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1 FOUNTAIN of blessings ever bless'd, Enriching all, of all possess'd,
By whom the whole creation's fed,
Give us, each day, our daily bread.
2 To thee our very life we owe,
From thee do all our comforts flow;
And ev'ry blessing which we need
Must from thy bounteous hand proceed.
3 Great things are not what we desire,
Nor dainty meat, nor rich attire ;
Content with little would we be,
That little, Lord, must come from thee.
4 While wicked men with all their store,
Are ever grasping after more;
With Agur's wish we're satisfied,
Nor grudge them all the world beside.
C. M. J. NEWTON.
Confidence in God.
1 O HAPPY they who know the Lord,
With whom he deigns to dwell;
He feeds and cheers them by his word,
His arm supports them well.
2 To them, in each distressing hour,
His throne of grace is near;
And when they plead his love and power, He stands engaged to hear.
3 He helped his saints in ancient days
Who trusted in his name;
And we can witness to his praise,
His love is still the same.
4 His presence sweetens all our cares,
And makes our burdens light;
A word from him dispels our fears,
And gilds the gloom of night.
5 Lord, we expect to suffer here,
Nor would we dare repine;
But give us still to find thee near,
And own us still for thine.
Let us enjoy and highly prize
The tokens of thy love,
Till thou bid us immortal rise
To worship thee above.
L. M. SCOTT.
1 ALL-SEEING God! 'tis thine to know
The springs whence wrong opinions flow;
To judge from principles within,
When frailty errs, and when we sin.
2 Who among men, great Lord of all,
Thy servant to his bar shall call ?
Judge him, for modes of faith, thy foe,
And doom him to the realms of wo?
3 Who with another's eye can read?
Or worship by another's creed ?
Trusting thy grace, we form our own,
And bow to thy commands alone.
4 If wrong, correct; accept, if right;
While faithful, we improve our light,
Condemning none, but zealous still
To learn and follow all thy will.
S. M. CowPER.
Dependence on God.
1 TO keep the lamp alive,
With oil we fill the bowl;
'Tis water makes the willow thrive,
And grace that feeds the soul.
2 The Lord's unsparing hand
Supplies the living stream;
It is not at our own command,
But still derived from him.
Man's wisdom is to seek
His strength in God alone;
And e'en an angel would be weak,
Who trusted in his own.
Retreat beneath his wings,
And in his grace confide;
This more exalts the King of kings,
Than all your works beside.
In God is all our store,
Grace issues from his throne;
Whoever says, "I want no more,"
Confesses he has none.
C. M. RYLAND.
Delight in God.
1 O Lord, we would delight in thee,
And on thy care depend;
To thee in ev'ry trouble flee,
Our best, our only friend.
2 When all created streams are dried,
Thy fulness is the same;
May we with this be satisfied,
And glory in thy name.
3 Why should the soul a drop bemoan, Who has a fountain near;
A fountain which will ever run
With waters sweet and clear?
4 O, that we had but stronger faith,
To look within the veil,
To credit what the Saviour saith,
Whose word can never fail!
5 O Lord, we cast our care on thee,
We triumph and adore;
Henceforth our great concern shall be,
To love and please thee more.
Delight and Holy Zeal.
YE servants of the Lord,
Each in his office wait;
Observant of his heav'nly word,
And watchful at his gate.
Let all your lamps be bright,
And trim the golden flame;
Gird up your loins, as in his sight,
For awful is his name.
Watch, 'tis your Lord's command,
And while we speak, he 's near;
Mark the first signal of his hand,
And ready all appear.
happy servant he,
such a posture found!
He shall his Lord with rapture see,
And be with honour crown'd.
L. M. BEDDOME.
Equity and Candour.
1 HEAR what the holy prophets teach,
The scorner's seat with care decline;
Keep silence still, or let your speech
Be seasoned well with grace divine.
2 Reproachful words put far away,
Seek to conceal your neighbour's blame;
Dare not his secret faults betray,
Or his infirmities proclaim.
3 Give no offence to Greek or Jew,
But follow peace with all mankind;
Let love through all your actions flow,
Ingenious, free, and unconfined.
4 Fly faction, strife and fierce debate,
From wrath and bitterness abstain;
The measure you to others mete,
Others will mete to you again.
C. M. WATTS.
Faith of Things not seen.
1 FAITH is the brightest evidence Of things beyond our sight,
Breaks thro' the clouds of flesh and sense,
And dwells in heav'nly light.
2 It sets time past in present view,
Brings distant prospects home,
Of things a thousand years ago,
Or thousand years to come.
3 By faith we know the worlds were made
By God's almighty word:
Abra'm to unknown countries led,
By faith obey'd the Lord.
4 He sought a city far and high,
Built by th' Eternal hands;
And faith assures us, though we
That heav'nly building stands.
L. M. WATTS
Walking by Faith.
1 "TIS by the faith of joys to come, We walk through deserts dark as night; Till we arrive at heaven, our home,
Faith is our guide-and faith our light,
2 The want of sight she well supplies;
She makes the pearly gates appear;
Far into distant worlds she pries,
And brings eternal glories near.
Cheerful we tread the desert through,
While faith inspires a heavenly ray,
Though lions roar-and tempests blow,
And rocks and dangers fill the way.
1 FAITH adds new charms to earthly bliss. And saves us from his snares:
It yields support in all our toils,
And softens all our cares.
2 The wounded conscience knows its power, The healing balm to give;
That balm the saddest heart can cheer,
And make the dying live.
3 Wide it unveils the heavenly worlds,
Where endless pleasures reign;
It bids us seek our portion there,
Nor bids us seek in vain.
4 Faith shows the promises, all sealed
With our Redeemer's blood;
It helps our feeble hope to rest
Upon a faithful God.
5 There, still unshaken, would we rest
Till this frail body dies;
And then on faith's triumphant wing,
To endless glory rise.
C. M. WATTS.
Faith without Works is dead,
ISTAKEN souls, that dream of heaven,
And make their empty boast