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3 Whate'er we do, where'er we turn,

Thy ceaseless bounty flows; Oppressed with woe, when nature faints,

Thine arm is our repose.
4 To thee we look, thou Power supreme !

O, still our wants supply!
Safe in thy presence may we live,

And in thy favor die.

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DODDRIDGE. Trusting in God. 1 PRAISE to the Sovereign of the sky,

Who, from his lofty throne,
Looks down on all that humble lie,

And calls such souls his own. 2 The haughty sinner he disdains,

Though gems his temples crown;
And from the seat of pomp and pride

His vengeance hurls him down. 3 On his afflicted, pious poor

He makes his face to shine ;
He fills their cottages of clay

With lustre all divine.
4 Among the meanest of thy flock

There let my dwelling be,
Rather than under gilded roofs,

If absent, Lord, from thee.
5 Poor and afflicted though we are,

In thy strong name we trust,
And bless the hand of sovereign love,
Which lifts us from the dust.

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DARWIN. Trust in God in Prosperity and Adversity. 1 THE Lord how tender is his love!

His justice, how august!
Hence, all her fears my soul derives,

There, anchors all her trust.
2 He showers the manna from above,

To feed the barren waste,
Or points with death the fiery hail,

And famine waits the blast.
3 He bids distress forget to groan,

The sick from anguish cease ;
In dungeons spreads his healing wing,

And softly whispers peace.
4 His power directs the rushing wind,

Or tips the bolt with flame;
His goodness breathes in every breeze,

And warms in every beam. 5 For me, O Lord, whatever lot

The hours commissioned bring,
Do all my withering blessings die,

Or fairer clusters spring, -
6 O, grant that still, with grateful heart,

My years resigned may run : 'Tis thine to give, or to resume;

And may thy will be done.

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PARADISE ST. COL. The Benefit of Affliction. 1 O GOD, to thee my sinking soul

In deep distress doth fly;
Thy love can all my griefs control,

And all my wants supply.
2 How oft, when black misfortune's band

Around their victim stood,
The seeming ill, at thy command,

Hath changed to real good!
3 The tempest that obscured the sky,

Hath set my bosom free
From earthly care and sensual joy,

And turned my thoughts to thee.
4 Affliction's blast hath made me learn

To feel for others' woe,
And humbly seek, with deep concern,

My own defects to know.
5 Then rage, ye storms ! ye billows, roar!

My heart defies your shock;
Ye make me cling to God the more

To God, my sheltering Rock.

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C. M.

MERRICK.
Acquiescence in the divine Will.
1 AUTHOR of good, we rest on thee;

Thine ever-watchful eye Alone our real wants can see,

Thy hand alone supply.

2 In thine all-gracious providence

Our cheerful hopes confide;
O, let thy power be our defence,

Thy love our footsteps guide. 3 And since, by passion's force subdued,

Too oft, with stubborn will,
We blindly shun the latent-good,

And grasp the specious ill, 4 Not what we wish, but what we want,

Let mercy still supply ;
The good unasked, O Father, grant;

The ill, though asked, deny.

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NORTON. Trust and Submission. 1 MY God, I thank thee; may no thought

E’er deem thy chastisements severe; But may this heart, by sorrow taught,

Calm each wild wish, each idle fear. 2 Thy mercy bids all nature bloom ;

The sun shines bright, and man is gay; Thine equal mercy spreads the gloom

That darkens o'er his little day. 3 Full many a throb of grief and pain

Thy frail and erring child must know; But not one prayer is breathed in vain,

Nor does one tear unheeded flow. 4 Thy various messengers employ;

Thy purposes of love fulfil ;
And, mid the wreck of human joy,

Let kneeling faith adore thy will.

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CowPER. Submission. 1 0 LORD, my best desire fulfil,

And help me to resign
Life, health, and comfort to thy will,

And make thy pleasure mine.
2 Why should I shrink at thy command,

Whose love forbids my fears ?
Or tremble at the gracious hand

That wipes away my tears? 3 No, rather let me freely yield

What most I prize to thee,
Who never hast a good withheld,

Or wilt withhold, from me.
4 Wisdom and mercy guide my way;

Shall I resist them both ?
A poor, blind creature of a day,

And crushed before the moth! 5 But, ah! my inward spirit cries,

Still bind me to thy sway;
Else the next cloud that veils the skies

Drives all these thoughts away.

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TOPLADY'S COL. Habitual Resignation. 1 WITH God my Friend, the radiant sun

Sheds a more lively ray;
Each object smiles; all nature charms;

I chase my cares away.

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