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2 Since thou hast bid me come to thee,
(Good as thou art, and strong to save,)
I'll walk o'er life's tempestuous sea,

Upborne by the unyielding wave;
Dauntless, though rocks of pride be near,
And yawning whirlpools of despair.
3 When darkness intercepts the skies,
And sorrow's waves around me roll,
And high the storms of troubles rise,

And half o'erwhelm my sinking soul
My soul a sudden calm shall feel,
And hear a whisper,-Peace; be still!
4 Though in affliction's furnace tried,

Unhurt, on snares and death I'll tread;
Though sin assail, and hell, thrown wide,
Pour all its flames upon my head,
Like Moses' bush I'll mount the higher,
And flourish, unconsumed, in fire.

794

It is I; be not afraid.

In soothing accents Jesus said,-
Lo, it is I; be not afraid.

L. M.

HEN

divine in mortal form

W Hush'd with a word the raging storm,

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2 So when in silence nature sleeps,
And lonely watch the mourner keeps,
One thought shall every pang remove-
Trust, feeble man, thy Maker's love.

3 God calms the tumult and the storm;
He rules the seraph and the worm:
No creature is by him forgot

Of those who know, or know him not.

4 And when the last dread hour shall come,

And shudd'ring nature wait her doom,
This voice shall wake the pious dead,-
Lo, it is I; be not afraid.

795

L. M.

His loving kindness is better than life. GOD, thou art my God alone; Early to thee my soul shall cry; A pilgrim in a land unknown,

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A thirsty land, whose springs are dry.

2 Thee, in the watches of the night, When I remember on my bed, Thy presence makes the darkness light; Thy guardian wings are round my head. 3 Better than life itself, thy love; Dearer than all beside to me; For whom have I in heaven above,

Or what on earth, compared with thee? 4 Praise with my heart, my mind, my voice, For all thy mercy I will give; My soul shall still in God rejoice,—

My tongue shall bless thee while I live. 12th P. M. 76, 76, 78, 76.

796

Jesus, the same yesterday, to-day, and forever.
AST on the fidelity

CAST

Of my redeeming Lord,
I shall his salvation see,
According to his word:
Credence to his word I give;

My Saviour in distresses past
Will not now his servant leave,

But bring me through at last. 2 Better than my boding fears

To me thou oft hast proved; Oft observed my silent tears,

And challenged thy beloved: Mercy to my rescue flew,

And death ungrasp'd his fainting prey; Pain before thy face withdrew, And sorrow fled away.

3 Now as yesterday the same,
In all my troubles nigh,
Jesus, on thy word and name
I steadfastly rely:
Sure as now the grief I feel,

The promised joy I soon shall have;
Saved again, to sinners tell
Thy power and will to save.

4 To thy blessed will resign'd,
And stay'd on that alone,
I thy perfect strength shall find,—
Thy faithful mercies own;
Compass'd round with songs of praise,
My all to my Redeemer give;
Spread thy miracles of grace,
And to thy glory live.

STEADFASTNESS AND GROWTH IN GRACE.

C. M.

797

Vanity of earthly enjoyments.

HOW

OW vain are all things here below;
How false, and yet how fair!
Each pleasure hath its poison too,
And every sweet a snare.

2 The brightest things below the sky Give but a flatt'ring light;

We should suspect some danger nigh,
Where we possess delight.

3 Our dearest joys, and nearest friends,
The partners of our blood,
How they divide our wav'ring minds,
And leave but half for God.

4 The fondness of a creature's love,
How strong it strikes the sense;
Thither the warm affections move,
Nor can we call them thence.

5 My Saviour, let thy beauties be
My soul's eternal food;
And grace command my heart away
From all created good.

798

VAIN

9th P. M. 87, 87, 87, 87. Worldly pleasures renounced. AIN are all terrestrial pleasures; Mix'd with dross the purest gold; Seek we then for heavenly treasures,— Treasures never waxing old. Let our best affections centre

On the things around the throne: There no thief can ever enter;

Moth and rust are there unknown.

2 Earthly joys no longer please us; Here would we renounce them all; Seek our only rest in Jesus,

Him our Lord and Master call. Faith, our languid spirits cheering,

Points to brighter worlds above; Bids us look for his appearing;

Bids us triumph in his love.

3 May our light be always burning, And our loins be girded round, Waiting for our Lord's returning,

Longing for the welcome sound. Thus the Christian life adorning,

Never need we be afraid,
Should he come at night or morning,
Early dawn, or evening shade.

799

Self-consecration.

ORD, in the strength of grace,
With a glad heart and free,
Myself, my residue of days,
I consecrate to thee.

2 Thy ransom❜d servant, I
Restore to thee thine own;
And from this moment live or die,
To serve my God alone.

S. M.

800

12th P. M. 76, 76, 78, 76.

Determined to know nothing but Jesus and him crucified.
AIN, delusive world, adieu,
With all of creature good:
Only Jesus I pursue,

VAIN

Who bought me with his blood:
All thy pleasures I forego;

I trample on thy wealth and pride;
Only Jesus will I know,
And Jesus crucified.

2 Other knowledge I disdain;
"Tis all but vanity:

Christ, the Lamb of God, was slain,-
He tasted death for me.
Me to save from endless wo

The sin-atoning Victim died:
Only Jesus will I know,
And Jesus crucified.

3 Here will I set up my rest;
My fluctuating heart
From the haven of his breast
Shall never more depart:
Whither should a sinner go?

His wounds for me stand open wide;

Only Jesus will I know,
And Jesus crucified.

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