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2. Trials must and will befal ;
But with humble faith to see
This is happiness to me.
3. God in Israel sows the seeds
Of affliction, pain, and toil ;
Which would else o'erspread the soil.
4. Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer ;
Lay me low, and keep me there.
5. Did I meet no trials here,
No correction by the way,
I should prove a castaway?
6. Others may escape the rod,
Sunk in earthly, vain, delight;
“ The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that
fear him, and delivereth them.” Ps. xxxiv. 7.
1. TO THEE my God and Friend,
I wake my grateful tongue:
And claim my morning song:
Though many foes
Beset me round,
From Thee I found.
2 Though sleep pervade my frame,
Still I am safe in sleep,
How rich and great
Thy mercies prove:
On men, in love!
3. Now blest with morning light,
To Thee I give the day;
Till Thou shalt raise
My soul above,
And all is love.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of
my life.” Ps. xxiii. 6.
1. When all thy mercies, O my God,
My rising soul surveys,
In wonder, love, and praise.
2. Unnumber'd comforts to
soul Thy tender care bestow'd, Before my infant heart conceiv'd
From whence those comforts flow'd.
3. When in the slippery paths of youth
With heedless steps I ran,
And led me up to man.
With health renew'd my face ;
Thy goodness I'll pursue ;
The glorious theme renew.
soul with grace.
6. Through all eternity, to Thee
A joyful song I'll raise ;
To utter all thy praise ! (Gratitude.)
“I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting
kindness will I have mercy on thee." Isa. liv. 8. 1. When darkness long hath veil'd my mind,
And smiling day once more appears,
The folly of my doubts and fears.
2. Straight I upbraid my wandering heart,
And blush that I should ever be
to act so base a part,
What I am still so slow to learn,
Nor knows the shadow of a turn.
4. Sweet truth, and easy to repeat !
But when my faith is sharply tried,
Unskilful, weak, and apt to slide.
Subdues the disobedient will,
And thy rebellious worm is still. 6. Thou art as ready to forgive
As I am ready to repine ;
Be shame and self abasement mine. (Mantua.)
CowPER. HYMN 40.
"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou
mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be
That I shall find my all in Thee;
2. Thee, only Thee, I fain would find
And cast the world and flesh behind ;
3. Lord, I am sick, my sickness cure;
I want; do Thou enrich the poor :
4. Lord, I am blind, be Thou my sight;
Lord, I am weak, be Thou my might;
“ I know whom I have believed.” 2 Tim. i. 12.
1. When I can read my title clear
To mansions in the skies,
And wipe my weeping eyes.
2. Should earth against my soul engage,
And hellish darts be hurl'd,
And face a frowning world.
3. Let cares like a wild deluge come,
And storms of sorrow fall,
My God, my heaven, my all!