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2 He is a sun;and he a shield,
Unto his chosen ones;
And every cloud shall be dispell'd
When we, his will have done.
5 Yea, grace and glory he will give
To all who trust in him;
Who in uprightness daily live,
And walk averse to sin.
4 Why, then dear Lord, am I so dull.
So lifeless and so cold?
Since thou art my eternal all.
Thy charms to me unfold.
5 Give me to see thy smiling face, And cause the light to shine; Send forth thy power of quick'ning grace, And make me wholly thine.
6 Give me that pure and humble mind,
Which doth thy grace insure,
Which makes me to thy will resign'd,
And I will ask no more.
HA IL, ye sighing sons of sorrow,
View with me th’ autumnal gloom;
Learn from thence your fate to-morrow!
Dead, perhaps, laid in the tomb!
See all nature fading, dying,
Silent all things seem to mourp;
Life from vegetation flying,
Brings to mind the mould'ring urn.
2. Oft autumnal tempests rising,
Make the lofty forest nod,
Scenes of nature, how surprising:
Read in nature, nature’s God.
See the God, the great Creator,
Lives eternal in the sky,
While we mortals yield to nature,
Bloom a while, then fade and die.
Death and war my mind depresses,
Autumn shows me my decay;
Brings to mind my past distresses,
Warns me of a dying &ay.
Autumn makes me melancholy,
Strikes dejection through my soul,
While I mourn my former folly,
Waves of sorrow o'er me roll.
4 Lo! I hear the air resounding
With expiring insect's cries;
Ah! the moans, to me how wounding,
Emblems of my wretched sighs!
Hollow winds about are roaring,
Noisy waters round me rise,
While I sit my fate deploring,
Tears fast streaming from my eyes. .
5 What to me are autumn's treasures,
Since I know no earthly joy?
Long I’ve lost all youthful pleasures,
Time must youth and and health dstroy
Pleasures once I fondly courted,
Shar’d each bliss that youth bestows;
But to see where then I sported,
Now embitters all my woes |
6 Age and sorrow since have blasted
Every youthful, pleasing dream;
Quiv'ring age with youth contrasted,
Oh how short their glories seem :
As the annual frosts are cropping
Leaves and tendrils from the trees,
So my friends are yearly dropping.
Through old age and dire disease.
7 Former friends, how oft I’ve sought 'em.
Just to cheer my drooping mind;
But they’re gone like leaves in autumn,
Driven before the dreary wind.
When a few more years I’ve wasted.
When a few more springs are o'er,
When a few more griefs I’ve tasted,
I shall live to die no more.
8 Fast my sun of life's declining,
I must sleep in death's dark night;
But my hope, pure and refining,
Rests in future life and light.
Cease this trembling, fearing, sighing,
Christ will burst the silent tomb;
Then the saints shall, upwards flying,
Rise into immortal bloom!
HYMN 127.-L. M.
The parting hand.
M Y dearest friends in bonds of love,
Wo. Our hearts in sweetest union prove
Your friendship like a drawing band,
Yet, we must take the parting hand.
Your presence sweet, your union dear,
Your words delightful to my ear,
And when I see that we must part,
You draw like cords around my heart.
2 How sweet the hours have pass'd away,
When we have met to sing and pray,
How loth I’ve been to leave the place,
When Jesus shews his smiling face:
O could I stay with friends so kind,
How would it cheer my strng'ling mind; | But duty makes me understand, That we must take the parting hand.
3 And Since it is God's holy will,
We must be parted for a while,
In sweet submission, all in one,
We'll say, our father’s will be done.
|Dear fellow youth in christian ties,
Who seek for mansions in the skies-
Fight on, you’ll win that happy shore,
Where parting hands are known no more.
4 How oft I've seen the flowing tears,
| And heard you tell your hopes and fears,
'Your hearts with love have seem'd to flaine
Which makes me hope we’ll meet again.
*Ye mourning souls in sad surprise,
Jesus remembers all your cries;
O taste his grace, in all that land
We'll no more take the parting hand.
Whiti. ER goest thou, Pilgrim stran
Wand'ring through this lonely valet
Know'st thou not 'tis full of danger,
And will not thy courage faili