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Art thou feeble, sorely tried ?
Art thou press’d on every side ?
Does it seem as if no power

Could relieve thee in this hour ?
Wherefore art thou thus disheartened ?
Is the arm that saves thee shortened ?

Dark and wide the sea appears,
Every soul is full of fears,
Yet the word is onward still !

Onward move, and do his will ;
And the great deep shall discover
God's highway to take thee over.

Stand thou still, and thou shalt see Wonders wrought, and wrought for thee; Safe thyself on yonder shore,

Thou shalt see thy foes no more : And there tell the wondrous story Of thy Saviour's might and glory. 117

row shall I follow him I serve ? HHS shall I copy him I love ? Nor from those blessed footsteps swerve, Which lead me to his seat above ? Privations, sorrows, bitter scorn, The life of toil, the mean abode, The faithless kiss, the crown of thorn,Are these the consecrated road ? 'Twas thus He suffer'd, though a Son, Foreknowing, choosing, feeling all ; Until the perfect work was done, And drunk the bitter cup of gall.

Lord, should my path through suffering lie
Forbid it I should e'er repine;
Still let me turn to Calvary,
Nor heed my griefs, remembering thine.
O let me think how thou didst leave
Untasted every pure delight,
To fast, to faint, to watch, to grieve,
The toilsome day, the homeless night:-
To faint, to grieve, to die for me ;
Thou camest not thyself to please :
And, dear as earthly comforts be,
Shall I not love thee more than these ?
Yes! I would count them all but loss,
To gain the notice of thine eye:
Flesh shrinks and trembles at the cross,
But thou canst give the victory.

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JAKE up thy cross, the Saviour said,

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Deny thyself, the world forsake,

And humbly follow after me.
Take up thy cross; let not its weight

Fill thy weak spirit with alarm :
His strength shall bear thy spirit up,

And brace thy heart, and nerve thine arm. Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame;

Nor let thy foolish pride rebel : Thy Lord for thee the Cross endured,

To save thy soul from death and hell.

Take up thy cross then in his strength,

And calmly every danger brave; 'Twill guide thee to a better home,

And lead to victory o'er the grave.

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VIS my happiness below,

Not to live without the cross, But the Saviour's power to know, Sanctifying every loss. Trials must and will befal; But with humble faith to see Love inscribed upon them all, This is happiness to me. God, in Israel, sows the seeds Of affliction, pain, and toil; These spring up and choke the weeds Which would else o'erspread the soil. Trials make the promise sweet; Trials give new life to prayer; Trials bring me to his feet, Lay me low, and keep me there. Did I meet no trials here, No correction by the way, Might I not with reason fear I should prove a cast-away? Worldlings may escape the rod, Sunk in earthly, vain delight; But the true-born child of God Must not, would not, if he might.

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ND is there, Lord, a cross for me,

As through this wilderness I stray, Which, if I would, I must not flee, But thy divine command obey ? I would not, Lord, pass by that cross, For thou hast placed it in my way; To turn aside would be my loss, I therefore lift my heart and pray :Shew me the cross that I must bear; Bend my proud heart, that I may take In holy faith and humble prayer, The cross of shame, for thy dear sake : For thou didst take a cross for me, And on it all my sins didst bear; Its agony

thou didst not flee, That in thy glory I might share. Then I will take my cross with joy, And bear it onward to the end ; My shame and pride, O Lord, destroy, My faith and hope on thee depend. Thou soon wilt take the cross away, And place the crown upon my brow, In that bright world of endless day, Where I no more a cross shall know.

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Destitute, despised, forsaken,

Thou, from hence, my all shalt be.

Perish every fond ambition,

All I've sought, and hoped, and known: Yet how rich is my condition !

God and heaven are still mine own. Let the world despise and leave me :

They have left my Saviour too. Human hearts and looks deceive me:

Thou art not, like them, untrue.
And whilst thou shalt smile upon me,

God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes may hate, and friends disown me ;

Shew thy face, and all is bright.
Man may trouble and distress me,

'Twill but drive me to thy breast; Life with trials hard may press me,

Heaven will bring me sweeter rest; O'tis not in grief to harm me,

While thy love is left to me; O'twere not in joy to charm me,

Were that joy unmix'd with thee. Soul ! then, know thy full salvation;

Rise o'er sin and fear and care;
Joy to find, in every station,

Something still to do or bear.
Think what Spirit dwells within thee:

What a Father's smiles are thine :
What a Saviour died to win thee :

Child of heaven, canst thou repine ? Haste thee on from grace to glory,

Arm'd by faith and wing'd by prayer: Heaven's eternal days before thee:

God's own hand shall guide thee there.

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