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My MALLEVILLE! mature like fruitful vine
About my house, while flourishing most fair Thou’rt smitten to the ground. Sighs fill the air,
And here no longer can I call thee mine.
He will restore thee, and my loss repair,
Aud with the holy who in glory shine!
Which breaks like torrent from the harps of gold
Resounding through heav'n's arches by the throng Of ransom'd sinners and with joys untold,
“Let Wisdom, Honor, Pow'r in highest strain To thee, O LAMB, be paid, for Thou wast slain !”
I dare not, Lord, claim aught of good from thee
As in reward of virtue my just right;
I dare not lift my eyes. Humility
Repenting tears may well bedim his sight.
And “Mercy! Mercy !" this is all my cry. 'Twas mercy, in thy vast, amazing love,
Awaking wonder in th' angelic throng,
Then wilt thou not my sad petition hear,
THE LOST CHILD.
32. Two days had pass’d; the anxious search was vain
The wilder'd child in forest wide to find ;
Each darksome nook t explore with care and pain. In far-stretch'd rank, like fleet upon the main,
Well rang’d by wisdom are their toils combin'd, With law_“If dead, a single horn shall wind:
Alive, let gun and horn ring merry strain !”— “ Hark!”—as the Father lay with ear to ground,
He cried ;—“ Alas, my wife, the single horn!
Oh no! Gun, horn, and shout the forest shake!” — So, when the wilder'd, sinning man is found,
By grace recover'd and to goodness born,
33. Of giant height, carvd from basaltic block,
Two snakes the monster bears for arms and hands; On either side a vulture's wing expands ;
The noble face of man its features mock.
On Tiger's claws the fearful idol stands;
Worship of serpent—vulture-tiger god,
Curst Lucifer, the rebel flung to hell ! Can Christians to such idol bow the knee?
The idol WAR is such; thus cloth'd, thus shod, Inwreath'd with skulls, hissing with malice fell !
GOD OUR SAFETY. Psalm 91.
Who in the Most High’s secret place doth dwell,
Beneath th’ Almighty's shadow shall abide.
My fortress strong and inaccessible.
And safe from fowler's snare, with skill applied ;
No evil shall approach thy house or cell. His kind, protecting wings o'er thee shall spread ;
His truth shall be to thee a brazen shield,
His promise stronger than a tow'r on high ; Of nightly terror be not then afraid,
Nor of the day's swift arrow : 'tis reveal’d, Thy God, thy trust, shall lift thee to the sky!
Pilgrim! do thickest clouds of grief and woe
Shut from thine eye that sweet and heav'nly light, So lately spread upon thy pathway bright ?
Is a dark wing outstretch'd o’er all below?
From fount perennial on thy gladden'd sight.
Thou’rt safe; and naught thy bliss can overthrow. Gaze now upon the wondrous cross. There hung,
Victim for sins, which claim'd avenging hell,
God's own beloved Son in agony:
Can He, who gave the gift unspeakable,
CODman, in early paths of life my friend,
When we together walk'd the flow'ry way
The ties of Christian love; from day to day
God's Truth first known, its dictates to attend.Through many a year and many a changing scene
Our early bond unbroken, when at last,
As all thy earthly prospects were o'ercast, I bid farewell to thee with anguish keen,
Then did'st thou say,—We meet again aboveThis faith I have where sits ETERNAL LOVE!"
Thick are the branches of o’ershad'wing trees,
Of deep, unfading green : does this proclaim, That many a sleeper here hath deathless name,
Immortal glory by God's just decrees?
Of whitest marble as for purest fame,
But must their forms approve. Each passing breeze Bears richest odors from these graves, where rest
The fathers and their children; men of prayer,
Of faith, and love, and ev'ry virtue blest.-
To be ourselves companions of the wise ;
Our heav'nly Father, whom we fear and love,
Hallow'd by all thy children be thy name;
Let men obey thee, like the blest above.
Our guilt, as we forgive a brother's shame;
Nor web of evil be around us wove;
And thine the pow'r, which no resistance knows:
To thee, O God, be endless glory given.-
Or tongue is free my feelings to disclose,
PRAISE TO GOD.
Praise ye the Lord. Ye Angels, give him praise
And all his hosts throughout the heav'ns on high; Both sun and moon, and stars that fill the sky,
For his command made all your lights to blaze. Let all earth's hosts their voices loud upraise ;
Ye mountains proud that human feet defy,
Fire, hail, and vapors, tempests that amaze
All lofty cedars and each fruitful tree;
The fowl that fly, and beasts that creep below; All kings and people, old and young, come ye, And praise God's name, all glorious, good, and
great,God's name, in majesty o'er all elate !