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The fountains can yield no supplies,
And evil they never shall see.
Seeking a Better Country.
Of all that travel to the sky,
While held in life's uneven way.
But seek a city out of sight;
Whose founder is the living God.
We urge our way with strength renewed;
L. M. WATTS.
Man's Mortality, and God's Eternity. 1 It is the Lord our Father's hand
Weakens our strength amidst the race;
Arrest us and cut short our days. 2 Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray,
Nor let our sun go down at noon;
And must thy children die so soon? 3 Yet in the midst of death and grief,
This thought our sorrow shall assuage :
God is the same through every age.'
This earth grows old, these heavens shall fade,
And all be changed at his command. 5 The starry curtains of the sky,
Like garments, shall be laid aside ;
Thy church forever must abide.
And on thy throne thy children reign;
64. L. M. Watts.
Living and Dying with God present. 1 I CANNOT bear thine absence, Lord;
My life expires if thou depart :
And thou, my God, be near my heart. 2 I was not born for earth or sin,
Nor can I live on things so vile ;
And hope and wait for heaven a while. 3 Then, dearest Lord, in thine embrace
Let me resign my fleeting breath;
65. L. M. 61. Bp. HEBER.
Unspeakable Glories of Heaven. 1 I PRAISED the earth, in beauty seen
With garlands gay of various green;
"Our beauties are but for a day!'
On wheels of amber and of gold;
Our days of light are numbered!' 3 O God! O Good beyond compare !
If thus thy meaner works are fair!
If thus thy bounties gild the span
To cheer my dying hours,
And all his frightful powers.
My quivering lips should sing,
And where the monster's sting?' 3 Now to the God of victory
Immortal thanks be paid,
Through Christ our living head.
P. M. KELLY.
· The Lord is my Helper.'
I feel distressed and fearful :
How can my soul be cheerful !
And place on him reliance,
I bid them all defiance.
With joyful hope elated :
With ardour unabated.
With all thy people yonder:
The Land of the Blest.
And death's dark shade arrives at last,
'T is glory opening to the blest. 2 Their way to heaven was pure from sin,
And Christ shall there receive them in :
Like his, divinely fair and bright.
In union holy, calm, and sweet;
Shall sorrow call them to deplore.
With spirits bright and blest as theirs ;
From suns that never more go down. 5 No storm shall ride the troubled air;
No voice of passion enter there ;
Of evening gales, that breathe, and die. 6 For there the God of mercy sheds
His purest influence on their heads,
MISCELLANEOUS AND OCCASIONAL.
The Family Altar. 1 Food, raiment, dwelling, health, and friends,
Thou, Lord, hast made our lot ; With thee our bliss begins and ends,
As we are thine, or not.
2 For these we bend the humble knee,
Our thankful spirits bow ;
Be thou our portion — THOU!
70. 8 & 7s M. C. WESLEY
For Domestic Worship. 1 PEACE be to this habitation ;
Peace to all that dwell therein;
Peace, the fruit of pardoned sin;
Peace, to worldly minds unknown;
Peace, that comes from God alone. 2 Jesus, Prince of Peace, be near us,
Fix in all our hearts thy home;
Let thy sacred kingdom come;
Give our favoured souls to prove
In the realms of bliss above.
WATTS. Pious Education of Children. - Ps. 78. 1 LET children hear the mighty deeds
Which God performed of old ; Which in our younger years we saw,
And which our fathers told. 2 He bids us make his glories known ;
His works of power and grace ;
Through every rising race.
And they again to theirs ;
May teach them to their heirs
Their hope securely stands;
But practise his commands.