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My lips shall praise thee. Ps. Ixiii. 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, .

6 Thy God will then remember thee."

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Blessed are the dead. Rev. xiv. 13.

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

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Thou Lord makest me dwell in safety. Ps. iv. 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.


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 ; Peace is there that knows no measure,

Joys that through all time abide.

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