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3 The Lord can clear the darkest skies,
Can give us day for night,
To rivers of delight.
Till the rich harvest come.,
And shout the blessings home.
HYMN 306. H. M. [#]
Or sun or planets shone,
In God's anointed Son,
Firmly his purpose stands :
What kindness moved his hands !
Where boundless mercies shine,
Forget this heart of mine?
In which my Saviour rose !
The grave has lost its power ;
My soul, forget thy woes.
FAITH AND HOPE.
HYMN 307. 8 1. L. M. [#]
Faith in God. 1 God is our Refuge and Defence,
In trouble our unfailing Aid; Secure in his omnipotence,
What foe can make our soul afraid ? Yea, though the earth's foundations rock,
And mountains down the gulf be hurled, His people smile amid the shock;
They look beyond this transient world. 2 Thither let fervent faith aspire ;
Our treasure and our heart be there; O for a seraphi's wing of fire
No, on the mightier wings of prayer, We reach at once that last retreat,
And, ranged among the ransomed throng, Fall with the elders at his feet
Whose name alone inspires their song, 3 Ah, soon, how soon, our spirits droop,
Unwont the air of heaven to breathe ; Yet God, in very deed, will stoop,
And dwell himself with men beneath.
Come to thy living temples, then,
As in the ancient times appear ; Let earth be paradise again,
And man, O God, thine image here.
HYMN 308. L. M. [#]
We walk by Faith, not by Sight. 1 'Tis by the faith of joys to come
We walk through deserts dark as night ; Till we arrive at heaven, our home,
Faith is our guide and truth our light. 2 The want of sight she well supplies ;
She makes the pearly gates appear ;
And brings eternal glories near.
While faith receives a heavenly ray,
And rocks and dangers fill the way. 4 So Abram, by divine command,
Left his own house to walk with God : His faith beheld the promised land,
And fired his zeal along the road.
HYMN 309. C. M. [#]
Vision of Faith. 1 High on the mountain's towering head,
While darkness veils the sky, Faith stands, and, through the stormy cloud, Directs her anxious eye.
2 Amidst the gloom, the welcome rays
With cheering lustre shine,
A world of bliss divine. 3 The yawning gulf, that howled beneath,
Has ceased its angry roar,
And died upon the shore.
A flood of heavenly light,
To heaven her ardent Aight.
Where sin and sorrow grow,
Where joys unceasing flow.
HYMN 310. S. M. [#]
Living by Faith.
In our believing hearts ;
In streams of grace, imparts.
With all the saints in light,
And know its depth and height.
From strength to strength we'll go,
every scene of wo.
4 Soon we shall victors be,
And crowns of glory wear ;
And dwell forever there.
HYMN 311. C. M. [#]
And make their empty boast
While they are slaves to lust!
If faith be cold and dead ;
To Christ, the living Head.
'Tis faith that works by love;
And lifts the thoughts above.
By its celestial power ;
In death's approaching hour.
HYMN 312. L. M. [#]
Let every trembling thought be gone ;
And put a cheerful courage on,