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Not the dark prison, or the sword,
3 But from our spirits there must flow
A love that will the wrong outweigh;
And wrath and sin shall die away. 4 ’T was heaven that formed the holy plan
To win the wanderer back by love;
1 So let our lips and lives express
The holy Gospel we profess,
To prove the doctrine all divine.
The honors of our Saviour, God,
Our flesh and sense must be denied,
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Joy and Peace in believing. i SOMETIMES a light surprises
The Christian while he sings; It is the Lord, who rises
With healing on his wings : When comforts are declining,
He grants the soul again A season of clear shining,
To cheer it after rain.
2 In holy contemplation,
We sweetly then pursue
And find it ever new ;
We cheerfully can say, 66 E'en let the unknown to-morrow
Bring with it what it may!
“ It can bring with it nothing
But he will bear us through;
Will clothe his people too;
No creature but is fed,
Will give his children bread.
4 " Though vine nor fig-tree neither
Their wonted fruit shall bear, Though all the field should wither,
Nor flocks nor herds be there,
Yet, God the same abiding,
His praise shall tune my voice; For while in him confiding,
I cannot but rejoice.
A follower of the Lamb ?
Or blush to speak his name? 2 Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease, While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas? 3 Are there no foes for me to face ?
Must I not stem the flood ?
To help me on to God?
Increase my courage, Lord !
Supported by thy word.
Shall conquer, though they 're slain : They see the triumph from afar,
And soon with Christ shall reign.
The Christian's Life and his Hope.
1 A SOLDIER'S course from battles won
To new-commencing strife; A pilgrim's, restless as the sun,
Behold the Christian's life!
e let us seek our heavenly home,
Revealed in sacred lore;
Where soldiers war no more;
• Where grief shall never wound, nor death,
Beneath the Saviour's reign; Nor sin with pestilential breath
His hoy realm profane; — 4 The land where, suns and moons unknown,
And night's alternate sway,
Upholds unbroken day;
5 Where they who meet shall never part;
Where grace achieves its plan;
Dwells face to face with man.
The Christian Soldier.
The Christian warrior, see him stand
2 In panoply of truth complete,
Salvation's helmet on his head,
And faith's broad shield before him spread. . With this omnipotence he moves,
From this the alien armies flee;
Through Christ, who gives him victory. 4 Thus strong in his Redeemer's strength,
Sin, death, and hell he tramples down, Fights the good fight, and wins at length, Through mercy, an immortal crown.
1 ALL-SEEING God! 't is thine to know
The springs whence wrong opinions flow;
among men, great Lord of all,
3 Who with another's eye can read ?
Or worship by another's creed?
And bow to thy commands alone. 4 If wrong, correct; accept, if right;
While faithful, we improve our light,