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5 Let faith suppress each rising fear,

Each anxious doubt exclude;
My Maker's will has placed me here,

A Maker wise and good.
6 He to my every trial knows

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,
Whose finger marks the seas their bound,

And curbs the rolling tide.

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DODDRIDGE. Wise Use of the Light, before the Night cometh. 1 THE swift-declining day,

How fast its moments fly!
While evening's broad and gloomy shade

Gains on the western sky. 2 Ye mortals, mark its pace,

And use the hours of light;
And know its Maker can command

An instantaneous night. 3 His word blots out the sun

In its meridian blaze,
And cuts from smiling, vigorous youth

The remnant of its days.
4 On the dark mountain's brow

Your feet shall quickly slide,
And from its airy summit dash

Your momentary pride.

5 Give glory to the Lord,

Who rules the whirling sphere;
Submissive at his footstool bow,

And seek salvation there. 6 Then shall new lustre break

Through horror's darkest gloom,
And lead you to unchanging light

In a celestial home.

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Watts. Life the Day of Grace and Hope. 1 LIFE is the time to serve the Lord,

The time to insure the great reward ;
And while the lamp holds out to burn,

The vilest sinner may return.
2 The living know that they must die,

But all the dead forgotten lie;
Their memory and their sense is gone,

Alike unknowing and unknown.
3 Then what my thoughts design to do,

My hands, with all your might pursue,
Since no device nor work is found,
Nor faith nor hope, beneath the ground.

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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,
No cheerful gleam of light appears,
But Nature pours forth all her tears.

2 Yet let the sons of grace revive;

God bids the soul that seeks him live ;
And from the gloomiest shade of night

Calls forth a morning of delight. 3 The seeds of ecstasy unknown

Are in these watered furrows sown;
See the green blades, how thick they rise,

And with fresh verdure bless our eyes ! 4 In secret foldings they contain

Unnumbered ears of golden grain ;
And heaven shall pour its beams around,

Till the ripe harvest load the ground.
5 Then shall the trembling mourner come,

And find his sheaves, and bear them home :
The voice long broke with sighs shall sing,
Till heaven with hallelujahs ring.

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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 ;
There glory without end shall be

The bright reward of faith and love.

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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.

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SECTION Il.

DEATH.

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Logan. Frailty and Mortality of Man. 1 ALL nature dies, and lives again ;

The flower that paints the field,
The trees that crown the mountain's brow,

And boughs and blossoms yield, 2 Resign the honors of their form

At winter's stormy blast,
And leave the naked, leafless plain

A desolated waste.
3 Yet, soon reviving, plants and flowers

Anew shall deck the plain :
The woods shall hear the voice of spring,

And flourish green again.
4 But man forsakes this earthly scene,

Ah! never to return;
Shall any following spring revive

The ashes of the urn?
5 The mighty flood that rolls along

Its torrents to the main,
Can ne'er recall its waters lost

From that abyss again.

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