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His Spirit stirr'd me up to pray,
And hover'd o'er my head, Infusing the first gracious hope
He spread his wings abroad, And train'd his infant pupil up
To seek the face of God.
He never yet forsook,
And all my burthen took;
On wings of heav'nly love,
To those bright realms above. & The Spirit of redeeming grace
Hath been my sure defence,
Led on my innocence:
All idols I abhorr’d,
My Paradise restor'd.
L. M. Consolatory Reflections on Providence. · "T'Swisdom, merey, love divine,
Which mingles blessings with our cares; And shall our thankless heart repine
That we obtain not all our prayers? 2 From diffidence our sorrows flow,
Short-sighted mortals, weak and blind,
And doubt if proviilence be kind.
Say, would the grant relieve the care?
4 Were once our vain desires subdu'd,
The will resign'd, the heart at rest;
Grace, Psalm cxxxix.
Kind guardian of my days, Thy mercies let my heart record In
songs of grateful praise.
Was thy indulgent care,
From thy exhaustless store;
Would count thy mercies o'er.
Thy bounteous hand would trace,
The blessings of thy grace.
For favours more divine;
Where all thy glories shine.
And every weakness dies,
Ard raise me to the skies. 88.
(260.) C. M.
Be mercy all your theme;
2 Fear not the pow’rs of earth and hell:
God will these pow’rs restrain; His mighty arm their rage repel,
And make their efforts vain.
He will for his provide,
And give them heav'n beside.
Or leave his work undone: He's faithful to his promises,
And faithful to his Son.
Nor death's tremendous sting:
To endless glory bring.
May confidently trust:
His grace rewards the just.
FALL AND DEPRAVITY OF MAN.
C. M. 89.
Corrupt Nature from Adam.
Adam, our father, stood,
And ate th' unlawful food.
? Now we are born a sensual race,
To sinful joys inclin'd; Reason has lost its native place,
And flesh enslaves the mind. 8 While flesh and sense and passion reigns, Sin is the sweetest good:
We fancy music in our chains,
And so forget the load. 4 Great God, renew our ruin'd frame,
Our broken powers restore, Inspire us with a heavenly flame,
And flesh shall reign no more. 5 Eternal Spirit, write thy law
Upon our inward parts,
C. M. 90. Original Sin; or, the first and second Ridlam
Rom. v. 12. Psalm li. 5. Job xiv, 4. 1 BACKWARD with humble shame we look,
On our original;
In our first father's fall!
prone to all that's ill; What dreadful darkness veils our mind!
How obstinate our will!
The old corruption reigns,
Wanders through all our veins!
Will all the branches be;
From such a deadly tree?
Can pure productions bring?
From an infected spring?
Can make our nature clean,
7 The second Adam shall restore
The ruins of the first,
C. M. 91.
The Deceitfulness of Sin. I SIN has a thousand
treacherous arts To practise on the mind; With flattering looks she tempts our hearts,
But leaves a sting behind.
The aged and the young;
She makes his fetters strong.
And gives a fair pretence;
And chains it down to sense. á So on a tree divinely fair
Grew the forbidden food;
L. M.. 92. Adum and Christ
, Lords of the Old and the
- Adam the offspring of the dust,
But just below an angel's place?
And make him lord of all below;
And lay the fishes at his feet?
To crown the second Adam's state!