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5 In her secure and calm retreat,

He now enjoys a tranquil state;
Conscious that God will deign to hear
The contrite, humble, and sincere.

282. L. M. MERRICK.

Imploring divine protection. 1 THINE eyes in me the sheep behold,

Whose feet have wander'd from the fold; That guideless, helpless, strives in vain

To find its safe retreat again : 2 Now listens, if perchance its ear

The shepherd's well-known voice may hcar; Now, as the tempests round it blow,

In plaintive accents vents its woe. 3 Great Ruler of this earthly ball !

Do thou my erring steps recall;
O seek thou him who thee has sought,
Nor turns from thy decrees his thought.

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Forgiveness of sin upon confession.
O BLESSED souls are they,

Whose sins are cover'd o’er !
Divinely blest to whom the LORD

Imputes their guilt no more!
They mourn their follies past,
And keep their hearts with care ;


Their lips and lives without deceit,

Shall prove their souls sincere. 3 While I conceal'd my guilt,

I felt the fest'ring wound;
But I renounc'd my former sins,

And peace and pardon found. 4 Let sinners learn to pray;

Let all keep near the throne; Our help in time of deep distress,

Is found in God alone.


Devout Affections and Good Resolutions.

284. L. M. MERRICK.

The pleasures of devotion.
1 GOD of my strength! to thee I cry;

To thee, my surest refuge, fly :
O may thy light attend my way,

Thy truth afford its cheering ray! 2 Conduct me to thy hallow'd seat,

Where wisdom, truth, and mercy meet;
And there, in all its best array,

My heart its richest gifts shall pay. 3 Thy mercies, to my heart reveal’d,

A theme of endless transport yield;
Thy love does all my bosom fire,

Thy praise does all my song inspire. 4 In all our cares, in all our woes,

On God our steadfast hopes repose;
To God our thanks shall still be paid,
Our sure defence, our constant aid.

285. C. M. Miss H. M. WILLIAMS.

Habitual devotion. 1 WHILE thee I seek, protecting Pow'r !

Be my vain wishes stilld;

And may this consecrated hour

With better hopes be fill’d. 2 Thy love the pow’rs of thought bestow'd ;

To thee my thoughts would soar; Thy mercy o'er my life has flow'd :

That mercy I adore !
3 In each event of life, how clear

Thy ruling hand I see!
Each blessing to my soul more dear,

Because conferr'd by thee.
4 In ev'ry joy that crowns my days,

In ev'ry pain I bear,
My heart shall find delight in praise,

Or seek relief in pray’r. 5 When gladness wings my favour'd hour,

Thy love my thoughts shall fill : Resign'd, when storms of sorrow low'r,

My soul shall meet thy will. 6 My lifted eye, without a tear,

The low'ring storm shall see ; My steadfast heart shall know no fear :

That heart shall rest on thee!

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286. S. M. WATTS.

Daily devotion.
WHILE thoughtless sinners choose

The road that leads to death;
I, in the service of my God,

Will spend my daily breath.

2 I 'll worship at his throne,

When morning brings the light;
I'll seek his blessing ev'ry noon,

And pay my vows at night. 3 With all my anxious cares, I 'll lean upon the LORD;


on his arm,
And rest upon his word.
4 His arm shall well sustain

The children of his love;
The ground on which their safety stands,

No earthly pow'r can move.

I'll cast my

287. L. M. WALKER.

Communion with God. 1 ENOUGH of life's vain scene I 've trod,

Sweet is this interval of rest:
With cheerful heart I meet my God,

His presence makes me truly blest. 2 Father and Friend ! relations dear,

Rejoicing to the human soul;
They lift us above ev'ry fear,

And ills (if ills there be) control.
3 Pleasant is life, and sweet the light

That pours from the bright orb of day, ,
Revealing to our raptur'd sight

The world in all its rich display.
4 Pleasant is life, and sweet its ties,

The touching charities of man;

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