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Pity, with softening look,
Bends o'er affliction's prey, Assays to soothe the pang of grief And to the sufferer's relief
A timely balm convey.
In weeds of sable dye,
Grief, gloomily array'd, Would pensive sit to mourn and weep, Whilst chilling Doubt would aid to keep
A host of fears self-made;
But Hope, with wooing smiles,
Her lovely presence shows, Bids the dark visitors depart,
And kindly cheers the drooping heart,
With prospects of repose.
The stars may fade away ; !
The sun forget to shine;
And nature's powers decline ;
Yet firm Jehovah's word
For ever shall endure ;
His promises are sure.
• " The stars shall fade away, the sun itsell Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years."
TO HOPE. .
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN OF MATTHESIUS,
As shines the beauteous morning star
While clouds of night dissolve away, With golden rays proclaiming far
The coming of a goodly day;
So thou, when storms of life arise,
Art still the wand'rer's guide and light And fondly paint'st him clearer skies,
With valleys green, and prospects bright;:
Nor leav’st him then, but opening wide
A fairer scene upon his view, Pourtray'st his home, where saints reside
And friends no more bid friends adieu.
When froin Egypta's hated plains
The hosts of Israel came;
The witness of their shame;
The Ocean saw, and backward rollid
Its ever-varying surge;
Forsook its flowery verge;
Why fledd'st thou Ocean? Jordan, why
Didst thou thy bed forsake ?
The earth, why did you shake ?
Earth! didst thou tremble? tremble now,
And tremble to thy core !
Sons of the earth, adore