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LORD! not to earth's contracted span
Thy goodness let me bound; Or think thee LORD alone of man,
When thousand worlds are round.
Let not this weak, unknowing hand
Presume thy bolts to throw; And deal dannation round the land,
On each I judge thy foe.
If I am right, thine aid impart,
Still in the right to stay : If I am wrong, o teach my
heart To find that better way.
Save me alike from foolish pride,
Or impious discontent
Or aught thy goodness lent.
Teach me to feel another's woc,
To hide the fault I see: That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.
THE RIGHT AND DUTY OF PRIVATE JUDGMENT.
IMPOSTURE shrinks from light,
Ard dreads the curious eye:
A meck, inquiring mind;
But hidden treasures find.
With understanding blest,
Created to be free,
Subject to none but thee.
O LORD ! our spirit lead,
With soundest knowledge fill; From noxious error guard our creed,
From prejudice, our will.
The truth, once learnt, impress
On our obedient hearts; And help us firmly to profess
'Gainst all seducing arts.
LOVE FOR ALL MANKIND.
O GOD! my father, and my king ! Of all I have, or hope, the spring; Thy choicest gift send from above; And warm my heart with holy love.
May I from ev'ry act abstain,
With pity let my breast o'erflow, When I behold á brother's woe; And bear a sympathizing part, Whene'er I meet a wounded heart.
And let another's prosp'rous state
Let love in all my conduct shine,
If high or low our station be,
Eurich'd with that, no want we 'll fear, Thy providence shall be our trust; Thou wilt provide our portion here, Thou friend and guardian of the just !
Oh! may we, with sincere delight,
Such virtue thou wilt not forget,
O GOD! thou spirit, just and wise,
Who seest our inmost mind :
And leave our hearts behind.
Nothing but truth before thy throne
With favour can appear:
Through each disguise they wear.
Their lifted eyes salute the skies,
Their bending knces, the ground; But thou abhorr'st the sacrifice,
Where not the heart is found.
Lord ! search our thoughts, and tryour ways,
And make our hearts sincere : Then shall we in thy presence stand,
And find acceptance there.