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HYMN 389. C. P. M. [#]

Contentment and Resignation. 1 If solid happiness we prize, Within our breasts the jewel lies ;

Nor need we roam abroad :
The world has little to bestow ;
From pious hearts our joys must flow,

Hearts that delight in God.
2 To be resigned when ills betide,
Patient when favours are denied,

And pleased with favours given,-
This is the wise, the pious part,
This is that incense of the heart,

Whose fragrance reaches heaven. 3 Thus through life's changing scenes we'll go ; Its chequered paths of joy and wo

With holy care we'll tread ; Quit its vain scenes without a tear, Without a trouble or a fear,

And mingle with the dead.


HYMN 390. C. M. [#]

Zeal true and false.
1 Zeal is that pure and heavenly flame,

The fire of love supplies ;
While that which often bears the name

Is self in a disguise.
2 True zeal is merciful and mild,

Can pity and forbear ;
The false is headstrong, fierce and wild,

And breathes revenge and war.
3 While zeal for truth the Christian warms,

He knows the worth of peace;
But self contends for names and forms,

Its party to increase.
4 Zeal has attained its highest aim,

Its end is satisfied,
If sinners love the Saviour's name ;

Nor seeks it aught beside.
5 But self, however well employed,

Has its own ends in view ;
And says, as boasting Jehu cried,

Come, see what I can do.
6 Dear Lord, the idol self dethrone,

And from our hearts remove ;
And let no zeal by us be shown,

But that which springs from love.

HYMN 391. L. M. [#]

Persecution and Intolerance absurd. 1 ABSURD and vain attempt to bind,

With iron chains, the free-born mind;
To force conviction, and reclaim

The wandering by destructive flame! 2 Bold arrogance, to snatch from heaven

Dominion not to mortals given ;
O’er conscience to usurp the throne

Accountable to God alone !
3 Our Master's gentle law of love

Does no such cruelties approve;
Mild as himself, his doctrine wields

No arms but those persuasion yields. 4 By proofs divine, and reasons strong,

It draws the willing soul along;
And conquests to his truth acquires
By eloquence which heaven inspires.

HYMN 392. C. M. [#]

Zeal and Vigour in the Christian Race. 1 AWAKE, my soul, stretch every nerve,

And press with vigour on ;
A heavenly race demands thy zeal,

And an immortal crown. 2 A cloud of witnesses around

Hold thee in full survey :
Forget the steps already trod,

And onward urge thy way.

3 'Tis God's all-animating voice

That calls thee from on high ;
'Tis his own hand presents the prize

To thine aspiring eye ;-
4 That prize, with peerless glories bright,

Which shall new lustre boast,
When victors' wreaths and monarchs' gems

Shall blend in common dust.
5 My soul, with all thy wakened powers,

Survey the heavenly prize ;
Nor let the glittering toys of earth

Allure thy wandering eyes.

HYMN 393. L. M. [#]

Holy Resolution. 1 AH, wretched souls, who strive in vain,

Slaves to the world, and slaves to sin ! A nobler toil may I sustain,

A nobler satisfaction win. 2 I would resolve, with all my heart,

With all my powers, to serve the Lord; Nor from his precepts e'er depart,

Whose service is a rich reward. 3 O, be his service all my joy ;

Around let my example shine,
Till others love the blest employ,

And join in labours so divine. 4 Be this the purpose of my soul,

My solemn, my determined choice,
To yield to his supreme control,

And in his kind commands rejoice.

5 O may

I never faint nor tire,
Nor wander from thy sacred ways :
Great God, accept my soul's desire,

And give me strength to live thy praise.

HYMN 394. S. M. [#]

Obedience to God as our Father.
1 My Father, I adore

That all-commanding name;
O may it virtue's strength restore,

And raise devotion's flame.
2 I bow at his commands,

And filial homage pay ;
With heart and life, with tongue and hands,

I'll cheerfully obey.
3 No more will I transgress,

As I too oft have done,
But every sinful thought suppress,

Each sinful action shun.
4 My Father thus I'll claim,

And prove myself his son ;
And, while I bear the filial name,

The filial duties own.
5 Do thou the strength impart,

This purpose to fulfil:
Lord, write thy laws upon my heart,
That I may do thy will.


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