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Of health that pain and death defies,
2 O that the Comforter would come,
Nor visit as a transient guest,
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Dedication to God.
i Holy Father, thou hast taught me
I should live to thee alone; Year by year, thy hand hath brought me
On through dangers oft unknown. When I wandered, thou hast found me;
When I doubted, sent me light; Still thine arm has been around me,
All my paths were in thy sight.
2 In the world will foes assail me,
Craftier, stronger far than I ; And the strife may never fail me,
Well I know, before I die. Therefore, Lord, I come, believing
Thou canst give the power I need ; Through the prayer of faith receiving
Strength, – the Spirit's strength indeed.
3 I would trust in thy protecting,
Wholly rest upon thine arm, Follow wholly thy directing,
Thou mine only guard from harm!
Keep me from mine own undoing,
Help me turn to thee when tried ;
Keep me ever at thy side!
Seeking after God
1 Thou hidden love of God, whose height,
Whose depth unfathomed, no man knows
At rest, till it find rest in thee.
The sweetness of thy yoke to prove;
3 'Tis mercy all, that thou hast brought
My mind to seek her peace in thee;
4. Is there a thing beneath the sun
That strives with thee my heart to share ?
God our All in All.
1 Thou bidden Source of calm repose,
Thou all-sufficient Love Divine,
I hide me, Father, in thy name. 2 Father, my all in all thou art,
My rest in toil, my ease in pain ;
In shame, my glory and my crown;3 In want, my plentiful supply;
In weakness, my almighty power;
531. Watts. "O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes." 10 that the Lord would guide my ways
To keep his statutes still !
To know and do his will !
2 ) send thy Spirit down to write
Thy law upon my heart!
Nor act the liar's part.
3 From vanity turn off mine eyes;
Let no corrupt design, Nor covetous desires, arise
Within this soul of mine.
4. Order my footsteps by thy word,
And make my heart sincere; Let sin have no dominion, Lord,
But keep my conscience clear. 5 Make me to walk in thy commands, –
'T is a delightful road; Nor let my head, or heart, or hands,
Offend against my God.
Trust in God.
i O let my trembling soul be still,
While darkness veils this mortal eye,
2 When, mounted on thy clouded car,
Thou send'st thy darker spirits down,
3 So, trusting in thy love, I tread
The narrow path of duty on;
Yet purer, brighter joys remain : Why should my spirit then complain? 75. M. 533
Make me teachable and mild,
Pleased with all that pleases thee. 2 What thou shalt to-day provide,
Let me as a child receive;
Why should I the burden bear? 3 As a little child relies
On a care beyond his own,
Help Thou our Unbelief.
1 Fatuer! when o'er our trembling hearts
Doubt's shadows gathering brood, When faith in thee almost departs,
And gloomiest fears intrude; Forsake us not, O God of grace,
But send those fears relief;