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But where the Lord of
power Has bless'd the happy field, How plenteous is the golden store
The deep wrought furrows yield !
Of thy preparing grace;
Provide a fruitful place.
THE HOUSE OF PRAYER.
Mark xi. 17.
Thy mansion is the Christian's heart,
O Lord, thy dwelling-place secure! Bid the unruly throng depart,
And leave the consecrated door. Devoted as it is to thee,
A thievish swarm frequents the place; They steal away my joys from me,
And rob my Saviour of his praise. There, too, a sharp designing trade
Sin, Satan, and the world maintain ; Nor cease to press me, and persuade
To part with ease, and purchase pain. . I know them, and I hate their din,
Am weary of the bustling crowd ; But while their voice is heard within,
I cannot serve thee as I would.
Oh! for the joy thy presence gives,
What peace shall reign when thou art here ! Thy presence makes this den of thieves
A calm delightful house of prayer. And if thou make thy temple shine,
Yet, self-abased, will I adore; The gold and silver are not mine,
I give thee what was thine before.
LOVEST THOU ME?
John xxi. 16.
HARK, my soul! it is the Lord :
Say, poor sinner, lovest thou me?
- Thou shalt see my glory soon,
love is weak and faint :
Phil. iv. ll.
Fierce passions discompose the mind,
As tempests vex the sea : But calm content and peace we find,
When, Lord, we turn to thee.
We try to bend the will;
Can learn the heavenly skill.
His gracious words to hear, Contented with my present state,
I cast on him my care. “ Art thou a sinner, soul ?” he said,
“ Then how canst thou complain? How light thy troubles here, if weigh'd
With everlasting pain !
“ If thou of murmuring wouldst be cured,
Compare thy griefs with mine; Think what my love for thee endured,
And thou wilt not repine. “ 'Tis I appoint thy daily lot,
And I do all things well; Thou soon shalt leave this wretched spot,
And rise with me to dwell. “ In life my grace shall strength supply,
Proportion'd to thy day;
To wipe thy tears away.”
In vain repinings spent,
Have learnt to be content.
OLD TESTAMENT GOSPEL.
Heb. iv, 2.
ISRAEL, in ancient days,
Not only had a view
But learn'd the Gospel too;
* Exod. xii. 13.
Seen with enlighten'd eyes,
And once applied with power,
His perfect innocence,*
Should be the soul's defence;
The people's trespass bore,
Was to be seen no more :
The living bird went free; 1
Express'd the sinner's plea ;
Throughout the sacred page,
The same in every age!
To clearer light vouchsafed to me! * Lev, xii. 6. + Lev. xvi. 21. # Lev. xiv. 51-53.