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7s. M. MERRICK. The Good Man blessed of God. Ps. 15. 1 Who shall tow’rd thy chosen seat

Turn in glad approach his feet?
Who, great God, a welcome guest,

On thy hallowed mountain rest? 2 He whose heart thy love has warmed;

He whose will, to thine conformed,
Bids his life unsullied run;

He whose word and thought are one. 3 He who ne'er with cruel aim

Seeks to wound an honest fame,
Nor with gloomy joy possessed
Can a brother's peace molest.

. 4 Who, from servile terror free,

Spurns at those who spurn at thee,
And to each who thee obeys

Love and lowliest reverence pays.
5 What he swears, with steadfast will

To his loss he shall fulfil;
Nor can bribes his sentence guide

'Gainst the guiltless to decide.
6 He who thus, with heart unstained,

Treads the path by thee ordained,
He, great God, shall own thy care,
And thy constant blessing share.

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295. C. M. Watts.

Qualifications of a Christian. Ps. 15. 1 Who shall inhabit in thy hill,

O God of holiness?
Whom will the Lord admit to dwell

So near his throne of grace ?
2 The man that walks in pious ways,

And works with righteous hands, That trusts his Maker's promises,

And follows his commands.

3 He speaks the meaning of his heart,

Nor slanders with his tongue; Will scarce believe an ill report,

Nor do his neighbor wrong. 4 The wealthy sinner he contemns,

Loves all that fear the Lord ; And though to his own hurt he swears,

Still he performs his word. 6 His hands disdain a golden bribe,

And never gripe the poor : This man shall dwell with God on earth,

And find his heaven secure.

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L. M. MONTGOMERY. Security and Happiness of the Righteous. Ps. 24. 1 The earth is thine, Jehovah; thine

Its peopled realms and wealthy stores; Built on the floods by power divine, The waves are ramparts to the shores.

2 But who shall reach thy holy place,

Or who, O Lord, ascend thy hill?
The pure in heart shall see thy face,

The perfect man that doth thy will.
3 He who to bribes hath closed his hand,

To idols never bent the knee,
Nor sworn in falsehood,-he shall stand
Redeemed, and owned, and kept by thec.

297. C. M. Tate & BRADY.

The Man whom God approves. Ps. 24.
1 This spacious earth is all the Lord's;

The Lord's her fulness is;
The world, and all that dwell therein,

By sovereign right are his.
2 But for himself, this Lord of all

One chosen seat designed : O who shall to that sacred hill

Deserved admittance find ? 3 The man whose hands and heart are pure,

Whose thoughts from pride are free; Who honest poverty prefers

To gainful perjury. 4 This, this is he, on whom the Lord

Shall shower his blessings down; Whom God his Saviour shall vouchsafe With righteousness to crown.

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298. C. M. DODDRIDGE.

Walking with God.
1 THRICE happy souls, who, born from heaven

While yet they sojourn here,
Do all their days with God begin,

And spend them in his fear.
2 'Midst hourly cares, may love present

Its incense to thy throne;
And while the world our hands employs,

Our hearts be thine alone. 3 As sanctified to noblest ends,

Be each refreshment sought;
And by each various providence

Some wise instruction brought. 4 When to laborious duties called,

Or by temptations tried,
We'll seek the shelter of thy wings,

And in thy strength confide. 5 As different scenes of life arise,

Our grateful hearts would be
With thee amidst the social band,

In solitude with thee.
6 In solid, pure delights like these,

Let all our days be past;
Nor shall we then impatient wish,

Nor shall we fear the last.

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L. M. 61. MONTGOMERY.

The Christian Israel. 1 Thus far on life's perplexing path,

Thus far thou, Lord, our steps hast led, Snatched from the world's pursuing wrath, Unharmed though floods o'erhung our head : Like ransomed Israel on the shore,

Here then we pause, look back, adore. 2 Strangers and pilgrims here below,

Like all our fathers, in their day,
We to the land of promise go,
Lord, by thine own appointed way:
Still guide, illumine, cheer our flight,

In cloud by day, in fire by night. 3 Protect us through the wilderness,

From every peril, plague, and foe;
With bread from heaven thy people bless,
And living streams where'er we go;
Nor let our rebel hearts repine,

Or follow any voice but thine. 4 Thy holy law to us proclaim,

But not from Sinai's top alone;
Hid in the rock-cleft be thy name,
Thy power and all thy goodness, shown;
And may we never bow the knee,

Or worship any God but thee.
5 When we have numbered all our years,

And stand at length on Jordan's brink,
Though the flesh fail with mortal fears,
O let not then the spirit sink;
But strong in faith, and hope, and love,
Plunge through the stream, to rise above !

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