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DESIRE OF KNOWLEDGE.
Thy mercies fill the earth, O LORD!
How good thy works appear ! Open our eyes to read thy word, And see thy wonders there.
Our service is thy due ;
The duties they must do.
Since we are strangers here below,
Let not our path be hid,
And heav'nly truth impart,
v And when we've learnt our father's will,
We'll teach the world his ways: Our thankful lips, inspir'd with zeal,
Shall loud pronounce his praise.
THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
Blest are the undefil'd in heart,
Whose ways are right and clean ;
And practise thy commands:
How firm do they abide !
And we be kept from shame,
And honour thy great name.
THE CHRISTIAN HAPPY IN DEATH.
For all the pious dead !
How kind their slumbers are !
And freed from ev'ry snare.
Far from this world of toil and strife,
They ’re safe in thee, O LORD ! The labours of their mortal life
Close in a large reward.
Yet a few years, or days, perhaps,
Great God! how awful is the scene !
Yet, dumb with wonder, I behold
THE WAY AND END OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
Are order'd by thy will;
Thy hand supports them still.
To see their ways, is thy delight; • Their virtues thou approv'st : Thou ’lt ne'er deprive them of thy light,
Nor leave the men thou lov'st.
The heav'nly heritage is theirs,
Their portion and their home :
His sev'ral steps attend;
And peaceful is his end.