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And bleeds in pity o'er the wound
He wants the pow'r to heal.

5 He spreads his kind supporting arms
To ev'ry child of grief:
His secret bounty largely flows
And brings unask’d relief.
6. To gentle offices of love
His feet are never slow :
He views through mercy's melting eye
A brother in a foe.

7 Peace from the bosom of his God,
My peace to him I give ;
And when he kneels before his throne,
His trembling soul shall live.

8 To him protection shall be shown,
And mercy from above
Descend on those who thus fulfil
The perfect law of love. BARBAULD.

HYMN 519. C. M.
The aged Christian's Prayer. Ps. lxxi. 17, 18.

OD of my childhood, and my youth,
The guide of all my days
I have declar'd thy heavenly truth,
I’ve seen thy wond’rous ways.

2 Wilt thou forsake my hoary hairs,
And leave my fainting heart?
Who shall sustain my sinking years,
If God, my strength, depart 1
3 Let me thy pow'r and truth proclaim
To the surviving age:
And leave a savour of thy name
When I shall quit the stage.
4 The land of silence and of death
Attends my next remove:
Oh! may these poor remains of breath
Proclaim thy boundless lovel WATTs.
HYMN 520. S. M.
Reliance upon God.

Y Father l—cheering name !
O may I call thee mine !
Give me with humble hope to claim
A portion so divine.
2 . This can my fears control,
And bid my sorrows fly;
What real harm can reach my soul
Beneath my Father's eye?
3 Whate'er thy will denies
I calmly would resign;
For thou art just, and good, and wise:
O bend my will to thine !
4 Whate'er thy will ordains,
O give me strength to bear;
Still let me know a Father reigns,
And trust a Father's care.

5 If anguish rend this frame,
And life almost depart;
Is not thy mercy still the same
To cheer my drooping heart?
6 Thy ways are little known
To my weak erring sight:
Yet shall my soul, believing, own
That all thy ways are right.
7 My Father:-blissful name ! .
Above expression dear!
If thou accept my humble claim,
I bid adieu to fear. MRs. STEELE,

HYMN 521. S. M.
Light and Deliverance.
HE trav’ller, lost in night,
Breathes many a longing sigh,
And marks the welcome dawn of light,
With rapture in his eye. -

2 Thus sweet the dawn of day
Which weary sinners find,
When mercy with reviving ray
Beams o'er the fainting mind.

3 To slaves, oppress'd with chains,
How kind, how dear the friend,
Whose gen'rous hand relieves their pains,
And bids their sorrows end |

4 Thus dear that Friend divine,
Who rescues captive souls;
Unbinds the galling chains of sin,
And all its power controls.

5 My God! to gospel light
My dawn of hope I owe ;
Once, wand'ring in the shades of night,
And sunk in hopeless wo.

6 Thy hand redeem'd the slave,
And set the pris'ner free:
Be all I am, and all I have,
Devoted, Lord, to thee! MRs. STEELE.

HYMN 522. C. M.

The Vicissitudes of Providence.

HE gifts indu'gent heaven bestows
Are variously convey'd ;
The human mind, like nature, knows
Alternate light and shade.

2. While changing aspects all things wear,
Can we expect to find
Unclouded sunshine all the year,
Or constant peace of mind?

3 More gaily smiles the blooming spring,
When wintry storms are o'er;
Retreating sorrow thus may bring
Delights unknown before.

4 Then, christian send thy fears away,
Nor sink in gloomy care :
Though clouds o'erspread the scene to-day,
To-morrow may be fair. MRs. STEELE.

HYMN 523. P. M. God the only Refuge of the Afflicted. TTOW vast is the tribute I owe Of gratitude, homage, and praise To the Giver of all I possess, The life and the length of my days' $2 Thou alone art the author of all ! The faithful, unchangeable friend! Thou alone our griefs canst remove, Thou alone from evils defend. 3 When the sorrows I boded were come, I pour’d out my sighs and my tears; To him who alone can relieve My soul breath'd her vows and her pray'rs. 4. When my heart throbb'd pain and alarm, When paleness my cheek overspread, When sickness pervaded my frame; My soul on my Maker was staid. 5 When death's awful image was nigh, And no one was able to save, Thou brighten'st the valley of death, And illum'st the gloom of the grave. 6 In mercy thy spirit dispels The shade of calamity's night; And turns the sad scenes of despair To mornings of joy and delight. 7 Great source of my comforts restor'd 1 Thou healer and balm of my woes! Thou hope and desire of my soul! On mercy I'll ever repose. 8 How boundless the gratitude due To thee, O thou God of my praise, The fountain of all I possess, The light and the life of my days! JERwis.

HYMN 524. Six Line Long Metre.

Imploring Divine Mercy. Ps. cxxx.

UT of the depths of sad distress, The gloomy mazes of despair, To heaven we raise our warm address ; Deign, O our God 1 to hear our pray’r O let thine ear indulge our grief, For thy indulgence is relief. 2 Shouldst thou, O God minutely scan Our faults, and as severely chide ; No mortal seed of sinful man Could such a scrutiny abide :But mercy shines in all thy ways, Bright theme of universal praise ! 3 With longing eyes we seek the Lord, Before his throne our souls attend : Firmly on his eternal word Our faith is fix’d, our hopes depend : On wings of love our souls shall rise In contemplation to the skies. 4 Ye pious minds ! on God rely : With full assurance in him trust ; He sends redemption from on high, And raises sinners from the dust. He will at length absolve his heirs From all their guilt and all their fears. DENHAM.

HYMN 525. Sevens Metre.
A Penitential Hymn.
G% of mercy God of love
Hear our sad repentant song ;
Sorrow dwells on ev'ry face,
Penitence on ev'ry tongue.

2 Deep regret for follies past,
Talents wasted, time misspent ;
Hearts debas'd by worldly cares,
Thankless for the blessings lent—

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