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LI. LIVELY HOPE AND GRACIOUS FEAR.
I Was a grovelling creature once, And basely cleaved to earth;
But God has breathed upon a worm,
And sent me from above
The wings of joy and love.
With these to Pisgah's top I fly,
And there delighted stand,
The spacious promised land.
The Lord of all the vast domain
Has promised it to me;
As far as faith can see.
How glorious is my privilege!
To thee for help I call;
Oh save me, lest I fall!
Though much exalted in the Lord, My strength is not my own;
LII. FOR THE POOR.
When Hagar found the bottle spent, And wept o'er Ishmael,
Convince us at this day,
The promise is secure; "Bread shall be given them," as he said,
"Their water shall be sure." 3 Repasts far richer they shall prove,
Than all earth's dainties are;
Though in the meanest fare.
Nor murmur at your lot;
You shall not be forgot.
LIII, MY SOUL THIRSTETH FOR GOD.
I Thirst, but not as once I did The vain delights of earth to share;Thy wounds, Emmanuel, all forbid That I should seek my pleasures there. It was the sight of thy dear cross
1 Gen. xxi. 19. 2 1 Kings xvii. 14. 8 Isa. xxxii*. 16.
First wean'd my soul from earthly things;And taught me to esteem as dross The mirth of fools and pomp of kings.
I want that grace that springs from thee,
And makes a wretched thorn like me
Dear fountain of delight unknown!
No longer sink below the brim; But overflow and pour me down
A living, and life-giving stream!
For sure, of all the plants that share The notice of thy father's eye,
LIV. LOVE CONSTRAINING TO OBEDIENCE.
No strength of nature can suffice To serve the Lord aright:
How long beneath the law I lay
In bondage and distress; I toil'd the precept to obey,
But toil'd without success.
Then, to abstain from outward sin
Then all my servile works were done
A righteousness to raise;
I freely choose his ways.
"What shall I do," was then the word,
"What shall I render to the Lord?"
To see the law by Christ fulfill'd,
LV. THE HEART HEALED AND CHANGED BY MERCY.
Sin enslaved me many years, And led me bound and blind;
Came swarming o'er my mind.
"Will these sinful pleasures end? How shall I secure my peace, And make the Lord my friend?" 1 Romans iii. 31.
Friends and ministers said much
The gospel to enforce;
I chose a legal course:
Scarce would show my face abroad,
A stranger still to God.
Thus afraid to trust his grace,
Long time did I rebel;
Down at his feet I fell:
And subdued me to his sway;
"Thy sins are done away."
LVI. HATRED OF SIN.
Holy Lord God! I love thy truth, Nor dare thy least commandment slight;Yet pierced by sin, the serpent's tooth,
But though the poison lurks within,
Till death shall set me free from sin,