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3 Thus far thine arm hath led us on;

Thus far we make thy mercy known;
And, while we tread this desert land,

New mercies shall new songs demand. 4 Our grateful souls, on Jordan's shore,

Would raise one sacred anthem more;
Then sing, in brighter courts above,
Unceasing strains of grateful love.
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Travellers to the grave.
Job vii, 6. Ps. xc, 12. Isa. xxxviii, 12.
1 THEE we adore, Eternal Name!

And humbly own to Thee,
How feeble is our mortal frame!

What dying worms are we!
2[Our wasting lives grow shorter still,

As months and days increase;
And every beating pulse we tell

Leaves but the number less.]
3 The year rolls round, and steals away

The breath that first it gave;
Whate'er we do, where'er we be,

We're travelling to the grave.
4 Great God! on what a slender thread

Hang everlasting things!
Th' eternal state of all the dead
Upon life's feeble strings !

5 Infinite joy, or endless woe,

Attends on every breath;
And yet how unconcern'd we go

Upon the brink of death!
6 Waken, O Lord! our drowsy sense

To walk this dang’rous road;
And, if our souls be hurried hence,

May they be found with God!

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Job xiv, 10-12. Ps. xc, 4-6. Eph. v, 16. i God of eternity! from Thee

Did infant time his being draw;
Moments, and days, and months, and years,

Revolve by thine unvaried law.
2 Silent and slow they glide away;

Steady and strong the current flows;
Lost in eternity's wide sea-

The boundless ocean whence it rose. 3 With it the thoughtless sons of men

Before the rapid stream are borne
On to that fathomless abyss,
Whence not one soul can e'er return.

4 Yet, while the shore on either side

Presents a gaudy, flatt'ring show,
We gaze in fond amazement lost,

Nor think to what a world we go.
5 Great Source of wisdom! teach my heart

To know the price of every hour,
That time may bear me on to joys
Beyond its measure and its pow'r.

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C. M. Welcome eternal day.

Rom. xiii, 11-14. 1 Pet. iv, 7.
1 SERVANTS of God! awake! arise!

And lift your voices high!
Praise and adore that boundless love,

Which brings salvation nigh!
2 Swift on the wings of time it flies,

Each moment brings it near;
Then gladly view each closing day,

Gladly each closing year.
3 For few indeed their round shall run,

Few future mornings rise,
Ere all its glories stand reveal'd

To our admiring eyes,

4 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course!

Ye mortal powers, decay!
Fast as ye bring the night of death,

Ye bring eternal day.

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Ps. Ixv, 11.
1 ETERNAL Source of every joy!

Praise shall our hearts and lips employ,
While in thy temple we appear,

Whose goodness crowns the circling year. 2 Wide as the wheels of nature roll,

Thy hand supports and guides the whole;
The sun is taught by Thee to rise;
Darkness by Thee to veil the skies.
3 Seasons, and months, and weeks, and days,

Demand successive songs of praise;
Oh! be the grateful homage paid,

With morning light, and evening shade: 4 Here in thy house let incense rise,

As circling Sabbaths bless our eyes,
Till to those glorious realms we soar,
Where days and years revolve no more.

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Job xvi, 22. Ps. xxxix, 4. 1 REMARK, my soul, the narrow bounds

Of the revolving year! How swift the weeks complete their rounds!

How short the months appear! 2 So fast eternity comes on,

And that important day,
When all that mortal life has done

God's judgment shall survey.
3 Waken, O God! my trifling heart

Its great concern to see;
That I may act the Christian's part,

And give the year to Thee.
4 So shall their course more grateful roll,

If future years arise;
Or this shall bear my happy soul

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Uncertainty of Life.
Prov. xxvii, 1. Isa. xxviii, 16. Zech. 1, 5.
1 God of our life! thy constant care

With blessing crowns the op'ning year;
This transient state Thou dost prolong,
And wake anew our annual song.

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