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My God! the steps of pious men

Are order'd by thy will;
Though they should fall, they rise again;

Thy hand supports them still.

II

To see their ways, is thy delight;

Their virtues thou approv'st :
Thou 'lt ne'er deprive them of thy light,

Nor leave the men thou lov'st.

III

The heav'nly heritage is theirs,

Their portion and their home : Thou keep'st them now,andmak'st them heirs

Of blessings long to come.

IV

Mark well, the man of righteousness;

His sev'ral steps attend; True pleasure runs through all his ways,

And peaceful is his end.

LIFE THE PREPARATION FOR ETERNITY.

I

Life is the time to serve thee, LORD! The time t' ensure thy great reward : And, while the lamp holds out to burn, To thee, the sinner may return.

II

Life is the hour, which thou hast giv'n,
To fit us for the joys of heav'n ;
In time of trial, mortals may
Secure the blessings of the day.

III

The living know that they must die;
But all the dead forgotten lie:
They have no share in all that's done,
Beneath the circuit of the sun.

IV

There are no acts of pardon pass'd,
In the cold grave, to which we haste;
Oblivion, darkness, and despair
Still reign in gloomy silence there.

V

Then what our thoughts design to do,
May we, with all our might, pursue;
And, wisely, ev'ry hour employ,
Till faith and hope are lost in joy!

THE WISDOM OF EMPLOYING WELL OUR TIME.

I

God of eternity! from thee
Did infant-time its being draw ;
Moments and days, and months and years
Revolve by thine unvaried law.

II

Silent, but fleet, they glide away;
Steady and strong the current flows,
Lost in eternity's wide sea,
The boundless gulph, from which it rose.

III

With it, the thoughtless sons of men
Before the rapid stream are borne
On to their everlasting home,
That country, whence there's no return,

IV

Yet, while the shore on either side
Presents a gaudy flatt'ring show,
We gaze, in fond amazement lost,
Nor think, to what a world we go.

V
Great source of wisdom ! teach our hearts
To know the price of ev'ry hour ;
That time may bear us on to joys
Beyond its measure, and its pow'r.

THE SHORTNESS OF HUMAN LIFE.

I
Thee we adore, eternal GOD!

And humbly own to thee,
That feeble is our mortal frame,

And short-liv'd creatures we.

II

Our wasting life grows shorter still,

As months and days increase ; And ev'ry beating pulse we tell,

Still leaves the number less.

III

The year rolls round, and steals away

The breath, which first it gave ; Where'er we are, whate'er we do,

We're trav‘ling to the grave.

IV

Dangers stand thick through all the road,

To press us to the tomb ;
And fierce diseases wait around,

To hasten mortals home.

V

Let us then rouse our active pow’rs,

To walk this dang'rous road; That, when we're summond to depart, We may

be found with GOD.

TIB UNCERTAINTY AND IMPORTANCE OF LIFR.

I
LORD! what a feeble frame is ours !

How vain a thing is man!
How frail are all our boasted powers!

At best, how short our span!

II

Swift as the feather'd arrow flies,

And parts the yielding air ; Or as a kindling meteor dies,

Ere it can well appear :

III

So pass our fleeting years away,

And time pursues its race:
In vain, we ask a moment's stay,

Nor will it slack its pace.

IV

Oh! make us truly wise to learn

How very frail we are; That we may mind our grand concern,

And for our change prepare :

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May think of death, and learn to die

To all inferior things; Our constant thoughts still soaring, fly

Tow'rds life's eternal springs.

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