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HYMNS.

I. WALKING WITH GOD. Gen. v. 24.

Oh! for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;

A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew
When first I saw the Lord?

Where is the soul-refreshing view
Of Jesus and his word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd!

How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void,

The world can never fill.

Eeturn, 0 holy Dove, return!

Sweet messenger of rest: I hate the sins that made thee mourn,

And drove thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,

Whate'er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from thy throne, And worship only thee.
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So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

II. JEHOVAH-JIREH. THE LORD WILL PROVIDE. Gen. xxii. 14.

The saints should never be dismay'd, Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect his aid,

The Saviour will appear. This Abraham found: he raised the knife;

God saw, and said, "Forbear! Yon ram shall yield his meaner life;

Behold the victim there." Once David seem'd Saul's certain prey;

But hark! the foe's at hand; *
Saul turns his arms another way, To save the invaded land. When Jonah sunk beneath the wave,

He thought to rise no more;2
But God prepared a fish to save,

And bear him to the shore. Blest proofs of power and grace divine,

That meet us in his word!
May every deep-felt care of mine Be trusted with the Lord.

11 Sam. xxiii. 27. 2 Jonah i. 17.

"Wait for his seasonable aid,
And though it tarry, wait:The promise may be long delay'd,
But cannot come too late.

III. JEHOVAH-ROPHI. I AM THE LORD THAT HEALETH THEE. Exod. xv. 26.

Heal Us, Emmanuel, here we are,

Waiting to feel thy touch: Deep-wounded souls to thee repair,

And, Saviour, we are such.

Our faith is feeble, we confess,

We faintly trust thy word; But wilt thou pity us the less?

Be that far from thee, Lord!Remember him who once applied,

With trembling, for relief; "Lord, I believe," with tears he cried,1

"Oh, help my unbelief!"

She too, who touch'd thee in the press,

And healing virtue stole,
Was answer'd, "Daughter, go in peace,2

Thy faith hath made thee whole." Conceal'd amid the gathering throng,
She would have shunn'd thy view;And if her faith was firm and strong,
Had strong misgivings too.

i Mark ix. 24. 2 Mark v. 34.

Like her, with hopes and fears we come,

To touch thee, if we may;
Oh! send us not despairing home,

Send none unheal'd away.

IV. JEHOVAH-NISSI. THE LORD MY BANNER. Exod. xvii. 15.

By whom was David taught To aim the deadly blow,
When he Goliath fought,
And laid the Gittite low?
Nor sword nor spear the stripling took,
But chose a pebble from the brook.

'Twas Israel's God and king
Who sent him to the fight;
Who gave him strength to sling,
And skill to aim aright.
Ye feeble saints, your strength endures,
Because young David's God is yours.

Who order'd Gideon forth,

To storm the invaders' camp,
With arms of little worth,
A pitcher and a lamp ? x
The trumpets made his coming known,
And all the host was overthrown.

1 Judges vii. 9, and 20.

Oh! I have seen the day,

When with a single word,
God helping me to say,
My trust is in the Lord,
My soul hath quell'd a thousand foes,
Fearless of all that could oppose.

But unbelief, self-will,

Self-righteousness, and pride,
How often do they steal
My weapon from my side!
Yet David's Lord, and Gideon's friend,
Will help his servant to the end.

V. JEHOVAH-SHALOM. THE LORD SEND PEACE.
Judges vi. 24.

Jesus, whose blood so freely stream'd To satisfy the law's demand;
By thee from guilt and wrath redeem'd, Before the Father's face I stand.

To reconcile offending man, Make Justice drop her angry rod;

What creature could have form'd the plan,
Or who fulfil it but a God?

No drop remains of all the curse,

For wretches who deserved the whole;

No arrows dipt in wrath to pierce
The guilty, but returning soul.

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