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293. c. M.
Gratitude to God for Individual Mercies, 1 MY
soul, in pleasing wonder lost,
Thy goodness, LORD! surveys ; Where shall my grateful lips begin,
Or where conclude thy praise ! 2 Thy providence my life sustain's,
And all my wants redress', When in the silent womb I lay,
Or hung upon the breast.
Thy mercy lent an ear,
To forın themselves to pray'r.
With heedless steps I ran,
And led me up to mai. 5 Through hidden dangers, toils, and deaths,
It gently clear'd my way :
More to be fear'd than they.
Hath made my cup run o'er ;
Hath doubled all my stoie.
With health renew'd my face ;
Reviv'd my soul with grace.
Thy goodness I'll adore ;
And humbly hope for more.
9 Through all eternity, to thee
A joyiul song l’ll raise ! But oh ! eternity's too short To utter all thy praise.
299. c. M. The Way of the Righteous known to God. To thee, O God! my days are known :
My soul enjoys the thought: My actions are before thy face,
Nor are my wants forgot.
Is vocal to thy ear :
Before thy sight appear.
Thy mercy will approve ; Each tender pang of sympathy,
And ev'ry care of love.
Is gilded by thv rays ;
A present God surveys.
And in thy view 1 die;
And seek the joys which hurt the soul, Be mine that silent calm repast,
A peaceful conscience to the last ;-
Without a canker at the root ;
3 With this companion in the shade,
No more my soul shall be dismay'd ;
And the pale monarch of the fomb. 4 Though heav'n affict, shall I repine?
The noblest comforts still are mine;
And journey with me through the vale. 5 Amidst various scene of ills,
Each stroke some kind design fulfils :
When purest love directs the rod ?
And lead me to the realms of day,--
301. P. M.
Conkidence in God's Care and Guidance. 1 THE Lord my pasture shall prepare,
And feed me with a shepherd's care ;
And all my miduight hours defend. 2 When in the sultry glebe I faint,
Or o'er the thirsty inountains pant,
Amid the verdant landscape flow.
Through devious, lonely wilds i stray,
4 Though in the paths of death I tread,
With gloomy horrors overspread,
302. 1. n. Faith and Hope in the Divine Goodness. i LO ORD! while my thoughts with wonder wace
Thy favour past through all my days,
I trust that goodness which I praise. 2 Still, from the same eternal spring,
Thy various, constant bounties flow;
I view serene the shades of woe.
No more in gloomy terrors dress'd.
While on thy gracious hand I rest.
To humble faith's enraptur'd eye,
303. C, N. On Recovery from a dangerous Illnes. 1 My God! thy service well demands
Tbe remnant of my days; | Why was this fleetiog breath renew'd,
But to renew thy praise !
Did this weak frame sustain,
And nature sunķ with pain.
3 Thou, when the pains of death were felt,
Didst chase all slavish fear ; And well my soul could bear those pains,
When thou, my Help, was near. 4 Calmly I watch'd my ebbing life ;
I knew thy time was best ;
To his eternal rest.
Did I myself resign ;
For pard’uing love is thine.
At thy command I come ;
To my celestial home.
abode, There would I choose to be ; For in tby presence death is life,
And earth is heav'n with thee.
304. L. M.
All is well under the Direction of God.
(2 Kings iv. 26.)
Who left her only offspring dead,
And deeply felt the news she brought.
She calmly answer'd, “ Yes, 'tis well.' 3 Thus faith in God could soften grief,
And bring the afilicted mind relief,