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The wicked driven away in his wickedness. CAN life in them deserve the name,
Who only live to prove,
An endless life above ?
Much menac'd, nothing dread;
Yet never ask his aid!
Faith, want of common sense;
A hypocrite's pretence ! If scorn of God's commands, impress'd
On word and deed, imply The better part of man unbless'd
With life that cannot die ; Such want it ;-and that want uncur'd,
Till man resigns his breath,
Of everlasting death.
Yet so will God repay
And mercy cast away.
Man fading and reviving. Isa. xl. 6-8. THE morning flowers display their sweets,
And gay their silken leaves unfold, As careless of the noon-tide heats,
As fearless of the ev’ning cold. Nipt by the wind's unkindly blast,
Parch'd by the sun's directer ray, The momentary glories waste,
The short-liy'd beauties die away. So blooms the human face divine,
When youth its pride of beauty shows : Fairer than spring the colours shine,
And sweeter than the virgin rose. Or worn by slowly rolling years,
Or broke by sickness in a day, The fading glory disappears,
The short-liv'd beauties die away. Yet these, new rising from the tomb,
With lustre brighter far shall shine; Revive with ever-during bloom,
Safe from diseases and decline. Let sickness blast, let death devour,
If heaven shall recompense our pains ; Perish the grass, and fade the flower,
If firm the word of God remains.
My rising soul surveys,
In wonder, love, and praise ! Thy providence my life sustain'd,
And all my wants redress’d;
And hung upon the breast.
Thy mercy lent an ear,
To form themselves in prayer.
Thy tender care bestow'd, Before my infant heart conceiv'd
From whence those comforts flow'd.
With heedless steps I ran ;
And led me up to man.
It clear'd my dubious way; And through the pleasing snares of vice,
More to be feard than they.
O how shall words with equal warmth
The gratitude declare,
But thou canst read it there.
Praise to the Redeemer. BRIGHTNESS of the Father's glory,
Shall thy praise unutter'd lie?
Sing the Lord who came to die :
Did the shepherds learn their lays ? Shame would cover me ungrateful,
Should my tongue refuse to praise. From the highest throne in glory,
To the cross of deepest woe; All to ransom guilty captives !
Flow my praise, for ever flow! Go, return, Almighty Saviour,
Leave thy footstool, take thy throne; Thence return and reign for ever,
Be the kingdom all thine own!
HYMN LXVI. Heavenly wisdom. Prov. viii. 10, 11, &c. O HAPPY is the man who bears
Instruction's warning voice; And who celestial wisdom makes
His early, only choice.
For she has treasures greater far,
Than east or west unfold; And her reward is more secure
Than is the gain of gold.
A length of happy years;
And honour bright appears.
In pleasure's path to tread; A crown of glory she bestows
Upon the hoary head.
So her rewards increase ;
And all her paths are peace.
Invitation to praise.
Of Moses and the Lamb;
To praise the Saviour's name,
For those whose sins he bore.