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The world's esteem is but a bribe,
To buy their peace you sell your own;
The joy that vain amusements give,
Oh! sad conclusion that it brings !
Defended by a thousand stings.
'Tis thus the world rewards the fools
That live upon her treacherous smiles :
And ruins all whom she beguiles.
God knows the thousands who down
From pleasure into endless woe;
Blaspheme their Maker as they go.
O fearful thought! be timely wise:
Delight but in a Saviour's charms,
Embraced in everlasting arms.
VIII. O LORD, I WILL PRAISE THEE. Isaiah xii. 1.
I will praise thee every day
Here in the fair gospel-field,
soul shall thirst no more.
IX. THE CONTRITE HEART. Isaiah lvii. 15.
The Lord will happiness divine
On contrite hearts bestow;
A contrite heart or no?
Insensible as steel ;
To find I cannot feel.
I sometimes think myself inclined
To love thee, if I could;
Averse to all that's good.
I fain would strive for more;
Seem weaker than before.
And love thy house of prayer;
O make this heart rejoice or ache;
Decide this doubt for me;
And heal it if it be.
X. THE FUTURE PEACE AND GLORY OF THE
CHURCH. Isaiah ix. 15—20.
Hear what God the Lord hath spoken,
“ There, like streams that feed the garden,
“ Ye no more your suns descending,
XI. JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Jer, xxiii. 6.
My God, how perfect are thy ways!
But mine polluted are ;
And slides into my prayer.
When I would speak what thou hast done,
To save me from my sin,
But self-applause creeps in.
Divine desire, that holy flame
Thy grace creates in me; Alas ! impatience is its name,
When it returns to thee.
This heart, a fountain of vile thoughts,
How does it overflow !
Still bubbling from below.
Let others in the gaudy dress
Of fancied merit shine;
The Lord for ever mine.
XII. EPHRAIM REPENTING. Jer. xxxi, 18
My God, till I received thy stroke,
How like a beast was I !
So backward to comply.
With grief my just reproach I bear,
Shame fills me at the thought; How frequent my
rebellions were ! What wickedness I wrought !
Thy merciful restraint I scorn'd,
And left the pleasant road;