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When the world's
every swarm abroad,
No, I would not always live,
Pardoned, still for sin I grieve,
Op for a glance of heavenly day,
The rocks can rend; the earth can quake;
To hear the sorrows Thou hast felt,
Thy judgments, too, unmoved I hear,
But something yet can do the deed;
Oh, from the world's vile slavery,
But oft, alas ! too well I know,
Oh, what that frozen heart can move,
Yet earthly pleasure still hath charms;
Lord, draw my best affections hence,
“SEEK ye to sit enthroned by me?
ask: “The first in shame and agony,
“The lowest in the meanest task“This can ye be ? and can ye drink
“The cup that I in tears must steep, “Nor from the whelming waters shrink
“That o'er me roll so dark and deep ?”
We can !-thine are we, dearest Lord,
In glory and in agony,
Only be Thou for ever nigh.
“Then be it so !—my cup receive,
“And of my woes baptismal taste : “But for the crown, that angels weave
“For those next me in glory placed, “I give it not by partial love;
“But in my Father's book are writ “What names on earth shall lowliest prove,
“That they in Heaven may highest sit.
THERE is a secret in the
of God With His own children, which none others know, That sweetens all He does : and if such peace, While under His afflicting hand we find, What will it be to see Him as he is, And pass
the reach of all that now disturbs The tranquil soul's repose ? To contemplate, In retrospect unclouded, all the means By which His wisdom has prepared His saints For the vast weight of glory which remains ! Come then, Affliction, if my Father bids, And be my frowning friend: a friend that frowns Is better than a smiling enemy. We welcome clouds which bring the former rain, Tho' they the present prospect blacken round, And shade the beauties of the opening year, That, by their stores enriched, the earth may yield A fruitful summer and a plenteous crop.
Ou, seek no bliss, but to fulfil,