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My God! the steps of pious men
Are order'd by thy will;
Thy hand supports them still.
To see their ways, is thy delight;
Their virtues thou approv'st :
Nor leave the men thou lov'st.
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.
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.
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.
Life is the hour, which thou hast giv'n,
The living know that they must die;
There are no acts of pardon pass'd,
Then what our thoughts design to do,
THE WISDOM OF EMPLOYING WELL OUR TIME.
God of eternity! from thee
Silent, but fleet, they glide away;
With it, the thoughtless sons of men
Yet, while the shore on either side
THE SHORTNESS OF HUMAN LIFE.
And humbly own to thee,
And short-liv'd creatures we.
Our wasting life grows shorter still,
As months and days increase ; And ev'ry beating pulse we tell,
Still leaves the number less.
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.
Dangers stand thick through all the road,
To press us to the tomb ;
To hasten mortals home.
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.
How vain a thing is man!
At best, how short our span!
Swift as the feather'd arrow flies,
And parts the yielding air ; Or as a kindling meteor dies,
Ere it can well appear :
So pass our fleeting years away,
And time pursues its race:
Nor will it slack its pace.
Oh! make us truly wise to learn
How very frail we are; That we may mind our grand concern,
And for our change prepare :
May think of death, and learn to die
To all inferior things; Our constant thoughts still soaring, fly
Tow'rds life's eternal springs.