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5 Thy face with rev'rence and with love
I in thy poor would see:
Than keep it back from thee.
487. The Excellency of Religion. 7s. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths
are peace.- Prov. iii. 17. 1 'Tis religion that can give
Sweetest pleasures while we live;
2 After death, its joys will be
Lasting as eternity!
488. The Shortness of Time. 7s.
Redeeming the time.-EPII. v. 16.
Hasted through the former year,
2 Fix'd in their eternal state,
They have done with all below :
3 Happy souls, who fear the Lord !
Time is not too short for you:
Glad you'll bid the world adieu! 4 Then he'll wipe away your tears,
Near himself appoint your place :
Lord, we long to see thy face !
Pardon of our sins renew;
With eternity in view.
Fill us with a Saviour's love; And when life's short tale is told, May we dwell with thee above. 489. The Vanity of the World. 8–8–6. For the fashion of this world passeth away.-1 CORIN.
vii. 31. 1 Though things of earth substantial seem : The world itself is but a dream,
And soon must pass away :
Must see their final day.
And nothing will remove !
We then may hear without a sigh,
Our treasure is above. 3 How sweet to know the Saviour's name, The Saviour who in mercy came,
And vanquish'd all our foes :
Of ev'ry storm that blows.
Their treasure still is sure; 'Tis laid up there where nothing fades, No rust consumes, no thief invades;
And there it is secure.
490. The Vanity of the Pursuits of the Natural
Behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.--ECCLES.
He burns within with restless fires;
From vanity to vanity.
Some solid good to fill the mind;
3 Great God ! subdue this vicious thirst,
This love to vanity and dust;
491. The Vanity of the World. c.m. There be many that say, who will show us any good!
LORD, lift up the light of thy countenance upon us.- PSALM iv. 6. 1 In vain the giddy world inquires,
Forgetful of their God,
Or show us any good ?
Their eager wishes rove,
The phantoms of their love.
Their most intense pursuit ;
There's poison in the fruit. 4 Lord, from this world call off my love, Set my
affections right; Bid me aspire to joys above,
And walk no more by sight. 5 O let the glories of thy face
Upon my bosom shine;
492. A Birth-day Hymn. 7s. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue
unto this day.--ACTs xxvi. 22. 1 I My Ebenezer raise
To my kind Redeemer's praise;
Hitherto thy help I've known. 2 What may be my future lot,
Well I know concerns me not;
What thy will ordains is best. 3 I my all to thee resign;
Father, let thy will be mine;
Fruits of thy paternal love.
Guard me in the trying hour;
Save me from the lurking snare. 5 Let my few remaining days
Be directed in thy praise;
Shall be tranquil and serene. 6 To thy will I leave the rest,
Grant me but this one request;