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L. M.

633.

DODDRIDGE.

The weeping Seed-time and joyful Harvest. Psalm 126.

1 The darkened sky, how thick it lowers !

Troubled with storms, and big with showers;
No cheerful gleam of light appears,
But Nature pours forth all her tears.

2 Yet let the sons of

grace revive;
God bids the soul that seeks him live,
And from the gloomiest shade of night
Calls forth a morning of delight.

3 The seeds of ecstasy unknown

Are in these watered furrows sown;
See the green blades, how thick they rise,

And with fresh verdure bless our eyes ! 4 In secret foldings they contain

Unnumbered ears of golden grain ;
And heaven shall pour its beams around,
Till the ripe harvest load the ground.
Then shall the trembling mourner come,
And bind his sheaves, and bear them horne:
The voice long broke with sighs shall sing,
Till heaven with hallelujahs ring.

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634.

BRYANT.

Blessed are they that mourn.

| DEEM not that they are blest alone

Whose days a peaceful tenor keep;
The God who loves our race has shown
A blessing for the eyes that weep.

2 The light of smiles shall fill again

The lids that overflow with tears,
And weary hours of woe and pain
Are earnests of serener years.

3 O there are days of hope and rest

For every dark and troubled night!
And grief may bide, an evening guest,

But joy shall come with early light.
4 And thou, who o’er thy friend's low bier,

Dost shed the bitter drops like rain,
Hope that a brighter, happier sphere,

Will give him to thy arms again.
5 For God hath marked each anguished day,

And numbered every secret tear;
And heaven's long age of bliss shall pay
For all his children suffer here.

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S FROM THE SPANISH OP 635.

Don JORGE MANRIQUE.
Vanity of the World.
i Alas! how poor and little worth
Are all those glittering toys of earth

That lure us here!
Dreams of a sleep that death must break :
Alas! before it bids us wake,

They disappear.
2 Where is the strength that spurned decay,
The step that rolled so light and gay,

The heart's blithe tone ?
The strength is gone, the step is slow,
And joy grows weariness and woe
When

age comes on.

3 Our birth is but a starting-place; Life is the running of the race,

And death the goal : There all those glittering toys are brought; That path alone, of all unsought,

Is found of all.

4 O let the soul its slumbers break,
Arouse its senses, and awake

To see how soon
Life, like its glories, glides away,
And the stern footsteps of decay

Come stealing on.

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i BENEATH our feet and o'er our head

Is equal warning given; Beneath us lie the countless dead,

Above us is the heaven!

2 Their names are graven on the stone,

Their bones are in the clay ; And ere another day is done,

Ourselves may be as they.
3 Death rides on every passing breeze,

He lurks in every flower ;
Each season has its own disease,

Its peril every hour.
4 Our eyes have seen the rosy light

Of youth's soft cheek decay,
And death descend in sudden night

On manhood's middle day.

5 Our eyes have seen the steps of age

Halt feebly towards the tomb;
And yet shall earth our hearts engage,

And dreams of days to come ? 6 Turn, mortal, turn! thy danger know;

Where'er thy foot can tread,
The earth rings hollow from below,

And warns thee of her dead.
7 Turn, Christian, turn! thy soul apply

To truths divinely given;
The boundless fields of light on high

Remind thee of thy heaven.

C. M.

637. DODDRIDGE.

Near Approach of Salvation. 1 AWAKE, ye saints, and raise your eyes,

And raise your voices high; Awake, and praise that sovereign love,

That shows salvation nigh. 2 On all the wings of time it flies;

Each moment brings it near; Then welcome each declining day!

Welcome each closing year!
3 Not many years their round shall run,

Not many mornings rise,
Ere all its glories stand revealed

To our admiring eyes. 4 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course;

Ye mortal powers, decay;
Fast as ye bring the night of death,

Ye bring eternal day.

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638.

DODDRIDGE

Tracing the Steps of the Pious Dead.
How swift the torrent rolls,

That bears us to the sea !
The tide that bears our thoughtless souls

To vast eternity!

2

Our fathers, where are they,

With all they call their own? Their joys and griefs, and hopes and cares,

And wealth and honor, gone.

3

God of our fathers! hear;

Thou everlasting Friend!
While we, as on life's utmost verge,

Our souls to thee commend.

4

Of all the pious dead
May we the footsteps trace,
Till with them, in the land of light,

We dwell before thy face.

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639.

BARBAULD.

Blessedness of the Righteous in Death.
1 How blest the righteous when he dies!

When sinks a weary soul to rest,
How mildly beam the closing eyes!

How gently heaves the expiring breast! 2 So fades a summer cloud away;

So sinks the gale when storms are o'er ;
So gently shuts the eye of day;
So dies a wave along the shore.

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