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341.

L. M.— Holiness desired.
1 HEAR me, O God of righteousness,

Whilst I my numerous sins confess :
Purge from my soul each guilty stain,

Nor let a single spot remain.
2 When pardon'd and when purified,

I'll spread thy glories far and wide;
And loudly sing redeeming love,
Both here, and in the world above.

343.
C.M.- Religion the road to happiness.
1 O HAPPINESS, thou pleasing dream,

Where is thy substance found ?
Sought through the varying scenes in vain

Of earth's capacious round. 2 Religion's sacred lamp alone,

Unerring points the way,
Where happiness for ever shines,

With unpolluted ray.
3 To regions of eternal peace,

Beyond the starry skies,
Where pure, sublime, and perfect joys,
In endless prospect rise.

356. C. M.-“ Although the fig-tree shall not blossom--yet I will rejoice in

the Lord." Hab. üi. 17, 18.
1 SHOULD famine o'er the mournful field,

Extend her desolating reign;
Nor spring her blooming beauties yield,

Nor autumn swell the fruitful grain ;
2 Should lowing herds, and bleating sheep,

Around their famish'd master die;
And hope, itself, despairing, weep,
While life deplores its last supply;

3 Amid the dark, the dreadful scene,

If I can say, The Lord is mine!
The joy shall triumph o'er the pain,

And glory dawn, though life decline. 4 The God of my salvation lives;

My nobler life he will sustain :
His word immortal vigour gives;

Nor shall my glorious hope be vain.
5 Thy presence, Lord, can cheer my heart,

Though every earthly comfort die;
Thy smile can bid my pains depart,

And raise my sacred pleasures high. 6 Oh! let me hear thy blissful voice

Inspiring life and joys divine :
The barren desert shall rejoice,
'Tis paradise if thou art mine.

357.
L. M.-Joy in the presence of God. Ps. Ixiii.
1 O GOD, thou art my God alone ;

Early to thee my soul shall cry ;
A pilgrim in a land unknown,

A thirsty land, whose springs are dry. 2 Thee, in the watches of the night,

When I remember on my bed,
Thy presence makes the darkness light,
Thy guardian wings are round

my

head, 3 Better than life itself thy love,

Dearer than all beside to me;
For whom have I in heaven above,

Or what on earth compar'd with thee. 4 Praise with my heart, my mind, my voice,

For all thy mercy I will give ;
My soul shall still in God rejoice,

My tongue shall bless thee while I live.

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359. C. M.-" Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord."

Hosea vi. 3.
I SHINE forth, eternal source of light,

And make thy glories known;
Fill our enlarg d adoring sight,

With lustre all thy own.
2 Vain are the charms, and faint the rays

The brightest creatures boast;
And all their grandeur, and their praise

Are in thy presence lost.
3 To know the author of our frame

Is our sublimest skill;
True science is to read thy name,

True life to obey thy will.
4 For this I long, for this I pray,

And following on pursue,
Till visions of eternal day,
Fix and complete the view.

374. C. M.-“ Now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three, but the

greatest of these is charity." 1 Cor. xiii. 13. 1 FAITH, hope, and love, now dwell on earth,

And earth by them is blest;
But faith and hope must yield to love,

Of all the graces best. .
2 Hope shall to full fruition rise,

And faith to sight above;
These are the means, but this the end ;
For saints for ever love.

382.
C.M.- Moderation; or the saint indeed. Phil. iv. 5
1 HAPPY the man whose cautious steps

Still keep the golden mean:
Whose life, by wisdom's rules well form’d,

Declares a conscience clean.

2 Not of himself he highly thinks,

Nor acts the boaster's part;
His modest tongue the language speaks

Of his still humbler heart.
3 Not in base scandal's arts he deals,

For truth dwells in his breast;
With grief he sees his neighbour's faults,

And thinks and hopes the best. 4 What blessings bounteous heaven bestows,

He takes with thankful heart:
With temperance he both eats and drinks,

And gives the poor a part.
5 To sect or party his large soul

Disdains to be confin'd:
The good he loves of every name,
And
prays

for all mankind.
6 Pure is his zeal, the offspring fair

Of truth and heavenly love;
The bigot's rage can never dwell,

Where rests the peaceful dove. 7 His business is to keep his heart,

Each passion to controul;
Nobly ambitious well to rule

The empire of his soul.
8 Not on the world his heart is set,

His treasure is above;
Nothing beneath the sovereign good
Can claim his highest love.

383.

L. M.- Agur's wish. Prov. XXX 8.
1 FOUNTAIN of blessing, ever bless'd,

Enriching all, of all possess’d,
By thee, O Lord, creation's fed,
Give me, each day, my daily bread.

2 To thee, my life, my friends I owe;

From thee my various comforts flow;
And every blessing which I need,

Must from thy bounteous hand proceed. 3 Great things are not what I desire,

Not dainty meat, nor rich attire:
Content with little would I be ;

That little, Lord, must come from thee. 4 While carnal men with all their store,

Are ever grasping after more,
With Agur's wish I'm satisfied,
Nor envy them the world beside.

387. L. M.--A good conscience. Acts xxiii. 1. xxiv. 16. 2 Cor. i. 12.

1 Pet. iii. 16. 1 SWEET peace of conscience, heavenly guest,

Come, fix thy mansion in my breast;
Dispel my doubts, my fears controul,

And heal the anguish of my soul.
2 Come smiling hope, and joy sincere;

Come, make your constant dwelling here;
Still let your presence cheer my

heart,
Nor sin compel you to depart.
3 Thou God of hope and peace divine,

Oh, make these sacred pleasures mine!
Forgive my sins, my fears remove,

And send the tokens of thy love.
4 Then should my eyes, without a tear,

See death, with all its terrors, near :
My heart should then in death rejoice,

And raptures tune my faltering voice. 5 Nay, should the frame of nature fall,

And flames surround this earthly ball;
Even then, my soul, without dismay
The mighty ruin would survey.

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