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Teach us the measure of our days,

Thou maker of our frame !
We would survey life's narrow space,

And learn how frail we are.

II

How short the span that we can boast !

A fleeting hour of time! Man is but vanity and dust,

In all his flow'r and prime.

III

See the vain race of mortals move

Like shadows o'er the plain ;
They rage and strive, desire and love,

But all their effort's vain.

IV

What should we wish or wait for, then,

From creatures, earth, and dust? They make our expectations vain,

And disappoint our trust.

V

Let us return to better things,

Our weak desires recall; Rise above earth on hope's strong wings,

And make our GOD, our all.

SHORTNESS AND UNCERTAINTY OF LIFE.

I

TO-MORROW, LORD! is thine,

Lodg’d in thy sov’reign hand; And if its sun arise and shine,

It shines by thy command.

II

The present moment flies,

And bears our lives away;
O! make thy servants truly wise,

That they may live to-day.

III

Since on this winged hour

Eternity is hung, Waken, by thine almighty pow'r,

The aged and the young.

IV

This, LORD! demands our care ;

O be it still pursu'd ! Lest, slighted once, the season fair

Should never be renew'd.

EARTHLY AND HEAVENLY TREASURES COMPARED.

I

All mortal joys, how soon they fade!
How swift they pass away

!
The dying flow'r reclines its head,

The beauty of a day.

II

Soon are those earthly treasures lost

We fondly call our own;
Scarce the possession can we boast,
When strait we find them

gone.

III

But there are joys which cannot die,

With God laid up in store ; Treasures, beyond the changing sky,

Richer than golden ore.

IV

The seeds, which piety and love

Have scatter'd here below, In the fair fertile fields above

To ample harvests grow.

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BESET with snares on ev'ry hand,
In life's uncertain path we stand :
Father divine ! diffuse thy light
To guide our doubtful footsteps right.

II

Direct the frail and wav'ring heart
Wisely to choose the better part;
To scorn the trifles of a day
For joys that never fade away.

III
Then let the wildest storms arise:
Let tempests mingle earth and skies;
No fatal shipwreck shall we fear,
But all our treasures with us bear.

IV

If thou, o father! still art nigh,
Cheerful we 'll live, and joyful die:
Secure, when mortal comforts flee,
To find ten thousand worlds in thee.

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The spacious earth is thine, o LORD!
It owes its being to thy word :
And fill'd with various good, thy love
Hath greatly bless'd it from above.

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But there's a brighter world on high,
Thy palace, LORD! above the sky:
Who shall ascend that blest abode,
And dwell so near his maker, God?

III

They who abhor and fear to sin,
W'hose hearts are pure,whose handsareclean:
These shall our heav'nly father bless,
And clothe with robes of righteousness.

IV

Such are the men, the pious men,
Who, thy great favour strive to gain ;
Such shall enjoy the blissful sight,
And dwell in everlasting light,

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