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3 In hopes of that immortal crown,
I now the cross sustain;
And smile at toil and pain.
Till my deliverer come,
And take his exile home.
If, Lord, thou count'st me meet With that enraptur'd host to appear
And worship at thy feet?
Take life or friends away,
In that eternal day.
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE.
486. C. M. Anon.
To make a wedding guest.
Who now have plighted hands;
And bless the nuptial bands. 3 With gifts of grace their hearts endow,
Of all rich dowries best!
To sweeten all the rest.
4 In purest love their souls unite,
That they, with Christian care,
By taking mutual share.
In prayer, and faith, and hope ;
To build their household up. 6 As Isaac and Rebecca give
A pattern chaste and kind;
487. L. M.
Their int’rest one-how strong the bands ! 2 Marriage the Lord's appointment is,
To soothe our woes, enhance our bliss--
Let Christian love pervade the breast. 3 'Tis kindred souls that form the tie;
That live in peace until they die;
Approves the right-o'erlooks the wrong. 4 Let every man esteem his wife
His better half, his dearer life;
For all her husband's lawful will.
Thus shall they mutual helpers prove;
488. L. M. Steele.
Teach me the measure of my days! Teach me to know how frail I am,
And spend the remnant to thy praise. 2 My days are shorter than a span;
A little point my life appears;
How vain are all his hopes and fears! 3 Vain his ambition, noise, and show,
Vain are the cares that rack his mind!
And dies, and leaves them all behind. 4 0, be a nobler portion mine,
My God! I bow before thy throne;
489. C. M. Watts. The vanity of man as mortal. Psalm xxxix. 47
Thou Maker of my frame;
And learn how frail I am.
An inch or two of time; Man is but vanity and dust,
In all his flower and prime. 3 What should I wish, or wait for, then,
From creatures, earth and dust? They make our expectations vain,
And disappoint our trust.
My fond desires recall;
490. 7. Rylund. My times are in thy hand. Psalm xxxi. 15. SOVEREIGN Ruler of the skies!
! All my times are in thy hand
All events at thy command.
Till he bids, I cannot die;
Till the God of love sees fit.
In thy hands my life I trust;
I resign it to thy will.
Having thee, I all possess;
491. C. M Addison.
The Traveller's Psalm.
Their help Omnipotence.
Supported by thy care,
And breathe in tainted air.
High on the broken wave,
Nor impotent to save.
Obedient to thy will;
At thy command is still.
5 In midst of dangers, fears, and deaths,
Thy goodness we'll adore;
And humbly hope for more.
Thy sacrifice shall be;
Shalı join our souls to thee.
STAGES OF LIFE.
492. C. M. Relief Hymns.
The shortness of Life.
O man, of woman born!
And shalt to dust return.
Successive o'er thy head;
That lays thee with the dead. 3 O may the grave become to me
The bed of peaceful rest,
And mingle with the blest.
493. C. M. Anon. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth In nature smiling bloom,
N the sweet season of thy youth,
Its summons to the tomh,