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INSTRUCTION AND CONSOLATION FROM SCRIPTURE.
: 1 LORD! we have made thy word our choice,
Our lasting heritage ;
And keep thy laws in sight,
To guide our actions right.
No treasures so enrich the mind;
Nor shall thy word be sold For loads of silver, well refin'd, Or, heaps of choicest gold.
iÝ 'Tis a broad land of wealth unknown,
Where springs of life arise, Seeds of immortal bliss are sown,
And bidden glory lies :
The best relief that mourners have,
It gives our sorrows ease ; Extends our hope beyond the grave,
And gives eternal peace.
BEHOLD ! the morning sun
Begins his glorious way :
He spreads diviner light;
And guide their steps aright.
How perfect is thy word !
And all thy judgments just : For ever sure thy promise, LORD,
Which we securely trust.
O gracious God ! how plain
Are thy directions giv’n !
But find the path to heav'n!
While, with our heart and tongue,
We spread thy praise abroad; Accept the worship and the song,
Our father and our GOD!
THE BLESSINGS OF THE GOSPEL
God, who, in various methods, told
That sacred volume, which records
There, knowledge of the noblest kind
THE EXCELLENCE AND SUCCESS OF THE GOSPEL:
The heav'ns declare thy glory, LORD!
Sun, moon, and stars, convey thy praise
Thy richest mcrcy here we view,
Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest,
What glory gilds the sacred page!
Majestic, like the sun,
It gives, but borrows none.
The hand that gave it, still supplies
His gracious light and heat; His truths upon the nations rise,
They rise, but never set.
Let everlasting thanks be thine,
For such a bright display, As.makes a world of darkness shine
With beams of heav'nly day.
My heart rejoices to pursue
The paths of truth and love ; Till glory breaks upon my view
In brighter worlds above.