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The Uncertainty of Life.
Lodged in thy sovereign hand;
It shines by thy command.
2 The present moment flies,
And bears our life away ;
That they may live to-day.
One thing demands our care ;
O be it still pursued,
Should never be renewed.
To Jesus may we fly,
Swift as the morning light,
In sudden, endless night.
The Wisdom of redeeming Time. i God of eternity! from thee Did infant Time his being draw: Moments and days, and months and years, , Revolve by thine unvaried law.
2 Silent and swift they glide away: Steady and strong the
current flows, Lost in eternity's wide sea, The boundless gulf from which it rose.
3 With it the thoughtless sons of men
Before the rapid stream are borne
4. Yet while the shore, on either side
Presents a gaudy, flattering show,
in fond amazement lost, Nor think to what a world we go. 5 Great Source of wisdom! teach our hearts
To know the price of every hour,
Prayer for Support in Death.
1 When, bending o'er the brink of life,
My trembling soul shall stand,
Great God, at thy command,
2 Thou Source of life and joy supreme,
Whose arm alone can save, Dispel the darkness that surrounds
The entrance to the grave.
3 Lay thy supporting, gentle hand
Beneath my sinking head, And let a beam of light divine Illume my dying bed.
Light of Religion. 1 WERE all our hopes and all our fears
Confined within life's narrow bound; If, travellers through this vale of tears, We saw no better world beyond ;
2 Did not a sunbeam break the gloom,
And not a floweret smile beneath, Who could exist in such a tomb ? Who dwell amid the shades of death?
3 And such were life without the
ray From our divine religion given: 'T is this that makes our darkness day, 'T is this that makes our earth a heaver
4 Bright is the golden sun above,
And beautiful the flowers that bloom,
The Christian's Farewell.
1 Ye golden lamps of heaven, farewell,
With all your feeble light! Farewell, thou ever-changing moon, Pale
empress of the night! 2 And thou, refulgent orb of day,
In brighter flames arrayed! My soul, that springs beyond thy sphere,
No more demands thy aid.
3 Ye stars are but the shining dust
Of my divine abode, The pavement of those heavenly courts
Where I shall see my God. 4 The Father of eternal light
Will there his bearns display ; Nor shall one moment's darkness blend
With that unvaried day.
Shall in one song unite ;
With infinite delight.
L. M. 631. MONTGOMERY.
Religion our Guide in Life and Death. i Through shades and solitudes profound,
The fainting traveller winds his way;
And tempt his wandering feet astray; 2 Till mild Religion from above
Descends, a sweet, engaging form,
The bow of promise in a storm! 3 Ambition, pride, revenge depart,
And folly flies her chastening rod;
A temple of the living God.
Where bright, celestial ages roll,
5 At her approach the grave appears
The gate of Paradise restored;
And drops his double, flaming sword. 6 Baptized with her renewing fire,
May we the crown of glory gain;
“ Affliction cometh not forth of the dust."
1 Affliction's faded form draws nigh,
With wrinkled brow and downcast eye,
2 But deem her not a child of earth :
From heaven she draws her sacred birth;
To execute his dread commands.
Perplexed in sin's deceitful way,
And sudden ruin round us spreads.
she flies To train us for our home, the skies ; And, onward as we move,
way Becomes more smooth, more bright the day. 5 Her weeds to robes of glory turn,
Her looks with kindling radiance burn; Her lips these soothing words reveal,“ God smites to bless, he wounds to heal!"