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RETURN TO ME.
“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins; retnrn unto me for I have redeemed thee.”—Isa. xliv. 22.
By nature prone to go astray,
Though stained with sin, my robe defiled,
Alas ! this weak and fleshly heart
“Oh seek not here to build a nest,
“I love thee still, behold thy name, Graved on my hands, in love I came, To rescue thee from guilt and shame, * Return, return to me.'”
“Rest in my deep unchanging love, Dwell near my side, nor seek to rove, So shalt thou reach thy home above, Ever to dwell with me."
DOUBTS AND FEARS
For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light." Psalm xxxvi. 9.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds ;
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Cor. x. 4, 5.
CHILD of earth, with earnest gaze,
Though thy hopes be faint and dim, Boldly cast thyself on Him. If the sovereign Lord of all, Mark the sparrows when they fall, Hear the ravens when they cry, Rule their humble destiny; Shall He leave without a guide, Man to drift o'er life's rough tide, Cast him helpless on the sea Of a vast eternity? Can a mortal give thee peace, Bid thy fears, thy doubtings cease, Clear the path that seems to thee Lost in dim uncertainy? Who but He that formed the soul Can its noble powers control ? Break the heavy chains that press thee, Quell the doubts that sore distress thee? At the fountain-head of light, Seek to clear thy shrouded sight.
As the first faint streak of dawn
“He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him."-Isa. liii. 2.
How oft does the conquering hero's praise,