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When fainting in the sultry waste,
And parch’d with thirst extreme, The weary pilgrim longs to taste
The cool, refreshing stream:
Should, sudden, to his hopeless eye
A crystal spring appear, How would the stream his want supply,
His drooping spirits cheer!
So longs the weary fainting mind,
Opprest with sins and woes, Some heart-reviving spring to find,
Whence heav'nly comfort flows.
Thus sweet, the consolations are
The promises iinpart;
To cheer the fainting heart.
THE WATCHFUL CHRISTIAN.
Each in his ofńce wait,
And watchful at his gate.
Let all your lamps be bright,
And trim the golden flame: Gird up your loins, as in his sight,
For awful is his name,
Watch ! 'tis your Lord's command;
And while we speak, he's near : Mark the first signal of his hand,
And ready all appear.
O happy servant he,
In such a posture found !
And be with honour crown'd.
A GOOD CONSCIENCE THE BEST SUPPORT.
While some, in folly, pleasures find,
Amidst the various scenes of ills,
His hand will smooth my rugged way,
THE CHANGES OF HUMAN LIFE APPOINTED BY GOD.
Is man's estate below :
Succeeds a night of woe.
The night of woe resigns
Its darkness and its grief;
These varying scenes arise :
To ev'ry changing state :
And the great issue wait.
Hopeful and humble, bear
His evil and his good;
Weak mortal ! be subdu'd.
JOY AND PROSPERITY FROM THE BLESSING OF GOD.
Shine on thy creatures, mighty GOD!
With rays of mercy shine;
And our whole course be thine !
Did we not raise our hearts to thee,
Our hands might toil in vain ; Small joy success itself could give,
Didst thou thy love restrain.
With thee let ev'ry week begin,
With thee each day be spent ;
Since each by thee is lent.
Thus cheer us through this dang'rous road,
Till all our labours cease ;
With everlasting peace.