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Boden's COL. Forgiveness of Enemies. 1 “FATHER, forgive,” the Saviour cried,

With his expiring breath,
And drew eternal blessings down

On those who wrought his death. 2 Jesus, this wondrous love we sing,

And whilst we sing, admire;
Breathe on our souls, and kindle there

The same celestial fire.
3 By thine example ever swayed,

We for our foes will pray;
With love their hatred, and their curse

With blessings, will repay.

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Beatific Vision of Christ.
1 FROM thee, O God, our joys shall rise,

And run eternal rounds,
Beyond the limits of the skies,

And all created bounds.
2 The holy triumphs of our souls

Shall death itself outbrave,
Leave dull mortality behind,

And fly beyond the grave.
3 There, where our blesséd Saviour reigns,

In heaven's unmeasured space,
We'll spend a long eternity

In pleasure and in praise.
4 Blest Saviour, every smile of thine

Shall fresh endearments bring,
And thousand tastes of new delight

From all thy graces spring.
5 Haste, our beloved, bear our souls

Up to thy blest abode ;
Haste, for our spirits long to see

Our Saviour and our God.

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Importance of Religion.
1 RELIGION is the chief concern

Of mortals here below;
May we its great importance learn,

Its sovereign virtue know.
2 Religion should our thoughts engage

Amidst our youthful bloom;
'Twill fit us for declining age,

And for the solemn tomb.
3 0, may our hearts, by grace renewed,

Be our Redeemer's throne;
And be our stubborn wills suijued,

His government to own.
4 Let deep repentance, faith, and love,

Be joined with godly fear,
And all our conversation prove

Our hearts to be sincere.
5 Let lively hope our souls inspire ;

Let warm affections rise ;
And may we wait with strong desire

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DODDRIDGE. Benefits of Religion. 1 O HAPPY Christian, who can boast,

“ The Son of God is mine”!
Happy, though humbled in the dust -

Rich in this gift divine.
2 He lives the life of heaven below,

And shall forever live;
Eternal streams from Christ shall flow,

And endless vigor give.
3 That life we ask with bended knee;

Nor will the Lord deny,
Nor will celestial mercy see

Its humble suppliants die.
4 That life obtained, for praise alone

We wish continued breath;
And, taught by blest experience, own

That praise can live in death.

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WATTS.
Heavenly Joy on Earth.
1 COME, we that love the Lord,

And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,

And thus surround the throne.
2 The sorrows of the mind

Be banished from the place;
Religion never was designed

To make our pleasures less.
3 Let those refuse to sing

Who never knew our God;
But children of the heavenly King

May speak their joys abroad.
4 The hill of Zion yields

A thousand sacred sweets,
Before we reach the heavenly fields,

Or walk the golden streets.
5 Then let our songs abound,

And every tear be dry;
We're marching through Immanuel's ground,

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Luth. COL.
Religion a Support in Life.
1 WHEN gloomy thoughts and fears

The trembling heart invade,
And all the face of nature wears

A universal shade, –
2 Religion can assuage

The tempest of the soul;
And every fear shall lose its rage

At her divine control.
3 Through life's bewildered way,

Her hand unerring leads;
And o'er the path her heavenly ray

A cheering lustre sheds.
4 When reason, tired and blind,

Sinks helpless and afraid,
Thou blest supporter of the mind,

How powerful is thine aid !

5 0, let us feel thy power,

And find thy sweet relief,
To cheer our every gloomy hour,

And calm our every grief.

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PRATT's COL.
Importance of Religion to the Young.
1 WHILE in the tender years of youth,

In nature's smiling bloom,
Ere age arrive, and trembling wait

Its summons to the tomb, -
2 Remember thy Creator, God;

For him thy powers employ;
Make him thy fear, thy love, thy hope,

Thy portion, and thy joy.
3 He will in safety guide thy course

O'er life's uncertain sea,
And bring thee to that peaceful shore

Where happy spirits be.

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WATTS. Importance of the Bible to the Young. 1 HOW shall the young secure their hearts,

And guard their lives from sin ?
Thy word the choicest rules imparts

To keep the conscience clean.
2 'Tis, like the sun, a heavenly light,

That guides us all the day,
And, through the dangers of the night,

A lamp to lead our way.
3 Thy precepts make us truly wise ;

We hate the sinner's road;
We hate our own vain thoughts that rise,

But love thy law, O God.
4 Thy word is everlasting truth :

How pure is every page!
That holy book shall guide our youth,

And well support our age.

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FAWCETT.
The Bible the Guide of the Young.
1 WITH humble heart and tongue,

My God, to thee I pray:
O, bring me now, while I am young,

To thee, the living way. 2 Make an unguarded youth

The object of thy care ;
Help me to choose the way of truth,

And fly from every snare. 3 My heart, to folly prone,

Renew by power divine ;
Unite it to thyself alone,

And make me wholly thine. 4 0, let thy word of grace

My warmest thoughts employ;
Be this, through all my following days,

My treasure and my joy. 5 To what thy laws impart

Be my whole soul inclined:
0, let them dwell within my heart,

And sanctify my mind.

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EPIS. COL.
Early Piety.
1 O, IN the morn of life, when youth

With vital ardor glows,
And shines in all the fairest charms

That beauty can disclose,
2 Deep in thy soul, before its powers

Are yet by vice enslaved,
Be thy Creator's glorious name

And character engraved;
3 Ere yet the shades of sorrow cloud

The sunshine of thy days,
And cares and toils, in endless round,

Encompass all thy ways;

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