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And those who from the precept stray,
To misery and ruin run.
Be tender, generous, and kind ;
And chase the sorrows from their mind.
C.M. 1 THE wishes that the sluggard frames,
Of course must fruitless prove;
But has no heart to move.
The fence is broken through,
And no good crop in view.
No difficulty meet;
Of lions in the street.
Distress and famine bring ? Can he in harvest hope to reap
Who will not sow in spring ? 184 Tenderness and Mercy. 7's.
1 SWEET it is to see a child
Tender, merciful, and mild ;
2 Grieving that the world should be
Such a scene of misery,-
For transgressions not their own. 3 If the creatures must be slain,
Thankless sinners to sustain,
. Treat them gently when they die ; 4 Spare them while they yield their breath;
Double not the pains of death ;
God accounts the stroke a crime.' 5 God is love, and never can
Smile upon a cruel man;
Where His Spirit deigns to rest. 185 True Beauty (Prov. xxxi. 30). 1 How oft the youthful and the fair
Pursue some dangerous way, And find that beauty is a snare
To tempt their feet astray !
So pleasing to behold,
And heaps of shining gold.
The creature of a day;
And soon it flies away.
4 But that rich gift, the fear of God,
Ensnaring pride dispels ;
True beauty also dwells. 186 Earthly Prospects Deceitful. 7's double. 1 OFT in vain the voice of truth
Solemnly and loudly warns ; Thoughtless, inexperienced youth,
Though it hears, the warning scorns ; Youth in Fancy's glass surveys
Life prolonged to distant years, While the vast imagined space
Filled with sweets and joys appears. 2 Awful disappointment soon
Overclouds the prospect gay ; Some their sun goes down at noon,
Torn by Death's strong hand away : Where are then their pleasing schemes ?
Where the joys they hoped to find ? Gone for ever, like their dreams,
Leaving not a trace behind. 3 Others, who are spared awhile,
Live to weep o'er Fancy's cheat ; Find distress, and pain, and toil,
Bitter things instead of sweet : Sin has spread a curse around,
Poisoned all things here below; On this base polluted ground
Peace and joy can never grow.
187 Remember now thy Creator. 7.6. 1 'REMEMBER thy Creator' In life's
Its furrows on thy brow :
And care is distant yet,
Thy Maker to forget.
The God who gave thee birth,
On this His beauteous earth ;
And evil days appear,
Tell that the night is near. 3 'Remember thy Creator
The God who reigns above ;
And heaven is in His love.
Dawn on thy youthful heart,
When earth’s fair joys depart ! LIFE AND PRIVILEGES OF BELIEVERS. 188
We're sorry and repent ;
Yet still go on, from day to day,
Just as we always went.
The sins we loved before,
By doing so no more. 189 The Touch of Faith.
7's. 1 As the Saviour passed along,
Many people did Him throng;
Therefore Jesus did not heed.
press ; All physicians else had failed,
But the touch of faith prevailed. 3 All who feel their need of grace Seek the mighty Saviour's
face ; And to power His love is joined
All who truly seek shall find.
Rest, and health, and peace imparts;
The Fear of God.
L.M. 1 THERE is a fear that knows no dread,
A filial, childlike, godly fear :