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"And tho flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth,
"And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
"And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered."—Gen. vii. 17—20.
The clouds grow darker, and the angry sky
A heavy torrent of destruction pours; The proud waves rear their crested heads on
high, And louder still the deafening tempest
roars; Yet on the rolling ocean's stormy breast, There floats a quiet home of peace and rest.
Higher the waters rise, and every hill,
The heavy clouds pour forth a deluge still,
Still floats the ark the raging sea above,
Around her flows the oil of peace and love.
Poor fearful soul! why tremble at the wave, The heaving billow, and the tempest's sweep,
Why dread the stormy sea, which seems to lave Thy fainting spirit in affliction's deep?
Know thou, that love divine directs the dart,
Which sends such anguish thro' thy bleeding heart.
Jesus would draw thee nearer to the side,
That poured for thee a stream of crimson dye; Love flowed in every drop of that dark tide, Which purchased thee to dwell with Him on high; Cleave then to Him, abide in His embrace, Glorious He soon shall come and see thee face to face.
RETURN TO ME.
"I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, aud as a cloud, thy sius; retnrn unto me for 1 have redeemed thee."—Tsa. xliv. 22.
By nature prone to go astray,
Though stained with sin, my robe defiled,
Alas! this weak and fleshly heart
"Oh seek not here to build a nest,
"I love thee still, behold thy name, Graved on my hands, in love I came, To rescue thee from guilt and shame, 'Return, return to me.'"
"Rest in my deep unchanging love, Dwell near my side, nor seek to rove, So shalt thou reach thy home above, Ever to dwell with me."
DOUBTS AND FEARS
For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light." Psalm xxxvi. 9.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Cor. x. 4, 5.
Child of earth, with earnest gaze,