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6 Time, which this world with all its joys
With eager haste devours, May take inferior things away,
But Jesus still is ours. 324. L. M. DODDRIDGE.
Strength equal to our day. 1 NOW let the feeble all be strong,
And make Jehovah's arm their song;
And, thus supported, who shall faint ? 2 What though the hosts of hell engage
With mingled cruelty and rage !
And chains them down in iron bands. 3 Bound by his word, he will display
A strengih proportion’d to our day:
Will show a path of safe retreat.
Which Jesus ratify'd with blood:
And still, in him, let Israel trust. 325. L. M. GIBBONS.
Imitation of Christ's Beneficence. 1 WHEN Jesus dwelt in mortal clay,.
What were his works from day to day,
That spread salvation through our race ? 2 Teach us, O Lord, to keep in view
Thy pattern, and thy steps pursue;
Be witness'd by each rolling sun.
Who much receives, but nothing gives;
Creation's blot, creation's blank:
In gen'rous acts his radiant way,
L. M. SCOTT.
With iron chains the free-born mind;
The wand'ring, by destructive flame.
Dominion not to mortals giv'n;
Accountable to God alone.
Doth no such cruelties approve;
No arms but what persuasion yields. 4 By proofs divine, and reason strong,
It draws the willing mind along;
L. M. JARVIS.
To solid glory is inclin'd,
And keep the godlike prize in view. 2 His calm, undaunted, manly breast,
Of virtue, honour, truth possest,
And fearless tread this mortal stage. 3 Amidst th' assailing ills of life,
Pride, passion, malice, envy, strife;
Intrepid, generous, just and wise. 4 In conscious rectitude secure,
This man, unshaken, shall endure
Oppression, bondage, sickness, pain. 5 And when, at last, th' eternal Power
Shall fix th' irrevocable hour;
6 Conscious of sov'reign mercy near,
Its voice shall banish ev'ry fear;
Waft him to realms beyond the tomb.
For this rich gospel of thy grace;
Teach them to feel its vital pow'r.
And keep the crown of life in view ;
The labour of ten thousand days.
Unmov'd, their terrors we'll survey;
The last of life or liberty.
Our souls to their supreme delight;
Bears us to Christ our better life. 329. C. M. ANONYMOUS.
The joy of the Lord is your strength. 1 JOY is a fruit that will not grow
In nature's barren soil;
Is vanity and toil.
And made his glories known;
Are found, and there alone.
A sense of pard’ning love,
Give joys like those above.
To know that God is mine,
Unspeakable ! divine !
5 These are the joys which satisfy,
And sanctify the mind
And leave the world behind.
But if you are the Lord's,
Such joys as earth affords. 330. L. M. ANONYMOUS.
The death of Stephen. 1 AS some tall rock amidst the waves
The fury of the tempest braves, While the fierce billows, tossing high,
Break at its foot, and murm’ring die ;) 2 Thus they who in the Lord confide,
Though foes assault on ev'ry side, Cannot be mov'd or overthrown,
For Jesus makes their cause his own. 3 So faithful Stephen, undismay'd,
The malice of the Jews survey'd;
A lustre on his face impress’d.
Is open'd to my strengthen'd sight;
That Jesus whom ye lately slew."
No form of death could make him fear; Calm, amidst show'rs of stones, he kneels,
And only for murd'rers feels.
Dear Saviour, eyer near to us!
CHRISTIAN GRACES ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED 331. S. M. J. WESLEY.
The Christian Armour. 1 SOLDIERS of Christ, arise,
And put your armour on;
Strong in the strength which God supplies,
In his beloved Son.
2 Strong in the Lord of hosts,
And mighty in his pow'r;
Is more than conqueror.
The armour of your God;
Pursue the path he trod.
And all our conflicts past,
And stand entire at last.
And put your armour on;
Let every fear be gone:
And never yield, though faint, pursue. 2 Though sin, and death, and hell,
Your heav'nly march oppose;
God will confound your foes:
And Gideon like, though faint, pursue. 3 Ne'er lay your weapons down,
Till death shall close the strife;
Of everlasting life:
As Gideon conquer'd, so shall you. 4 Come feed on heav'nly bread,
'Twill make you strong to fight;
And put your foes to flight: