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O! that thy statutes ev'ry hour
Might dwell upon my mind! Thence shou'd I feel a quick’ning pow'r,
And daily peace shou'd find.
To meditate thy precepts, LORD !
Shall be my chief employ; I never will forget thy word,
But make it all my joy.
Fain would I run in thy commands,
If thou my heart discharge From each bad passion's hateful bands,
And set my feet at large.
My lips, with courage, shall declare
Thy statutes and thy name, Whatever loss, or scorn, I bear;
Nor yield to fear, or shame.
Let those depart, who wish to draw
My hand or heart to ill; l'll keep my maker's holy law,
And bow to all his will.
The Lord my pasture shall prepare,
When in the sultry glebe I faint,
Though in a bare and rugged way,
Though in the paths of death I tread,
MÅN MORTAL, AND GOD ETERNAL,
Through ev'ry age, eternal GOD!
Ah! what is life in all its pride ?
Hark! the glad tidings ! Jesus.comcs;
Messiah promis'd long :
And every voice a song !
On him the spirit, largely shed,
Exerts its sacred fire : Wisdom and pow'r, and zeal and love,
His holy breast inspire,
He comes, from galling chains of vice,
To free the captive mind;
Of truth upon the mind.
He comes with blessings for the meek,
The broken heart to cure ;
T'enrich the humble poor.
Glory to God! who reigns on high,
And heav'nly peace on earth ; Good will to man, to angels joy,
At the messiah's birth.
CHRIST THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
Behold! the prince of peace !
The chosen of the LORD ! God's well-beloved son ! fulfils
The sure prophetic word.
No royal pomp adorns
This king of righteousness; Meckness and patience, truth and love
Compose his princely dress.
Jesus, the light of men !
His doctrine life imparts ;
To warm and glad our hearts !
Cheer'd by its beams, our lives
Shall speed the heav'nly way:
Will lead to endless day.