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1 NOW let a true ambition rise,
And ardor fire our breast,
To reign in worlds above the skies,
In heavenly glories dressed.
2 Behold Jehovah's royal hand
A radiant crown display,
Whose gems with vivid lustre shine,
While suns and stars decay.
3 Ye hearts, with youthful vigor warm,
The glorious prize pursue ;
Nor shall ye want the goods of earth,
While heaven is kept in view.
For Steadiness of Principle.
1 AMIDST a world of hopes and fears,
A wild of cares, and toils, and tears,
Where foes alarm, and dangers threat,
And pleasures kill, and glories cheat :
2 Shed down, O Lord ' a heavenly ray
To guide me in the doubtful way ;
And o'er me hold thy shield of power,
To guard me in the dangerous hour.
3 Teach me the flattering paths to shun,
In which the thoughtless many run,
Who for a shade the substance miss,
And grasp their ruin in their bliss.
4 May never pleasure, wealth, or pride
Allure my wandering soul aside ;
But, through this maze of mortal ill,
Safe lead me to thy heavenly hill.
The Mourner comforted.
1 O, WEEP not for the joys that fade
Like evening lights away,
For hopes that, like the stars decayed,
Have left thy mortal day;
The clouds of sorrow will depart,
And brilliant skies be given ;
For bliss awaits the holy heart,
Amid the bowers of heaven.
2 O, weep not for the friends that pass
Into the lonely grave,
As breezes sweep the withered grass
Along the restless wave ;
For though thy pleasures may depart,
And mournful days be given ;
Yet bliss awaits the holy heart,
When friends rejoin in heaven.
Future Peace and Glory of the Church.
1 HEAR what God, the Lord, hath spoken :
O my people, faint and few,
Comfortless, afflicted, broken,
Fair abodes I build for you ;
Scenes of heartfelt tribulation
Shall no more perplex your ways;
You shall name your walls salvation,
And your gates shall all be praise.
2 There, like streams that feed the garden,
Pleasures without end shall flow ;
For the Lord, your faith rewarding,
All his bounty shall bestow ;
Still in undisturbed possession
Peace and righteousness shall reign :
Never shall you feel oppression,
Hear the voice of war again.
3 Ye, no more your suns descending,
Waning moons no more shall see :
But, your griefs for ever ending,
Find eternal noon in me ;
God shall rise, and, shining o'er you,
Change to day the gloom of night;
He, the Lord, shall be your glory,
God your everlasting light.
1 WHEN spirits from their cumbering clay
Ascend to heaven’s bright shore,
Our hoping hearts with triumph say, -
“Not lost, but gone before.”
2 Then calmly may our spirits bow
Beneath affliction’s rod ;
Who, who would murmur that his friend
Is safe in joy and God 908. H. M. ANoNYMoUs
BY us the seed is sown, –
Thy blessing, Lord, bestow ;
The power is thine alone
To make it spring and grow :
Do thou the gracious harvest raise,
And thou alone shalt have the praise.
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