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My dear and kind defender Preserves me safely here,
ASPIRATIONS OF THE SOUL AFTER GOD.
My Spouse! in whose presence I live, Sole object of all my desires,
And canst easily double its fires;
From fear of adversity free,
Transported I see thee display
Thy riches and glory divine;
Take what I would gladly resign.
For thou art as faithful as strong;
Repose myself all the day long.
My spirit and faculties fail;
Oh finish what love has begun!
And dwell in the soul thou hast won! Vol. in. 7
Dear theme of my wonder and praise,
I can only be silent and gaze:
Oh glory in which I am lost,
Too deep for the plummet of thought; On an ocean of deity toss'd,
I am swallow'd, I sink into nought. Yet, lost and absorb'd as I seem,
I chant to the praise of my King; And, though overwhelm'd by the theme,
Am happy whenever I sing.
GRATITUDE AND LOVE TO GOD.
All are indebted much to thee,
But I far more than all,
And raised from many a fall.
What bonds of gratitude I feel No language can declare;
Spirit of charity, dispense
Thy grace to every heart;
Drive self from every part;
All selfish souls, whate'er they feign,
Have still a slavish lot;
Of love, and feel it not.
Oh blessedness, all bliss above, When thy pure fires prevail!
HAPPY SOLITUDE—UNHAPPY MEN
My heart is easy, and my burden light; I smile, though sad, when thou art in my sight
The more my woes in secret I deplore, I taste thy goodness, and I love the more.
There, while a solemn stillness reigns around, Faith, love, and hope within my soul abound And, while the world suppose me lost in care, The joys of angels, unperceived, I share.
Thy creatures wrong thee, O thou sovereign Good!
Frail beauty and false honour are adored;
The fountain in its source
But shallow cisterns yield
A scanty short supply;
At evening they are dry.
TRUTH AND DIVINE LOVE REJECTED BY
O Love, of pure and heavenly birth
Whence comes it, that, your power the same
The world is proud, and cannot bear
Then, let the price be what it may,
DIVINE JUSTICE AMIABLE.
Thou hast no lightnings, O thou just!Or I their force should know;