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Praise waits in Zion, Lord, for thee,
Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,..
Sad and slow was the wanderer's tread, .
Sad, solitary Thought, who keep'st thy vigils,
Salt of the earth! ye virtuous few,
Say not the law divine,
Shall man, to sordid views confined,
She said she was alone within the world,
Spirit of spirits! who, through every part,
Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell? &c.
Take, holy earth, all that my soul holds dear, .
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
The autumnal winds had stripp'd the field,
The bird, let loose in eastern skies,.
The clouds! the clouds! they are beautiful,
The cold wind strips the yellow leaf,
The groves were God's first temples. Ere man learn'd,
The heavens, O Lord, thy power proclaim,
The hour, the hour, the parting hour,
The melancholy days are come, the saddest, &c.
Triumphal arch, that fill'st the sky,
Types of eternal rest-fair buds of bliss,.
When the radiant morn of creation broke,
When thou art in thy chamber, and thy knee,
Where shall the child of sorrow find,
Where then may Peace erect her steadfast throne? .
THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
As the good shepherd leads his sheep
And, while a-fold by night they sleep
So the True Shepherd, Christ, our souls doth guide,
Great Shepherd! do we know thy voice,
Is thy safe fold our rule and choice,
From bondage free?
Upheld by faith the obedient sheep shall stand, "And none shali pluck them from thy Father's hand."
But O! what mortal tongue shall sing
Thy wondrous love?
Death could not with his threaten'd sting
Conqueror of death, and pledge of life to rise,
Joy of the earth, and heir of subject skies.
Shepherd! with joy we hear thy call
Let none from that salvation fall,
But, as thy sacred records long foretold,
No moon hung o'er the sleeping earth;
The stars, that sung ere morning's birth,
It was 66
the music of the spheres,"
The song of seraphim.
But there were those, in Judah's land,
The starry glory; and there came
"To God be glory! for, this day,
A BRANCH that ne'er shall know decay :-