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SINCERITY AND PERSEVERANCE IN RELIGION.

I

Thou art my portion, O my GOD !

Soon as I know thy way, My heart makes haste t’obey thy word,

And suffers no delay.

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I choose the path of heav'nly truth,

And glory in my choice; Not all the riches of the earth

Could make me so rejoice.

III

The testimonies of thy love

I set before inine eyes;
I hence I derive my daily strength,

And there my comfort lies.

IV

Whene'er I wander from thy path,

I'll think upon my ways ;
Then turn my feet to thy commands,
And trust thy pard'ning love.

V
Thou hast inclin'd this heart of mine

Thy statutes to full :
And thus, till mortal life shall end,

Wou'd I perform thy will.

FIDELITY IN THE CAUSE OF TRUTH AND VIRTUE.

I

SHALL we forsake that heav'nly Friend, On whom our noblest hopes depend? Forbid it, that our wand'ring heart From God and virtue should depart !

IL

First let the pulse of life stand still,
Ere we forget our father's will;
Ere we submit to guilty shame,
And bring dishonour on his name.

III

Faithful to him and to his laws,
With zeal we would maintain his cause,
The cause of truth and righteousness,
'Midst trial, suff'ring, and distress.

IV
If e'er we're call'd t'encounter death
For him ; may we resign our breath ;
And reap, at last, the great reward
Which waits the servants of the LORD.

BENEVOLENCE.

I

Hail, source of pleasures ever new !
While thy kind dictates we pursue,

We taste a joy sincere ;
Too high for little minds to know,
Who on themselves alone bestow

Their wishes and their care.

II

By thee inspir’d, the gen'rous breast,
In blessing others only blest ;

With kindness large and free,
Delights the widow's tears to stay,
To teach the blind their smoothest way,

And aid the feeble knee.

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O GOD! with sympathetic care,
In others' joys and griefs to share,

Do thou our hearts incline;
Each low, each selfish wish control,
Warm with benevolence our soul,

And make us wholly thine.

SENSIBILITY TO THE DISTRESSES OF OTHERS.

I

HARD and unfeeling is his heart,

And dark his inmost soul,
Who never knew the gen'rous force

Of pity's kind control.

II

The social feelings of the breast

To bim no joy impart ;
While low and sordid cares contract

The motions of his heart.

II

But oh! how truly blest is he,

Whose heart is all benign; Touch'd with the sweet attractive pow'r

Of sympathy divine !

IV

What solid joy, what calm delight

Possess his manly mind, That glows with tenderness and love

To all of human kind!

V

May we be ready, LORD! to all

Our cheerful aid to lend ;
And, while in others' joys we share,

Still be the suff'rer's friend !

SYMPATHY.

I
Far from thy servants, gracious GOD!

Th' unfeeling heart remove,
And form in our obedient hearts

The image of thy love.

IL

O may our sympathizing breasts

The gen'rous pleasure know, Kindly to share in others' joy,

And weep for others' woe!

III

Where'er the helpless sons of grief

In low distress are laid,
Prompt be our hearts their pains to feel,
And swift our hands to aid.

IV.
O! be the law of love fulfill'd

In ev'ry act and thought;
Each angry passion far remov’d,

Each selfish view forgot.

V

Be thou, my heart! extended wide

With this affection kind;
And, in one grasp of fervent love,

All earth and heay'n combine.

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