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4 Fly, ye seasons, fly still faster;
Swiftly bring the glorious day:
Take thy people,
262. Desiring to Live unto Christ. S. M. For the love of CHRIST constraineth us ; because we
thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead : and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again.--2 Cor. v. 14, 15.
WHEN shall thy love constrain
This heart thine own to be?
A healing rest in thee?
My wand'ring to and fro?
Lord, whither shall I go!
To me did freely move:
And stoops to ask my love! 4 My worthless heart to gain,
The God who gave me breath,
And died a cursed death!
5 Then may I sin forsake,
The world for thee resign;
And seal me ever thine!
263. Desiring Tenderness of Conscience.
C. M. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a con
science void of offence toward God, and toward men,
In me thy power exert;
soul remove, The hardness of my heart. 2 I want a principle within
Of jealous godly fear;
A pain to feel it near.
Of pride or vain desire;
And quench the kindling fire. 4 From thee that I no more may part,
No more thy goodness grieve,
The tender conscience give. 5 O may the least omission pain
My well-instructed soul,
Which makes the wounded whole.
264. Desiring a Closer Union with
Christ. S.M. That CHRIST may dwell in your hearts by faith ; that
ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of CHRIST, which passeth knowledge.--Eph. iii. 17 to 19.
MY SAVIOUR, thou didst shed
And let me live to thee!
To come to thee and live;
I know thou canst forgive. 3 Jesu, my gracious Lord,
I long to see thy face;
And daily grow in grace. 4 And when this life is o'er,
I dwell with thee,
Who liv'd and died for me.
265 Desiring a Closer Walk with God.
Where is then the blessedness ye spake of?-GAL. iv. 15.
O FOR a closer walk with God,
A calm and heav'nly frame;
That leads me to the Lamb !
When first I saw the Lord ?
Of JESUS, and his word ? 3 What peaceful hours I then enjoy'd !
How sweet their mem'ry still !
The world can never fill.
of rest! I hate the sins that made thee mourn,
And drove thee from my breast. 5 The dearest idol I have known,
Whate'er that idol be,
And worship only thee. 6 So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
That leads me to the Lamb.
266. Dreading Love to the Creature.
C.M. Surely every man walketh in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain : he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now, LORD, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. PSALMxxxix. 6, 7. HOW vain are all things here below!
How false, and yet how fair !
And every sweet a snare.
Give but a flatt'ring light;
Where we possess delight. 3 Our dearest joys, and nearest friends,
The partners of our blood,
And leave but half for God !
How strong it strikes the sense,
Nor can we call them thence.
From all created good;
My soul's eternal food.