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Though oft my fainting spirit sinks
In trial's stormy sea,
To send relief to me.
I am thy child, my Father thou—
The bond that links my heart to thee,
What moved thee, Lord, to look with love
Upon a wretch like me,
To die upon the tree?
To pass a weary, painful life
Of sorrow here below; Without a look of sympathy
In all His bitter woe?
Stronger than death Thy matchless love,
Conceived the wondrous plan; Enshrined in flesh the Godhead came
To rescue fallen Man.
Lord, fill my soul with love divine,
The Spirit's unction give;
And to Thy glory live.
"Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house > and the king sat upon his royal throne, in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
"And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight; and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
"Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? It shall be cvou given thee, to the half of the kingdom."
Esther v. 1—3.
Sad is her youthful brow, and shaded o'er With anxious care, for early grief has press'd Her bright young head, and bow'd its stateli
ness. The orphan daughter of on outcast race, Over her early years a blight has pass'd, Though her rare charms have rais'd her to a
throne. The bright tears gather in her anxious eyes, And glisten through the long dark fringe that
shades Her marble cheek; the trembling lips betray Her inward feeling, and her beating heart Flutters beneath the rich and costly robe That covers it. What brings that timid girl Uncall'd, unask'd for, to the palace gate?
How dare she stand before the haughty band
despot, The proud, stern despot yields to thy gentle
pleading:— "Ask what thou wilt, it shall not be denied, E'en to the half of all my vast dominions."
Sinner! thou also hast a suit to plead