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4 Author and Guardian of my life,

Sweet Source of light divine,
And all harmonious names in one,

My Saviour,-thou art mine!
5 The thanks I owe thee, and the love,

A boundless, endless store,
Shall echo through the realms above

When time shall be no more.
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C. M.
Enter into thy closet,
FATHER of Jesus Christ, my Lord,

I humbly seek thy face;
Encouraged by the Saviour's word

To ask thy pard'ning grace.
2 Ent'ring into my closet, I

The busy world exclude;
In secret prayer for mercy, cry,

And groan to be renew d.
8 Far from the paths of men, to thee

I solemnly retire;
See, thou who dost in secret see,

And grant my heart's desire.
4 Fain would I all thy goodness feel,

And know my sins forgiven;
And do on earth thy perfect will,

As angeis do in ben ven.
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C. M.
Secret Blessin 38.
TATHER divine, thy piercing eye

Sees through the darkest night;
In deep retirement thou art nigh,

With heart-discerning sight.
2 May that observing eye survey

My faithful homage paid,
With every morning's dawning ray,

And every evening's shade.

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30 may thine own celestial fire

The incense still infiame,
While fervent vows to thee aspire,

Through my Redeemer's Name. 4 So shall the visits of thy love

My soul in secret bless;
So wilt thou deign, in worlds above,

Thy suppliant to confess. 647

Evening.--Solitude.

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From every cumb'ring care,
And spend the hours of setting day

In humble, grateful prayer. 9 I love in solitude to shed

The penitential tear,
And all his promises to plead

Where none but God can hear. 3 I love to think on mercies past,

And future good implore,-
And all my cares and sorrows cast

On Him whom I adore.
4 I love by faith to take a view

Of brighter scenes in heaven;
The prospect doth my strength renew,

While here by tempests driven. 5 Thus, when life's toilsome day is o'er,

May its departing ray
Be calm as this impressive hour,

And lead to endless day. 648

Self-examination. 0 THOU, great God, whose piercing eyo

Distinctly marks each deep recess; In t'nese sequester'd hours draw nigh,

And with thy presence fill the place.

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2 Through all the mazes of my heart,

My search let heavenly wisdom guide; And still its radiant beains impart,

Till all be search'd and purified.
3 Then, with the visits of thy love,

Do thou mine inmost spirit cheer;
Till every grace shall join to prove

That God has fix'd his dwelling here.
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1st P. M. 6 lines 8s.
Wrestling Jacob :-) will not let thee go.

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Whom still I hold, but cannot see;
My company before is gone,

And I'am left alone with thee :
With thee all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle till the break of day.
2 I need not tell thee who I am;

My sin and misery declare;
Thyself hast call'd me by my name;

Look on thy hands, and read it there :
But who, I ask thee, who art thout
Tell me thy name, and tell me ww.
3 In vain thou strugglest to get mo;

I never will unloose my hold :
Art thou the Man that died for mo!

The secret of thy love unfold :
Wrestling, I will not let thee go,
Till I thy name, thy nature kuow.
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1st P. M. 6 lines 88. Continued. When I am weak, then am I strong.

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Thy new, unutterable name?
Tell me, I still beseech thee, tell ;

To know it now resolved I am:
Wrestling, I will not let thee go,
Till I thy name, thy nature know.

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2 What though my shrinking flesh com

plain, And murmur to contend so long! I rise superior to my pain :

When I am weak, then I am strong! And when my all of strength shall fail, I shall with the God-man prevail.

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1st P. M. 6 lines 8. Continued.- Victorious prayer. YIELD. to me now, for I am weak, But confident in self-despair;

Speak to my heart, in blessings speak;

Be conquer'd by my instant prayer: Speak, or thou never hence shalt move, And tell me if thy name be Love. 2 'Tis Love! 'tis Love! thou diedet for me;

I hear thy whisper in my heart; The morning breaks, the shadows flee;

Pure, universal Love thou art : To me, to all, thy bowels move,Thy nature and thy name is Love. 8 My prayer hath power with God; the

grace
Unspeakable I now recelve;
Through faith I see thee face to face;

I see thee face to face, and live!
In vain I have not wept and strove;
Thy nature and thy name is Love.
4 I know thee, Saviour, who thou art,

Jesus, the feeble sinner's Friend :
Nor wilt thou with the night depart,

But stay and love me to the end : Thy mercies never shall remove; Thy nature and thy name is Love.

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1st P. M. 6 lines 8s. Concluded.-Thy name is Love. THE Sun of Righteousness on me

wings : Wither'd my nature's strength, from theo

My soul its life and succour brings :
My help is all laid up above;
Thy nature and thy name is Love.
2 Contented now, upon my thigh

I halt, till life's short journey end ;
All helplessness, all weakness, I

On thee alone for strength depend :
Nor bave I power from thee to move;
Thy nature and thy name is Love.
8 Lame as I am, I take the prey;

Hell, earth, and sin, with ease o'ercome;
I leap for joy, pursue my way,

And, as a bounding hårt, fly home,
Through all eternity to prove
Thy nature and thy name is Love.
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The Minister's prayer : Christ's constraining

love.
SAVIOUR of men, thy searching eye
Doth aught on earth my wishes raise,
Or the world's pleasures, or its praise
2 The love of Christ doth me constrain
To seek the wand'ring souls of men;
With cries, entreaties, tears, to save,
To snatch them from the gaping grave.
3 For this let men revile my name;
No cross I shun, I fear no shance :
All hnil, reproach; and welcome, ain;
Only thy terrors, Lord, restrain.

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