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My lips shall praise thee. Ps. lziii. 3.

I'll praise my Maker while I've breath,
And when my voice is lost in death,

Praise shall employ my nobler pow'rs; My days of praise shall ne'er be past, While life, and thought, and being last,

Or immortality endures.

Happy the man, whose hopes rely
On Israel's God: he made the sky,

And earth, and seas, with all their train:
His truth for ever stands secure,
He saves th' opprest, he feeds the poor,

And none shall find his promise vain.

The Lord pours eye-sight on the blind;
The Lord supports the fainting mind;

He sends the lab'ring conscience peace;
He helps the stranger in distress,
The widow, and the fatherless;

And grants the pris'ner sweet release.

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Remember now thy Creator. Eccl. xii. 1.

In mem'ry's tablet fair and clear,

Ere sin with guilt the page has stain'd;

What precept should be graven there?
What has the word of God ordain'd?

"Remember God in early youth;"
Be this the first instruction giv'n;

And let the same soul-saving truth

Guide all thy future steps tow'rds heav'n.

Remember Him in every stage
Of life's eventful journey through;

And cheer thy weary pilgrimage,
By ever keeping God in view.

Then in the last great awful day,

When heav'n and earth shall frighted flee; This, dearest child, shall be thy stay,

"Thy God will then remember thee."

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Blessed are the dead. Rev. xiv. 18.

In vain our fancy strives to paint
The moment after death;

The glories that surround the saint
When he resigns his breath.

One gentle sigh his fetter breaks,

We scarce can say " He's gone,"

Before the willing spirit takes
Her mansion near the throne.

Faith strives, but all her efforts fail
To trace that heaven-ward flight;

No eye can pierce within the veil

Which hides that world of light.

Thus much, (and this is all we know) They are supremely blest,

H ave done with sin, and care, and woe, And with their Saviour rest.

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Thou Lord makest me dwell in safety. Pg. It. 8.

In sleep's serene oblivion laid
I safely pass'd the silent night;

Again I see the breaking shade,
I drink again the morning light.

lord, guide me through the various maze My doubtful feet are doom'd to tread;

And spread thy shield's protecting blaze Where dangers press around my head.

A deeper shade shall soon impend;

A deeper sleep mine eyes oppress; Yet, then thy strength shall still defend;

Thy goodness still delight to bless.

That deeper shade shall break away;

That deeper sleep shall leave mine eyes; Thy light shall give eternal day;

Thy love, the rapture of the skies.

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God forbid that I should glory. Gal. vi. 14.

In the cross of Christ I glory,

Towering o'er the wreck of time;

All the light of sacred story

Gathers round its head sublime.

When the woes of life o'ertake me,
Hopes deceive, and fears annoy;

Never shall the cross forsake me,
Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

When the sun of bliss is beaming
light and love upon my way;

From the cross the radiance streaming, Adds more lustre to the day.

Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, By the cross are sanctifi'd j

Peace is there that knows no measure, Joys that through all time abide.

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