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1054

Renewing the covenant.
YOME, let us use the grace divine,

And all, with one accord,
In a perpetual cov’nant join

Ourselves to Christ the Lord ;2 Give up ourselves, through Jesus' power,

His Name to glorify;
And promise, in this sacred hour,

For God to live and die.
3 The cov'nant we this moment make

Be ever kept in mind;
We will no more our God forsake,

Or cast his words behind.
4 We never will throw off his fear,

Who hears our solemn vow;
And if thou art well pleased to hear,

Come down, and meet us now.
5 Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

Let all our hearts receive; Present with the celestial host,

The peaceful answer give. 6 To each the cov’nant blood apply,

Which takes our sins away; And register our names on high,

And keep us to that day. 1055

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With praise and thanksgiving.
VING to the great Jehovah's praise;

All praise to him belongs;
Who kindly lengthens out our days,

Demands our choicest songs :
His providence hath brought us through

Another various year;
We all, with vows and anthems new,

Before our God appear.

2 Father, thy mercies past we own,Thy still continued care,

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To thee presenting, through thy Son,

Whate'er we have or are :
Our lips and lives shall gladly show

The wonders of thy love;
While on in Jesus' steps we go,

To seek thy face above. 3 Our residue of days or hours

Thine, wholly thine, shall be;
And all our consecrated powers

A sacrifice to thee,-
Till Jesus in the clouds appear,

To saints on earth forgiven,
And bring the grand Sabbatic year,

The jubilee of heaven. 1056

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The barren fig-tree.
THE Lord of earth and sky,

The God of ages, praise,
Who reigns enthroned on high,

Ancient of endless days,-
Who lengthens out our trials here,
And spares us yet another year.
2 Barren and wither'd trees,

We cumber'd long the ground;
No fruit of holiness

On our dead souls was found;
Yet doth he us in mercy spare,
Another and another year.
3 When justice bared the sword.

To cut the fig-tree down,
The pity of the Lord

Cried, -Let it still alone :
The Father mild inclines his ear,
And spares us yet another year.

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4 Jesus, thy speaking blood

From God obtain'd the grace,
Who therefore hath bestow'd

On us a longer space;
Thou didst in our behalf appear,
And, lo! we see another year.
5 Then dig about the root;

Break up our fallow ground;
And let our gracious fruit

To thy great praise abound;
O let us all thy praise declare,
And fruit unto perfection bear.

BREVITY AND UNCERTAINTY OF LIFE.

S. M.

1057

On beginning a new year.
UR few revolving years,

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How short the term of life appears

When past—but as a day ! --
2 A dark and cloudy day,

Clouded by grief and sin ;
A host of enemies without,

Distressing fears within.
3 Lord, through another year

If thou permit our stay,
With diligence may we pursue

The true and living way. 1058

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Frailty of life.
HEE we adore, eternal Name !

And humbly own to thee
How feeble is our mortal frame

What dying worms are we!

2 Our wasting lives grow shorter still,

As days and months increase; And every beating pulse we tell,

Leaves but the number less. 3 The year rolls round, and steals away

The breath that first it gave: Whate'er we do, where'er we be,

We're travelling to the grave. 4 Dangers stand thick through all the ground,

To push us to the tomb;
And fierce diseases wait around,

To hurry mortals home.
5 Infinite joy, or endless wo,

Attends on every breath;
And yet how unconcern'd we go,

Upon the brink of death!
6 Waken, O Lord, our drowsy sense

To walk this dang’rous road; And if our souls are hurried hence,

May they be found with God! 1059

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Man frailGod eternal.
GOD, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home :-
2 Under the shadow of thy throne

Still may we dwell secure; Sufficient is thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure. 3 Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame, From everlasting thou art God,

To endless years the same.

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4 A thousand ages, in thy sight,

Are like an evening gone; Short as the watch that ends the night,

Before the rising sun. 5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Beai's all its sons away ; They fly, forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day. 6 The busy tribes of flesh and blood,

With all their cares and fears, Are carried downward by the flood,

And lost in foll' wing years.
7 O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come;
Be thou our guide while life shall last,

And our perpetual home!

1060

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Earthly things vain and transitory.
OW vain is all beneath the skies !

How transient every earthly bliss !
How slender all the fondest ties

That bind us to a world like this! 2 The evening cloud, the morning dew,

The with’ring grass, the fading flower, Of earthly hopes are emblems true

The glory of a passing hour. 3 But though earth's fairest blossoms die,

And all beneath the skies is vain, There is a brighter world on high,

Beyond the reach of care and pain. 4 Then let the hope of joys to come

Dispel our cares, and chase our fears : If God be ours, we're travelling home,

Though passing through a vale of tears.

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