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When Satan and his host appear,
131. The importunate Widow. S. M.
He bows his gracious ear,
"Twas thus a widow poor,
As little for the laws;
Nor God, nor man, did he regard,
Yet he espous'd her cause.
She urg'd him day and night,
At length, he said, "I'll do her right,
And shall not Jesus hear
His chosen when they cry?
His nature, truth, and love,
When they are griev'd, his bowels move, And can they be deny'd?
Then let us earnest be,
And never faint in pray'r; He loves our importunity,
And makes our cause his care.
132. Prayer for mercies on the Church. C. M.
Jabez, a child of grief! the name
For Jesus bore the cross and shame,
Teach us, O Lord, like him to plead
O come, and bless our souls indeed,
The gospel's Promis'd Land is wide,
Arise, O Lord, enlarge our coast,
Oh! may thy hand be with us still,
Help us on thee to cast our care,
133. Pleading with God. s. M. FATHE 'ATHER, we seek thy grace, In thine appointed way; Wilt thou conceal thy lovely face, And not regard our plea?
The promise makes us bold,
Here we depose our trust,
"Tis like a living spring
Of waters sweet and clear:
Free in the fountain head,
The source from whence it came;
Himself he'll not deny,
By oath and promise bound; Here rise your expectations high; "Tis sure and solid ground.
134. God present in the Assembly of his
Saints. 8. 6.
"WHERE two or three together meet
My love and mercy to repeat,
"There will I be," saith God," to bless,
"Who worships at my throne."
Tho' few in number, yet we claim
Thou art our Father and our Friend,
Guilt from the troubled soul remove,
135. On opening a Place for social Prayer.
GREAT Source of Light, without a shade, Who hast in love this promise made, "Where'er 1 find a praying few,
With them I'll meet, and bless them too." Thy presence, Lord, made Salem blest, 'Twas call'd Thy sacred place of rest; And when Thy glory here we see, As Salem was this house shall be. Here let our pray'rs, like incense, rise Of sweet perfume towards the skies; Our converse bless, from care set free, While we, in spirit, worship Thee. Here, to each other, we'll reveal The sorrows, and the joys we feel; And walk in love in wisdom's way, As children of the light and day.