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Come and possess me whole,
Nor hence again remove; Settle and fix my wavering soul,
With all thy weight of love.
My one desire be this,
Thy only love to know, To seek, and taste no other bliss,
No other good below.
My life, my portion, thou,
Thou all-sufficient art; My hope, my heav'nly treasure, now
Enter, and keep my heart.
Rather than let it burn
· For earth, O quench its heat; And when it would to earth return,
O let it cease to beat.
Snatch me from ill to come,
When I from thee would ily;
And grant me then to die.
SINKING underneath my load,
Darkly feeling after thee;
Why, O why, am I forgot ?
Still I ask, nor yet receive,
Knock at the unopen'd door;
Bearing, what I cannot bear,
Hear in mercy my complaint,
Hear, and hasten to my aid ; Help, or utterly I faint; Fails the spirit thou hast made : Still, I at thy footstool keep, Pray and bope, despair and weep.
Struggling in temptation's snare,
Lo! I ever look to thee;
True and faithful is his word,
Come then, O my Saviour, come,
God of truth, no longer stay,
Let me from the trial iy,
Waft me to that happy shore,
Port of ease, and end of care ;
Surely of my God possest,
Rise, my soul, the dawn appears,
of that eternal day; Quit, in hope, the vale of tears,
And mount, and soar away :
Darting thro' this lower sphere,
Quick as a seraphic fame: Rise the marriage feast to share,
Of Moses and the Lamb.
In thee my only friend confide,
'Till all my course be run.
Surely, I now rely on thee,
Within thine arms I am; And trust, the glorious face to see,
Of my triumphant Lamb.
I know the prayer of faith is heard,
I feel the answer given;
To meet my Lord in heaven.
St. John's, Antigua, 1775. NY DEAR MRS. G,
THE long and steady friendship which has subsisted between us, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and adversity, ever the same without change or diminution, leaves me no room to doubt, that it will extend to my little family, and that you will be as ready, to the utmost of your power, to befriend them, as you have been the dear father already gone, and your friend, who is, perhaps, about to follow.
If it should please God to take me away in my approaching confinement, I leave you and Capt. G. full power to do with and dispose of every thing in this house, and belonging to me in this Island, as you shall think most for the advantage of my little family. You know my extreme tenderness for their dear father made me unable to part with any of his clothes, but these can be of no consequence to me when I chall again have joined him for whose sake I kept them ; you may therefore dispose of them, and also of my own, if you think what they will fetch will be of more service to the children. But I do not choose to leave any particular directions about my trifling effects ; you will consult with other friends; and I know, I am