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i ;. Our airy seet with unknown slight
Swift as the motions of desire,
Run up the hills of heavenly light,
And leave the welt'ring world in sire.]

t CCCLXIII. Comfort in Sickness and Death.

i.. TT THEN sickness shakes the languid VV frame,

Each dazzling pleafure slies;
Phantoms of bills no more obscure
Our long deluded eyes.

2. Then the tremendous arm of death

Its fatal sceptre shews; . And nature faints beneath the weight Of complicated woes.

3. The tott'ring frame of mortal lise

Shall crumble into dust;
Nature shall faint; but learn, my soul,
On nature's God to trust.

4.. The man, whose pious heart is six'd
On his all-gracious God,
From ev'iy frown may draw a joy,
And kifs the chast'ning rod.
5. Nor. him shall death itself alarm;
On heav'n his soul relies;
With joy he views his maker's love,
And with compofure dies.

CCCLX1V. The Day of Vifitation.

I. TTT7HEN storms hang o'er the Christi

VV an's head,

He slies unto his God;
And under His resreshing shade
Finds a secure abode.

2. When soes without and lusts within

Jjeek to disturb his peace;

To God he makes his sorrows knows),
And straight his sorrows cease.

3. When winds of strong temptation blow, And floods of trouble roll;

God is the help and resuge too
Of his distressed soul.

4. But when tremendous terrors seize,
Where will the finntr fly?

He seels a thoufand agonies,
And no deliv'rer nigh.

X CCCLXV. Christ dwells in Heaven, hut •vifits on Earth.

i. \T7HEN strangers stand and hear ms VV tell

What beauties in my Sa vio Or dwell;
Where He is gone, they fain would hotf,
That they may seek and love Him too.

2. My best-beloved keeps his throne
On hills of light, in worlds unknown;
But he descends, and shows his face
In the young gardens of his grace.

[3. In vineyards planted by his hand.
Where fruitful trees in order stand;
He seeds among the spicy beds,
W here lillies shew their spotless heads,

4. He has ingrost my warmest love,
No earthly charms my soul can move:
I have a mansion in His heart,
Nor death nor hell shall make us part.]

[5. He takes my soul e'er I'm aware,
And shews me where His glories are;
No chariot of Amminadib
The heavenly rapture can describe.

6. O may my spirit daily rife
On wines of faith above the skies;

a 'Till T^ll death shall make my last remove To dwell for ever with my love !]

CCCLXVI. Rgdimption by Christ.

1 - \ 'K 7"HEN the first parents of our race
V V Rebell'd, and lost their God;
And the insection of their fin
Had tainted all our blood;

2. Infinite pity touch'd the heart

Os the eternal So N;
Descending from the heavenly Court
He lest His Father's throne.

3. Afide the prince of glory threw

-His most divine array;
And wrapt his Godhead in a veil
Of our inserior clay.

4. His living pow'r and dying love,

. Redeem'd unhappy men;
And rais'd the ruins of our race
To lise and God again.

5.O for this love let rocks and hills
Their lasting filence break;
And all harmonious human tongues'
The Saviour's praifes speak.

[6. Yes, we will praise Thee, dearest Lord,
Our fouls are all on slame;
Hofanna round the spacious earth,
To Thine adored name.]

[7. Thine honor snail for ever be
The bufiness of our days;
Forever shall our thankful tongues
Speak Thy deserved praife.]

8. Angel? assist our mighty joys, •
Strf;e all your harps of gold;
But when you raise your highest notes,
His love can ne'er be told.]

CCCLXVII. Sickness and Recrjery.

1 • \ % 7 H E N we are rais'd from deep W Distress,

Our God deserves a fong;
We take the pattern of our praise
From Hezekiab's tongue.

2. The gates of the devouring gravo

Ate open'd wide in vain t
If He that holds the keys of death
Commands them fast again.

3: Pains of the flesh are wqnt t'abuse
Our minds with slavifh sears;
"Our days are past, and we shall lose
"The remnant of our years.

4. We chatter with a swallow's voice,
Or like a dove we mourn t
With bitterness instead of joys,
Asflicted and forlorn.

5-Jehovah speaks the healing word,
And no difease withstands-.
Fevers and plagues obey the Lord,
And fly at his commands.

6 If half the strings of lise should break,
He can our frame restore:
He casts our fins behind his back,
And they are found no more.

CCCLXVIII. The Hazard os loving the

t.TTkTHERE-e'er my fktt'ring passions VV rove,

I find a lurking snare;
'Tis dang'rous to let loose our love
Beneath th' Eternal fair.

3. Souls whom the tie of friendship binds,

And partners of our blood,
'N i C^

Seize a large portion of our minds,
And leave the less sor God.

3. Nature has soft but pow'rful bands,

And reason she controuls;
While children with their little hands
Hang closest to our souls.

4. Thoughtless they act th' old serpent's part;

What tempting things they be! Lord how they twine about our heart, And draw it osf from thee !.

5. Our hasty wills rush blindly on

Where rising passion rolls;
And thus we make our setters strong
To bind our slavifh souls.

6. Dear sov'reign, break these setters osf,

And set our spirits free;
God in himself is blils enough,
For we have all in Thee.

t CCCLX1X. Longing to he with Christ.
I.XTT7HILE on the verge of lise I stand,
VV And view the scene on either hand:
-My spirit struggles with my clay
And longs to wing its slight away.

1. Where Jesus dwells my soul would be;
And faints my much-lov'd Lord to see:
Earth, twine no more about my heart,
For 'tis far better to depart.

5. Come, ye angelic envoys, come,
Ard lead the willing pilgrim home!
Ye k'ow the way to |e s u's throne,
Source of my joys, and of your own.

4. That blifssul interview, how sVeet I
To fall transported at his seet!
Rais'ct in his arms to view His face
Thro' the full beamings of His grace!

5. As with a Seraph's voice to sing! To sly as on a Chtrub's wing! Persorming with unweary'd hands

The present Saviour's high commands!

6. Yet, with these prospects full in sight,
We'll wait Thy signal sor the flight;
For while Thy service we purfue,
We sind a heav'n begun below.

CCCLXX. A good Conscience.

i. T X 7HILE some in solly's pleafures roll;

VV And seek the joys which-hurt the Be ours that silent calm repast, [soul;

A peacesul Conscience to the last!

2. With this companion in the shade,
Our souls no more shall be difmay'd;
We will desy the midnight gloom,
And the pale monarch of the tomb.

3. Though heav'n asflict, we'll not complain;
The noblest comsorts still remain;
Comsorts that shall o'er death prevail,
And journey with us thro' the vale.

4. Amidst the various scenes of ills
Each stroke some kind design fulsils;
And shall we murmur at our Gob,
When sov'reign love directs the rod?

5. His hand will smooth our rugged way,
And lead us to the realms of day;
To milder skies and brighter plains,
Where everlasting pleafure reigns.

CCCLXXI. Joy in Heaven for a resenting

Sinner. i. XXTHO can describe the joys that rife VV Thro' all the courts of F.sradise, To see a prodigal returns To see an heir of glory born?

- a.Wiik

2.With joy the Father doth approve
The fruit of His eternal love;
The Son with joy looks down and sees
The purchase of His agonies.

3-The Spirit takes delight to view
The holy fml He form'd a-new;
And Jtiints and tingels join to fing
The growing empire of their king.

\ CCCLXXII. Worshipping •with Fear.

I. XTTTHO dares attempt th' eternal name
T V With notes of mortal found?
Dangers and- glories guard the theme,
And spread despair around.

a. Destruction waits t' obey his frown,
And heaven attends his smile;
A wreath of lightning arms his crown,
But love adorns it still.

[3 Celestial King our spirits lie
Prostrate beneath Thy seet;
And wish, and cast a longingeye,
To reach Thy lpfty seat.]

4. When shall we see the great Unknown,
And in Thy presence stand?
Reveal th« splendors of Thy throne;
But shield us with Thy hand.

[5. In Thee what endless wonders meets
What various glory shinesl
The .-rolling rays too siercely beat
Upon our fsinting minds.

6. Angels are lost in sweet furprize,

If Thou unveil Thy grace;
And humble awe runs thro' the skies,
When wrath arrays Thy face.]

7. When mercy joins with majesty

To spread their beams abroad;

Not all the fairest minds on high
Are shadows ef a God. .

8. Thv works the strongest seraph fings
In a too seeble strain;
And labours hard on all his strings
To reach Thy thoughts in vain.

9 Created pow'rs, how weak they be!
How short our praifes fall!
So much a-kin to nothing we,
And thou th' eternal all.

CCCLXXIII. The Humiliation and Exaltation os Christ.

1. THTTHO has believ'd Thy Word,

VV Or Thy falvation known?
Reveal thine arm, almighty Lord,
And glorify thy Son.

2. The "Jews csteem'd Him here
Too mean for their belies:

Sorrows His chies acquaintance were, •
And His companion gries.

3. They turn their eyes away,
And treated Him with scorn;

But'twas their gries upon Him lay,
Their forrows He has born.

4. 'Twas for the stubborn Jsws
And Gentiles then unknown,

The God of justice pleas'd to bruise
His belt-beloved Sox.

5. "Hut I'll prolong his days,

"AruHnake his kingdom stand,
"My pleafure (faith the God of' Grace)
"Shall prosper in His hand. .

[6. "His joyful foul sh'all see
"The purchase of His pain;
"And by His knowledge justify
"The'guiity fons of men.]

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[7. "Ten thoufand captive (lav??, "Releas'd from death and fin, "Shall quiftheir prifons and their graves; "And own His pow'r civine.} [8. "Heav'n lhall advance my So N "To joys that earth deny'd; "Who faw the follies men had done, "And bore their fins and dy'd.j

CCCLXXIV. The Christian. 7s.

'HO is as the christian great?
Bought, and wafrTd with facred
Crowns He sees beneath his seet, [blood,
Soars aloft and walks>with God.

5. Who is as the christian wise?
He his nought for all hath given,
Bought the pearl of greatest price,
Nobly barter'd earth for heaven.

«. Who is as the christian blest?
He hath found the long'd-sor stone,
He Is join'd to Christ his rest,
He and happinels arc one.

4.E rth ard Heaven together meet,
Gifts, in Kim and graces ]oin,
Mnke the character compleat,
All immortal all divine.

3. Lo-!-his cloathing is the Sun,
The bright Sun of righteousness;

He hath put falvation on,
jcsiis is the beauteous dre:s,

6. Lo.! He seeds on living bread,
Drinks the fountain from above,
Leans on "jesu's breast his head,
Feasts for ever on his love!

.j. Angels here his servants are,
"""aread for Him their, golden wings;

To his throne of glory bear,
Seat Him by the king of kings.

8. Who shall gain that heavenly height?
Who his Saviour's face shall see?
I Who claim it in his right,
Christ who bought it all for me.

% CCCLXXV. Christ's Live and the Soul's Jealoasy os her own.

[•• \X7''0 is this fair one in distress, W That travels from the wile'erness t And, press'd with forrows and with fins, On her beloved Lord she leans?

2. This is the spouse of Christ our God, Bought with the treafures of His blood; And her request and her complaint,

Is but the voice of every faint.]

3. " G let my name engraven stand,

"Both on Thy heart and on Thy hand:
"Seal me upon Thine arm; and wear
"That pledge of love for ever there.

A . " Stronger than death thy love is known,
''Which floods of wrath could never drown;
"And hell and earth in vain combine
"To quench a fire fo much divine.

5. " But I am jealous of my heart,

"Lest it should once from Thee depart;
"Then let Thy name be well imprest
"As a fair fignet on my breast.

6. " 'Till thou hast brought me to thy home, "Where sears and doubts can never come; "Thy count'nance let me often see,

"And often Thou shalt hear from me.

7. " Come my beloved, haste away,
", Cut short the hours of thy delay,
"Fly, like a youthful heart or roe,
'' der the hills where spices grow!


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