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DESIRE OF HOLINESS..
O! that the LORD would guide my ways,
To keep his statutes still ! O! that my God would grant me help,
To know and do his will !
In deepest characters impress
Thy law upon my heart ! Nor let my tongue the truth transgress,
Nor act the sland'rer's part.
From vanity turn off mine eyes ;
Let no corrupt design, Nor covetous desire, arise
Within this heart of mine.
Assist my heart, too apt to stray,
A stricter watch to keep ;
" Restore thy wand'ring sheep.
Make me to walk in thy commands,
'Tis a delightful road ; Nor let my head, or heart, or hands,
Offend against my GOD.
Thy mercies fill the earth, O LORD!
! Open our eyes to read thy word,
And see thy wonders there.
Our hearts were fashion'd by thy hand;
Our service is thy due ;
The duties they must do.
Since we are strangers here below,
Let not our path be hid,
If God to us his statutes shew,
And heav'nly truth impart, His work for ever we'll pursue,
His law shall rule our heart.
And when we've learnt our father's will,
We'll teach the world his ways: Our thankful lips, inspir'd with zeal, Shall loud pronounce his praise.
THE BLESSEDNESS OF TAB RIGHTEOUS.
Blest are the undefil'd in heart,
Whose ways are right and clean ; Who never from thy law depart,
But fly from ev'ry sin.
Blest are the men who keep thy word,
And practise thy commands: With their whole heart they seek thee,LORD!
And serve thee with their hands.
Great is their peace who love thy law;
How firm do they abide !
Their steadiness aside.
Then shall our hearts have inward joy,
And we be kept from shame, When all thy statutes we obey',
And honour thy great name.
Hear what the voice from heav'n proclaims
For all the pious dead !
And soft their sleeping bed.
They sleep in Jesus, and are bless’d:
How kind their slumbers are ! From suff'rings, and from sins, releas’d,
And freed from ev'ry snare.
Far from this world of toil and strife,
They ’re safe in thee, O LORD! The labours of their mortal life
Close in a large reward.
REFLECTIONS ON DEATH,
Yet a few years, or days, perhaps,
Yet, dumb with wonder, I behold
Great cause of all, above, below!