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199. Zeal. C.M.

The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.-LUKE xvi. 8.

WHILE carnal men with all their Earth's vanities pursue, [might, How slow th' advances which I make, With heaven itself in view.

2 Inspire my soul with holy zeal!
Great God! my love inflame;
Religion without zeal and love
Is but an empty name.

3 To gain the top of Zion's hill,
May I with fervour strive;
And all those powers employ for thee,
Which I from thee derive!


200. Consolation. L.M.

For a small moment have I forsaken thee: but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.-ISAIAH. liv. 7, 8.

When darkness long has veil'd my

And smiling day once more appears,
Then, my REDEEMER! then I find
The folly of my doubts and fears.

2 I chide my unbelieving heart;
And blush that I should ever be
Thus prone to act so base a part,
Or harbour one hard thought of thee!

3 Oh, let me then, at length, be taught
(What I am still so slow to learn,)
That God is love, and changes not,
Nor knows the shadow of a turn.
4 [Sweet truth, and easy to repeat!

But when my faith is sharply try'd,
I find myself a learner yet,-
Unskilful, weak, and apt to slide.

5 But, Lord, thy Spirit's conq'ring sway,
Subdues the disobedient will;
Drives doubt and discontent away,
And thy rebellious worm is still.]

6 Thou art as ready to forgive,
As I am ready to repine;
Thou therefore all the praise receive;
Be shame, and self-abhorrence, mine.


Consolation. C. M.

My meditation of him shall be sweet.-PSALM civ. 34.
WHEN languor and disease invade
This trembling house of clay,
'Tis sweet to look beyond our cage,
And long to fly away.

2 [Sweet to look inward, and attend The comforts of his love;

Sweet to look upward to the place
Where JESUS pleads above.]

3 Sweet to reflect how grace divine
My sins on JESUS laid;
Sweet to remember that his blood
My debt of suff'rings paid.

4 Sweet in his righteousness to stand,
Which makes my soul secure;
Sweet to experience, day by day,
His Spirit's quick'ning power.
5 Sweet on his faithfulness to rest,
Whose love can never end;
Sweet on his covenant of grace,
For all things to depend.

6 Sweet in the confidence of faith,
To trust his firm decrees;
Sweet to lie passive in his hand,
And know no will but his.

7 If such the sweetness of the streams,
What must the fountain be?
Where saints and angels draw their bliss
Immediately from thee!


8 'Tis sweet to rest in lively hope,
That, when my change shall come,
Angels will hover round my bed,
And waft my spirit home.

9 There shall my dis-imprison'd soul
View JESUS and adore;
Be with his likeness satisfy'd,
And grieve and sin no more.

10[Shall see him wear that very flesh,
On which my guilt was lain;
His love intense, his merit fresh,
As tho' but newly slain.]

11 Soon too my slumb'ring dust shall hear The trumpet's quick'ning sound; And by my SAVIOUR's power rebuilt, At his right hand be found.

12 These eyes shall see him in that day,
The GOD that dy'd for me:
And all my rising bones shall say,
Lord, who is like to thee?

13If such the views which grace unfolds, Weak as it is below ;

What raptures must the Church above,
In JESU's presence know!

140 may the unction of these truths, For ever with me stay;

"Till from her "earthly house" dismiss'd, My spirit flies away.


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202. His Influence Desired. C.M.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.-Roм. XV. 13.

GREAT Spirit! by whose mighty power
All creatures live and move,
On us thy benediction shower,
Inspire our souls with love."

2 Hail, source of light! arise and shine, Darkness and doubt dispel ;

Give peace and joy, for we are thine;
In us for ever dwell.

3 From death to life our spirits raise,
Complete redemption bring;
New tongues impart to speak the praise
Of CHRIST, our GoD and King.

4 Thine inward witness bear unknown
To all the world beside;
Exulting then we know and own
Our JESUS glorified.

203. His Influence Desired. C.M.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us.-ROM. v. 5.

COME, Holy Spirit, heav'nly Dove,
With all thy quick'ning pow'rs,
Kindle a flame of sacred love

In these cold hearts of ours,

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