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RELIGIOUS CANDOUR.

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LORD! not to earth's contracted span

Thy goodness let me bound; Or think thee LORD alone of man,

When thousand worlds are round.

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Let not this weak, unknowing hand

Presume thy bolts to throw; And deal dannation round the land,

On each I judge thy foe.

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If I am right, thine aid impart,

Still in the right to stay : If I am wrong, o teach my

heart To find that better way.

IV

Save me alike from foolish pride,

Or impious discontent
At aught thy wisdom has deny'd,

Or aught thy goodness lent.

Teach me to feel another's woc,

To hide the fault I see: That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.

THE RIGHT AND DUTY OF PRIVATE JUDGMENT.

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IMPOSTURE shrinks from light,

Ard dreads the curious eye:
Thy doctrines, LORD! the test invite,
They bid us search and try.

II
O! may we still maintain

A meck, inquiring mind;
Assur'd we shall not search in vain,

But hidden treasures find.

III

With understanding blest,

Created to be free,
Our faith on man we dare not rest,

Subject to none but thee.

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O LORD ! our spirit lead,

With soundest knowledge fill; From noxious error guard our creed,

From prejudice, our will.

The truth, once learnt, impress

On our obedient hearts; And help us firmly to profess

'Gainst all seducing arts.

LOVE FOR ALL MANKIND.

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O GOD! my father, and my king ! Of all I have, or hope, the spring; Thy choicest gift send from above; And warm my heart with holy love.

II

May I from ev'ry act abstain,
That hurts, or gives another pain ;
And ev'ry secret wish suppress
That would abridge his happiness.

III

With pity let my breast o'erflow, When I behold á brother's woe; And bear a sympathizing part, Whene'er I meet a wounded heart.

IV

And let another's prosp'rous state
A mutual joy in me create;
His virtuous triumph let me join ;
His peace and happiness be mine,

V

Let love in all my conduct shine,
An image fair, though faint, of thine;
Father of men! great God of love!
Let me thine humble foll'wer prove.

JUSTICE.

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If high or low our station be,
Of noble, or ignoble name,
By uncorrupted honesty,
Thy blessing, LORD! we 'll humbly claim.

II

Eurich'd with that, no want we 'll fear, Thy providence shall be our trust; Thou wilt provide our portion here, Thou friend and guardian of the just !

III

Oh! may we, with sincere delight,
To all, the task of duty pay ;
Tender of cv'ry social right,
Obedient to thy righteous sway.

IV

Such virtue thou wilt not forget,
In worlds where every virtue shares
A fit reward ; though not of debt,
But what thy boundless love prepares.

SINCERITY.

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O GOD! thou spirit, just and wise,

Who seest our inmost mind :
In vain, to thee we raise our voice,

And leave our hearts behind.

JI

Nothing but truth before thy throne

With favour can appear:
The formal hypocrites are known

Through each disguise they wear.

III

Their lifted eyes salute the skies,

Their bending knces, the ground; But thou abhorr'st the sacrifice,

Where not the heart is found.

IV

Lord ! search our thoughts, and tryour ways,

And make our hearts sincere : Then shall we in thy presence stand,

And find acceptance there.

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