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s With it the thoughtless sons of men
Before the rapid streams are borne
Where not one soul can e'er return.
Presents a gaudy flattering shew,
Nor think to what a world we go.
Beyond its measure, and its power.
Ephesians v. 25—27.
How generous, how divine!
While thus our voices join.
Worthy thy hate and scorn ;
To rescue and adorn.
A wondrous fountain flows,
And heal our deepest woes.
Thy church is bright and fair :
When Jesus shall appear !
With infinite delight,
Unblemish'd in thy sight.
Philippians i. 22.
service I can pay;
To hear thy dictates and obey.
Its sure support, its noblest end?
3 I would not breathe for worldly joy,
Or to increase my worldly good ;
To spread a sounding name abroad. 4 'Tis to my Saviour I would live;
To him, who for my ransom died,
Such bliss, as blossoms at his side.
When youthful vigour is no more:
CCXCV. The Happiness of departing, and being with Christ,
Philippians i. 23.
And view the scene on either hand,
And longs to wing its flight away.
It faints my much-lov'd Lord to see:
For 'tis far better to depart.
And lead the willing pilgrim home :
Source of my joys, and of your own. 4. That blessed interview, how sweet!
To fall transported at his feet!
Through the full beamings of his grace! 5 To see heaven's shining courtiers round,
Each with immortal glories crown'd!
Belov’d, and loving, all to embrace ! 6 As with a Seraph's voice to sing !
To fly as on a cherub's wing !
A present Saviour's high commands !
I'll wait thy signal for my fight;
* Messengers, ambassadors.
CCXCVI. Pressing on in the Christian Race. Philippians iii. 12–14. 1 AWAKE, my soul, stretch every nerve,
And press with vigour on:
And an immortal crown.
Hold thee in full survey:
And onward urge thy way.
That calls thee from on high;
To thine aspiring eye.
Which shall new lustre boast,
Shall blend in common dust.
Have I my race begun;
I'll lay my honours down.
iv. 19, 20.
How pleasant to repeat !
Where God hath fix'd his seat.
From his redundant stores ?
An arm Almighty pours !
These ample blessings flow :
Whose heart bath lov'd us so.
Be endless glory given,
And through the highest heaven.
* Crowns or garlands given to conquerors.
CCXCVIII. Thankfulness for being made meet for the heavenly In
heritance. Colossiaus i. 12.
Shall our transported voices raise?
While heaven stands open to our view!
Just on the brink of endless woe;
Where sinners all in darkness dwell.
Scatters the horrid shades of night!
To souls impoverish'd and undone!
A bright inheritance is ours;
To share their holy blissful state.
Thine are the robes, the crown is thine :
CCXCIX. Angels and Christians united in Christ, as their common
Head Colossians ii. 10.
AIL to Emanuel's ever-honour'd name!
And flaming Seraphim, bow humbly down.
Array'd in bis refulgent beams ye shine,
Honour'd too highly by his least command: In him the indwelling Deity admiring,
And to his brighter image still aspiring.
And bring their anthems to Emanuel's shrine;
We glory, that in him we are complete.
pour our wants, our joys, our hearts before him.
We sing the blood, that ransom'd us from hell;
Our hopes anticipate your goodly land;
And with heaven's hierarchy* in praise conspiring. CCC. Christians, as risen with Christ, exhorted to seek Things above.
Colossians iii. 1.
Ye heirs of glory, hear;
Might charm the dullest ear.
Your souls to sin must die;
Enthron'd divinely fair;
And your forerunner there.
On wings of faith and love;
And be your hearts, above.
When we attempt to fly;
To raise and fix us high.
CCCI. The Prosperity of the Church, the Life of a faithful Minister.
i Thessalonians iii. 8.
While we intreat thy love;
And our best passions move.
Though storms and tempests beat;
A calm and safe retreat."
And still thy word obey'd,
A constant homage paid.
* The several orders of angels,