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5 Wisdom and mercy guide my way,
Shall I resist them both?
And crush'd before the moth! 6 But ah! my inward spirit cries,
Still bind me to thy sway;
To say, “My Father God!” Lord, at thy feet I fain would lie,
And learn to kiss the rod.
For thou art good and wise;
Nor one faint murmur rise. 3 Thy love can cheer the darksome gloom,
Ånd bid me wait serene;
And brighten all the scene.
To plead her humble claim,
L.M.-Social Prayer. 1 WHERE two or three with sweet accord,
Obedient to their sovereign Lord,
grace, And offer solemn prayer and praise: 2 “There,” says the Saviour, “ will I be
“ Amid this little company;
3 We meet at thy command, dear Lord,
Relying on thy faithful word;
401. C.M.- Paraphrase on the Lord's Prayer. Matt. vi. 9-13. 1 FATHER of all, we bow to thee
Who dwell'st in heaven ador'd,
The universal Lord.
By all beneath the skies;
Till grace to glory rise.
With hearts resign'd to thee;
On earth so let it be.
The hand that feeds us still;
Contented in thy will.
O may they be forgiven;
mercy beg from heaven.
From evil guard our way;
Permit us not to stray. 7 For thine's the power, the kingdom thine,
All glory’s due to thee;
And thine shall ever be.
402. L.M.-“ Ask what I shall give thee.” 1 Kings iii. 5. 1 AND dost thou say, “ Ask what thou wilt ?"
Lord, I would seize the golden hour;
power. 2 More of thy presence, Lord, impart,
More of thine image let me bear; Erect thy throne within my heart,
And reign without a rival there. 3 Give me to read my pardon seal’d,
And from thy joy to draw my strength; To have thy boundless love reveal'd
In all its height, and breadth, and length. 4 Grant these requests, I ask no more,
But to thy care the rest resign; Sick or in health, or rich or poor, All shall be well if thou art mine.
403. C.M.-“ Ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." 1 WHAT shall we ask of God in prayer?
Whatever good we want; Whatever man may seek to share,
Or God in wisdom grant.
In whom we move and live,
And answer and forgive.
From wrath we fain would flee,
And set the captives free.
Our helplessness we feel;
The wounded spirit heal.
John xvi. 24.
5 When dire temptations gather round,
And threaten or allure,
A refuge strong and sure.
In faith, and hope, and love;
To holiness above.
Desire and envy cease,
In thee may we have peace.
And worlds in judgment stand,
And meet at thy right hand.
404. C.M.—" Lord help me.” Matt. xv. 25. 1 OH, help us, Lord! each hour of need
Thy heavenly succour give;
Each hour on earth we live.
With contrite anguish sore,
Oh help us, Lord, the more! 3 Oh, help us, through the prayer of faith
More firmly to believe;
The more shall he receive.
Imploring, at thy feet,
'Tis all we dare entreat.
5 But be it, Lord of mercy, all,
So thou wilt grant but this;
Are light, and life, and bliss.
We know no help but thee;
C.M.- For growth in Grace. 1 TRY us, O God, and search the ground
every sinful heart! Whate'er of sin in us is found
O bid it all depart.
Leave us not comfortless,
Each other's cross to bear;
And feel his brother's care. 4 Help us to build each other
C.M.- For the supply of real Wants. 1 AUTHOR of good! we rest on thee,
Thine ever watchful eye Alone our real wants can see,
Thy hand alone supply. 2 O let thy fear within us dwell,
Thy love our footsteps guide, That love shall vainer loves expel,
That fear, all fears beside.