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2 I cannot doubt his bounteous love,
So full, so free, and kind;
To his unerring, gracious will,
Be ev'ry wish resign'd!
3 Good when he gives, supremely good,
Nor less when he denies ;
Afflictions from his gracious hand
Are blessings in disguise!
4 Inscrib'd in thy fair book of life,
O may I read my name!
There let it fill some humble place,
Beneath the slaughter'd Lamb.
5 Let outward things go how they will, On thee 1 cast my care;
Let me but dwell with thee in heav'n,
And in thy glory share.
6 An hope like this shall sweeten death, And smooth the rugged way;
O smile upon me, Lord, and then
I shall not wish to stay.
175. Hope. 148th.
Who can tell if GOD will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not ?-JONAH. iii. 9.
GREAT GOD to thee I'll make
My griefs and sorrows known :
And with an humble hope
Approach thine awful throne :
Tho' by my sins deserving hell,
I'll not despair ;-for, who can tell?
My drooping soul canst cheer,
And by thy Spirit form
Thy glorious image there-
My foes subdue, my fears dispel-
I'll daily seek ;-for, who can tell?
Endanger'd or distrest,
To thee alone I'll fly,
Implore thy powerful help,
And at thy footstool lie;
My case bemoan, my wants reveal,
And patient wait;-for, who can tell?
Vile unbelief, begone;
Ye doubts, fly swift away;
GOD hath an ear to hear,
While I've an heart to pray: If he be mine, all will be wellFor ever so; and, who can tell?
I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land that is beyond Jordan.-DEUT. iii. 25.
COME, Lord! and help us to rejoice
In hope that we shall hear thy voice,-
Shall one day see our God;
Shall cease from all our painful strife,
Handle and taste the Word of Life,
And feel the sprinkled blood.
2 [Let us not always make our moan, Nor worship thee, a God unknown; But let us live to prove
Thy people's rest, thy saint's delight,
The length and breadth, the depth and
Of thy redeeming love.] [height,
3 Rejoicing now in earnest hope,
We stand, and from the mountain top
See all the land below;
Rivers of milk and honey rise,
And all the fruits of paradise
In endless plenty grow.
4 A land of corn, and wine, and oil,
Favour'd with God's peculiar smile,
With every blessing blest;
There dwells THELORD OUR RIGHTEOUS-
And keeps his own in perfect peace
And everlasting rest.
5 [Oh, when shall we at once go up !
Nor this side Jordan longer stop,
But the good land possess:
When shall we end our ling'ring years,
Our sorrows, sins, and doubts, and
An howling wilderness?] [fears,—
6 JESUS, our Joshua! bring us in ;
Display thy grace, forgive our sin,
Our unbelief remove;
The heavenly Canaan, Lord! divide;
And, Oh, with all the sanctify'd
Give us a lot of love!
177. Joy. C.M.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.-PSALM XXXVii. 4.
O LORD! I would delight in thee,
And on thy care depend;
To thee in every trouble flee,
My best, my only friend.
2 When all-created streams are dry'd,
Thy fulness is the same;
May I with this be satisfied,
And glory in thy name!
3 Why should the soul a drop bemoan, Which has a fountain near;
A fountain which will ever run
With waters sweet and clear?
4 No good in creatures can be found,
But may be found in thee;
I must have all things, and abound,
While God is God to me.
5 Oh, that I had a stronger faith,
To look within the veil,
To credit what my SAVIOUR saith,
Whose word can never fail.
6 He, that has made my heaven secure,
Will here all good provide;
While CHRIST is rich, can I be poor;
What can I want beside.
7 O Lord! I cast my care on thee;
I triumph and adore;
Henceforth my great concern shall be
To love and please thee more.
178. Joy. C.M.
The joy of the Lord is your strength.-NEH. viii. 10.
JOY is a fruit that will not grow
In nature's barren soil;
All we can boast, till CHRIST we know,
Is vanity and toil.
2 But where the Lord has planted grace,
And made his glories known,
There fruits of heav'nly joy and peace
Are found, and there alone.
3 A bleeding SAVIOUR seen by faith,
A sense of pard'ning love,
A hope that triumphs over death-
Give joys like those above.
4 To take a glimpse within the veil,
To know that God is mine,
Are springs of joy that never fail,
5 These are the joys which satisfy,
And sanctify the mind;
Which make the spirit mount on high,
And leave the world behind.
6 No more, believers, mourn your lot:
But, if you are the Lord's,
Resign to those who know him not,
Such joys as earth affords.