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Benign restorer of the soul,
Who ever fliest to bring relief, When first we feel the rude control
Of love or pity, joy or grief.
The sage's and the poet's theme,
In every elime, in every age; Thou charm'st in fancy's idle dream,
In reason's philosophic page.
law which moulds a tear,
Oh! snatched away in beauty's bloom,
But on thy turf shall rosés réar
And oft by yon blue gushing stream,
Shall sorrow lean her drooping head,
And lingering pause, and lightly tread,
Away!—we know that tears are vain,
That Death nor heeds nor hears distress :
Or make one mourner weep the less ?
A FUNERAL HYMN.
Beneath our feet, and o'er our head,
Is equal warning given ; Beneath us lie the countless dead,
Above us is the beaven!
Their names are graven on the stone,
Their bones are in the clay ; And ere another day is done, Ourselves
be as they
Death rides on every passing breeze,
He lurks in every flower ; Each season has its own disease,
Its peril every hour!
have seen the steps of age Halt feebly t'wards the tomb, And yet shall earth our hearts engage,
And dreams of days to come ?
Turn, mortal, turn ! thy danger know;
Where'er thy foot can tread,
And warns thee of her dead !
Turn, Christian, turn ! thy soul apply
To truths divinely given;
Fierce passions discompose the mind,
As tempésts vex the sea;
When, Lord, we turn to thee.
In vain by reason and by rule,
We try to bend the will';
Can learn the heavenly skill.
Since at his feet my soul has sat,
His gracious words to hear, Contented with my present state,
I cast on bim my care.
· Art thou a sinner, soul ?' he said ;
Then how canst thou complain ; How light thy troubles here, if weighed
With everlasting pain.
• If thou of murmuring would'st be cured,
Compare thy griefs with mine; Think what my love for thee endured,
And thou wilt not repine.
• 'Tis I appoint thy daily lot,
And I do all things well;
And rise with me to dwell.
• In life my grace shall strength supply,
Proportioned to thy day;
To wipe thy tears away.
Thus I, who once my wretched days
In vain repining spent ;