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It is the Lord-should I distrust
Or contradict his will ?
And must be righteous stili.
My wealth, my friends, my ease;
Whatever part he please.
Beneath the heaviest load;
Can from afflictions raise
With ever-growing praise.
Thrice blessed be his name!
Must ever be the same.
Should nature's self expire;
In awful flames of fire.
Be sullen, or repine ?
To thee I all resign,
98. The Christian Warfare.
Eph. vi. 13—17.
My captain sounds th' alarm of war;
66 Awake, the pow’rs of hell are near! 66 To arms! to arms!” I hear him cry, “ 'Tis your's to conquer or to die.” Rous’d by the animating sound, I cast my eager eyes around; Make haste to gird my armour on, And bid each trembling fear begone. Hope is my helmet, faith my shield,
Thy word, my God, the sword I wield;
99. The Ministry of Angels.
In shining ranks at thy right hand,
Inmortal fires! seraphic flames!
Hither, at his command they fly
100. Troubled, but making God a
EAR refuge of my weary soul,
On thee, when sorrows rise,
My fainting hope relies.
For thou alone canst heal;
For ev'ry pain I feel.
I fear to call thee mine;
And all my hopes decline.
Thou art my only trust;
Though prostrate in the dust.
Here let my soul retreat;
And wait beneath thy feet.
101. Solicitous of finishing his Course
with Joy. Acts xx. 24.
ASSIST us, Lord, thy name to praise
For the rich gospel of thy grace; And, that our hearts
love it more, Teach them to feel its vital pow'r. With joy may we our course pursue, And keep the crown of life in view; That crown, which in one hour repays The labour of ten thousand days. Should bonds or death obstruct our way, Unmov'd, their terrors we'll survey; And the last hour improve for thee The last of life, or liberty. Welcome those bonds which
unite Our souls to their supreme delight! Welcome that dcath whose painful strife Bears us to Christ our better life! 102. The Excellency of Public
E'en on earth, thy temples are;