delight or happiness below; Sorrow may well possess the mind
That feeds where thorns and thistles grow. 4 The joy that fades is not for me;
I seek immortal joys above ;
The bright reward of faith and love.
DODDRIDGE. The Wisdom of redeeming Time. 1 GOD of eternity, from thee
Did infant Time his being draw; Moments and days, and inonths and years,
Revolve by thine unvaried law. Silent and slow they glide away;
Steady and strong the current flows, Lost in eternity's wild sea,
The boundless gulf, from whence it rose. 3 With it the thoughtless sons of men
Before the rapid stream are borne On to that everlasting home,
Whence not one soul can e'er return. 4 Yet while the shore, on either side,
Presents a gaudy, flattering show, We gaze, in fond amusement lost,
Nor think to what a world we go. 5 Great Source of wisdom, teach my heart
To know the price of every hour; That time may bear me on to joys
Beyond its measure, and its power.
Logan. Frailty and Mortality of Man. 1 ALL nature dies, and lives again ;
The flower that paints the field,
And boughs and blossoms yield, 2 Resign the honors of their form
At winter's stormy blast,
A desolated waste.
Anew shall deck the plain :
And flourish green again.
Ah! never to return;
The ashes of the urn?
Its torrents to the main,
From that abyss again.