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When shall thy love constrain,
And force me to thy breast? When shall my soul return again To her eternal rest?
Thy condescending grace
To me did freely move;
Ah! what avails my strife,
Distraction, grief, and woe! Thou hast the words of endless life: To thee then let me go.
Lord, at thy feet I fall,
To rescue me from woe,
Thou didst with all things part; Didst lead a life of grief below, To gain my worthless heart. My worthless heart to gain,
The God of all that breathe Was found in fashion as a man, And died a cursed death.
Take, then, O Saviour, take,
Come, and possess me whole, Nor hence again remove; Settle and fix my wavering soul With all thy weight of love.
My one desire be this,
Thy love alone to know,
My Life, my Portion, thou,
My Hope, my heav'nly Treasure, now Enter, and keep my heart.
Rather than let it burn
For earth, O quench its heat; And when it would to earth return, O let it cease to beat.
Snatch me from ill to come,
SINKING underneath my load,
Still I ask, nor yet receive,
Knock at the unopen'd door;
Hope, though urg'd to hope no more,
Hear, in mercy, my complaint,
Hear, and hasten to my aid; Help, or utterly I faint;
Fails the spirit thou hast made:
Struggling in temptation's snare,
True an faithful is his word,
Come, then, O my Saviour, come!
Waft me to that happy shore,
Port of ease, and end of care; All my storms shall there be o'er, Grief shall never reach me there :
Surely of my God possest,
RISE, my soul, the dawn appears
Quit, in hope, the vale of tears,
Darting through this lower sphere,
In the wedding garb of love,
To mine elder Brother join'd,
I shall there my partner see; In the arms of Jesus find
The soul that twin'd with me.
There we shall with transport meet,
Bright as his, our bodies are;
All our open foreheads bear
The glorious stamp divine.
high and lofty One
Banquet on angelic food,
Father, Son, and Spirit know;
MIXT with the guardian angels, bend
And still, like them, to heaven ascend,
Happy, might I the grace receive,
In thee, my only friend, confide
Surely, I now rely on thee,
I know the prayer of faith is heard,
TO MRS. GRANDIDIER.
St. John's, Antigua, 1775.
My dear Mrs. G
THE long and steady friendship which has subsisted between us in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, ever the same, without change or diminution, leaves me no room to doubt that it will extend to my little family, and that you will be as ready, to the utmost of your power, to befriend them, as you have been the dear father already gone, and your friend, who is, perhaps, about to follow.
If it should please God to take me away in my approaching confinement, I leave you and Captain G. full power to dispose of every thing in this house, and belonging to me in this island, as you shall think most for the advantage of my little family. You know that my extreme tenderness for their dear father, made me unable to part with any of his clothes; but these can be of no consequence to me when I shall again have joined him for whose sake I kept them; you may therefore dispose of them, and also of my own, if you think that what they will fetch will be of more service to the children. But I do not choose to leave any particular directions about my trifling effects; you will consult with other friends; and I am certain that you will act for them to the best of your judgment. It is