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2 On all the wings of time it flies,

Each moment brings it near;
Then welcome each declining day!

Welcome each closing year! 3 Not many years their round shall run,

Nor many mornings rise,
Ere all its glories stand reveald

To our admiring eyes. 4 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course;

Ye mortal powers decay;
Fast as ye bring the night of death,

Ye bring eternal day.

554.

P.M.-Retrospect of a Year. 1 TIME by moments steals away,

First the hour, and then the day;
Small the daily loss appears,
Yet it soon amounts to years:
Thus another year is flown,
And is now no more our own,
(Though it brought or promis'd good,)

Than the years before the flood. 2 But each year, let none forget,

Finds and leaves us deep in debt;
Favours from the Lord receiv’d,
Sins that have the Spirit griev’d,
Mark’d by God's unerring hand,
In his book recorded stand:
Who can tell the vast amount

Plac'd to each of our account?
3 We have nothing, Lord, to pay,

Take, O! take our guilt away:
Self-condemned, on thee we call,
Freely, Lord, forgive us all.

If we see another

year,
May we spend it in thy fear;
All its days devote to thee,
Living for eternity.

555.
L.M.- The Wisdom of redeeming Time. Eph. v. 16, 17.
1 GOD of eternity, from thee

Did infant time his being draw; Moments and days, and months and years,

Revolve by thine unwearied law. 2 Silent and slow they glide away:

Steady and strong the current flows,
Lost in eternity's wide sea,

The boundless gulph from whence it rose. 3 With it the thoughtless sons of men

Before the rapid streams are borne,
On to that everlasting home,

Where not one soul can e'er return. 4 Yet while the shore on either side

Presents a gaudy, flattering show,
We gaze in fond amazement lost,

Nor think to what a world we go. 5 Great Source of Wisdom, teach

my

heart
To know the price of every hour;
That time may bear me on to joys
Beyond its measure and its

power.
556.
P.M.-“ My Times are in thy Hand.Ps. xxxi. 15.
1 SOVEREIGN Ruler of the skies,

Ever gracious, ever wise!
All my times are in thy hand,

All events at thy command.
2 Thou didst form me in the womb,

Thou wilt guide me to the tomb;
All my times shall ever be
Order'd by thy wise decree.

3 Times of sickness, times of health,

Times of penury and wealth;
Times of trial and of grief;

Times of triumph and relief:
4 Times temptation's power to prove;

Times to taste a Saviour's love;
All is fix'd—the means and end,

As shall please my heavenly Friend. 5 Plagues and deaths around me fly;

Till He bids I cannot die;
Not a single shaft can hit,
Till the God of love sees fit.

557.

C.M.- 'The Vanity of Human Life. 1 OUR life is but an idle play,

And various as the wind;
We laugh and sport our hours away,

Nor think of woes behind.
2 See the fair cheek of beauty fade,

Frail glory of an hour;
And blooming youth, with sickening head,

Droops like a dying flower.
3 Our pleasures, like a morning sun,

Diffuse a flattering light,
But gloomy clouds obscure their noon,

And soon they sink in night.
4 Wealth, pomp, and honour we behold,

With an admiring eye,
Like summer insects, drest in gold,

That flutter, shine, and die. 5 One little moment can destroy

Our vast laborious schemes; And all our hopes of future joy

Are gay deceitful dreams.

6 Then rise, my soul, and soar away,

Above the thoughtless crowd,
Above the pleasures of the gay,

And splendours of the proud:
7 Up where eternal beauties bloom,

And pleasures all divine;
Where wealth that never can consume,

And endless glories shine.

558. C.M.-Early Piety. Eccles. xii. 1. 1 LORD of my life! my days are thine,

And I'll remember thee;
Lord of my life! thy love divine

Demands a song from me.
2 Thy wondrous love can I forget?

Thy holy claims deny?
O guide my wandering youthful feet,

O guard me with thine eye! 3 Creator, Benefactor, Friend,

Hear thou my artless prayer;
From passion's rage my heart defend,

And pleasure's witching snare.
4 Life's morning, beauteous to behold,

The dew of youth is thine:
To thee may its first dawn unfold,

Its noon in lustre shine. 5 Thus when its starless eve shall come,

Beclouded and forlorn, Thy light shall chase away the gloom,

And bring another morn:
6 A morn which, as it sheds its ray,

Shall grow supremely bright;
The pledge of an eternal day,

Without a cheerless night.

559. C.M.- The Encouragement young Persons have to seek Christ.

Prov. viii. 17. 1 YE hearts, with youthful vigour warm,

In smiling crowds draw near, And turn from every mortal charm,

A Saviour's voice to hear.
2 He, Lord of all the worlds on high,

Stoops to converse with you,
And lays his radiant glories by,

Your friendship to pursue.
3 “ The soul that longs to see my face,

“ Is sure my love to gain; “ And those that early seek my grace,

“Shall never seek in vain.' 4 What object, Lord, my soul should move,

If once compar'd with thee? What beauty should command my

love,
Like what in Christ I see?
5 Away, ye false delusive toys,

Vain tempters of the mind!
'Tis here I fix my lasting choice,

And here true bliss I find.

560. P.M.- The Saviour's Invitation to Youth. 1 FROM

yon

delusive scene,
Where death and ruin smile,
Beneath a treacherous mien,

The sinner to beguile,
The Saviour calls, O hear his voice,

And make his love your early choice. 2 Down from the realms of light,

To this dark world of wo,
He came with speedy flight,

Redemption to bestow :
The Saviour calls, O hear his voice,
And make his love your only choice.

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