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Filial Submission.

AND can my heart aspire so high,
To say, 'My Father, God!'
Lord, at thy feet I long to lie,
And learn to kiss the rod.

2 I would submit to all thy will,
For thou art good and wise;
Let every anxious thought be still,
Nor one faint murmur rise.

3 Thy love can cheer the darksome gloom, Ånd bid me wait serene;

Till hopes and joys immortal bloom,
And brighten all the scene.

4 My Father!-oh! permit my heart
To plead her humble claim;
And ask the bliss those words impart,
In my Redeemer's name.

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MY God-my Father-blissful name!-
Oh! may I call thee mine?
May I, with sweet assurance, claim
A portion so divine?

2 This only can my fears control,
And bid my sorrows fly:
What harm can ever reach my soul,
Beneath my Father's eye?

3 Whate'er thy holy will denies,
I cheerfully resign:
Lord, thou art good, and just, and wise;
Oh!, bend my will to thine.

4 Whate'er thy sacred will ordains, Oh! give me strength to bear;

And let me know
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And trust his tender care.

Father reigns,

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Safety of trusting in God.

WHEN God revealed his gracious name,
And changed my mournful state,
My rapture seemed a pleasing dream,
The grace appeared so great.

2 The world beheld the glorious change,
And did thy hand confess;

My tongue broke out in unknown strains,
And sung surprising grace.

3 Great is the work!-my neighbors cried,
And owned thy power divine;
Great is the work!—my heart replied,
And be the glory thine.

4 The Lord can clear the darkest skies,
Can give us day for night;
Make drops of sacred sorrow rise
To rivers of delight.

5 Let those that sow in sadness wait
Till the fair harvest come;
They shall confess their sheaves are great,
And shout the blessings home.

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Trust in God.

YOUR harps, ye trembling saints,
Down from the willows take:
Loud to the praise of love divine,
Bid every string awake.

2 When we in darkness walk, Nor feel the heavenly flame;

Then will we trust our gracious God,
And rest upon his name.

3 Blest is the man, O God,

That stays himself on thee !Who waits for thy salvation, Lord, Shall thy salvation see.

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The Gospel exemplified in the Conduct.
So let our lips and lives express
The holy gospel we profess;
So let our works and virtues shine,
To prove the doctrine all divine.
2 Thus shall we best proclaim abroad
The honors of our Saviour God:
When his salvation reigns within,
And grace subdues the power of sin.

3 Our flesh and sense must be denied,
Passion and envy, lust and pride;
While justice, temperance, truth, and love,
Our inward piety approve.

4 Religion bears our spirits up,
While we expect that blessed hope-
The bright appearance of the Lord-
And faith stands leaning on his word.

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Death to Sin by the Cross of Christ.

SHALL we go on to sin,

Because thy grace abounds,
Or crucify the Lord again,

And open all his wounds?
2 Forbid it, mighty God!
Nor let it e'er be said,

That we, whose sins are crucified,
Should raise them from the dead.

3 We will be slaves no more,

Since Christ has made us free,
Has nailed our tyrants to his cross,
And bought our liberty.

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Living to Christ.

MY gracious Lord, I own thy right To every service I can pay, And call it my supreme delight, To hear thy dictates and obey. 2 What is my being, but for theeIts sure support-its noblest end? 'Tis my delight thy face to see,

And serve the cause of such a friend. 3 I would not breathe for worldly joy, Or to increase my worldly good; Nor future days nor powers employ

To spread a sounding name abroad. 4 "Tis to my Saviour I would live;

To him, who for my ransom died;
Nor could all worldly honor give

Such bliss as crowns me at his side.

5 His work my hoary age shall bless,

When youthful vigor is no more;
And my last hour of life confess
His saving love-his glorious power.

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The vigilant Servant.

YE servants of the Lord,
Each in his office wait;

With joy obey his heavenly word,
And watch before his gate.

2 Let all your lamps be bright,
And trim the golden flame;
Gird up your loins, as in his sight,
For awful is his name.

3 Watch!-'tis your Lord's command;
And while we speak, he's near:
Mark the first signal of his hand,
And ready all appear.

4 Oh happy servant he,

In such a posture found!
He shall his Lord with rapture see,
And be with honor crowned.

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God the Author of Mercies and Afflictions.
O THOU, whose mercy guides my way!
Though now it seem severe,

Forbid my unbelief to say
There is no mercy here!

2 Oh! may I, Lord, desire the pain
That comes in kindness down,
Far more than sweetest earthly gain,
Succeeded by a frown.

3 Then, though thou bend my spirit low,
Love only shall I see;

The gracious hand, that strikes the blow,
Was wounded once for me.

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SINCE all the varying scenes of time
God's watchful eye surveys,
Oh, who so wise to choose our lot,
Ór to appoint our ways!

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