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When fainting in the sultry waste,

And parch’d with thirst extreme, The weary pilgrim longs to taste

The cool, refreshing stream:

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Should, sudden, to his hopeless eye

A crystal spring appear, How would the stream his want supply,

His drooping spirits cheer!

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So longs the weary fainting mind,

Opprest with sins and woes, Some heart-reviving spring to find,

Whence heav'nly comfort flows.

IV

Thus sweet, the consolations are

The promises iinpart;
Here flowing streams of life appear,

To cheer the fainting heart.

THE WATCHFUL CHRISTIAN.

I.
Ye servants of the LORD!

Each in his ofńce wait,
Observant of his heav'nly word,

And watchful at his gate.

II

Let all your lamps be bright,

And trim the golden flame: Gird up your loins, as in his sight,

For awful is his name,

III

Watch ! 'tis your Lord's command;

And while we speak, he's near : Mark the first signal of his hand,

And ready all appear.

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O happy servant he,

In such a posture found !
He shall his LORD with rapture see,

And be with honour crown'd.

A GOOD CONSCIENCE THE BEST SUPPORT.

I

While some, in folly, pleasures find,
And court the joys which hurt the mind;
Be mine, that silent calm repast
A peaceful conscience, to the last :

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Though heav'n afflict, I 'll not repine :
The noblest comforts still are mine ;
Comforts which over death prevail,
And travel with me through this vale.

III

Amidst the various scenes of ills,
Each stroke some kind design fulfils :
And shall I murmur at my GOD,
When love supreme directs the rod ?

IV

His hand will smooth my rugged way,
And lead me to the realms of day ;
To milder skies and brighter plains,
Where everlasting pleasure reigns.

THE CHANGES OF HUMAN LIFE APPOINTED BY GOD.

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As various as the moon

Is man's estate below :
To his bright day of gladness, soon

Succeeds a night of woe.

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The night of woe resigns

Its darkness and its grief;
Again the morn of comfort shines,
And brings our mind relief.

III
Yet not from fickle chance

These varying scenes arise :
Our dark and brighter hours advance,
By laws supremely wise.

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Let man conform his mind

To ev'ry changing state :
Be joyful now, and now resign'd,

And the great issue wait.

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Hopeful and humble, bear

His evil and his good;
Nor by presumption, nor despair,

Weak mortal ! be subdu'd.

JOY AND PROSPERITY FROM THE BLESSING OF GOD.

I

Shine on thy creatures, mighty GOD!

With rays of mercy shine;
O let thy favour crown our days,

And our whole course be thine !

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Did we not raise our hearts to thee,

Our hands might toil in vain ; Small joy success itself could give,

Didst thou thy love restrain.

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With thee let ev'ry week begin,

With thee each day be spent ;
For thee each fleeting hour improv’d,

Since each by thee is lent.

IV

Thus cheer us through this dang'rous road,

Till all our labours cease ;
And heav'n refresh our fainting hearts

With everlasting peace.

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