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So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my

So purer light shall mark the road

That leads me to the Lamb.



Gen. xxii. 14.

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The saints should never be dismay’d,

Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect his aid,

The Saviour will appear.
This Abraham found: he raised the knife;

and said, “ Forbear! Yon ram shall yield his meaner life;

Behold the victim there.”
Once David seem'd Saul's certain

But hark! the foe's at hand ; *
Saul turns his arms another way,

To save the invaded land.
When Jonah sunk beneath the wave,

He thought to rise no more ; †
But God prepared a fish to save,

And bear him to the shore.
Blest proofs of power and grace divine,

That meet us in his word !
May every deep-felt care of mine
Be trusted with the Lord.
1 Sam. xxiii. 27.

+ Jonah i. 17.

Wait for his seasonable aid,

And though it tarry, wait :
The promise may be long delay'd,

But cannot come too late.





Exod. xv. 26.

HEAL us, Emmanuel, here we are,

Waiting to feel thy touch :
Deep-wounded souls to thee repair,

And, Saviour, we are such.
Our faith is feeble, we confess,

We faintly trust thy word; But wilt thou pity us the less ?

Be that far from thee, Lord !
Remember him who once apply'd,

With trembling, for relief;
Lord, I believe,” with tears he cried, *

“Oh, help my unbelief!"
She too, who touch'd thee in the

press, And healing virtue stole, Was answer'd, “ Daughter, go in peace,t

Thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Conceal'd amid the gathering throng,

She would have shunn'd thy view;
And if her faith was firm and strong,
Had strong misgivings too.
* Mark ix. 24.

+ Mark v. 34.

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Like her, with hopes and fears we come,

To touch thee, if we may;
Oh! send us not despairing home,

Send none unheal'd away.

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Exod. xvii. 15.

By whom was David taught

To aim the deadly blow,
When he Goliah fought,

And laid the Gittite low?
Nor sword nor spear the stripling took,
But chose a pebble from the brook.
'Twas Israel's God and king

Who sent him to the fight;
Who gave him strength to sling,

And skill to aim aright.
Ye feeble saints, your strength endures,
Because young

David's God is yours.

Who order'd Gideon forth,

To storm the invaders' camp,
With arms of little worth,

A pitcher and a lamp ?*
The trumpets made his coming known,
And all the host was overthrown.

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Oh! I have seen the day,

When with a single word,
God helping me to say,

My trust is in the Lord,
My soul hath quell'd a thousand foes,
Fearless of all that could oppose.
But unbelief, self-will,

Self-righteousness, and pride,
How often do they steal

My weapon from my side!
Yet David's Lord, and Gideon's friend,
Will help his servant to the end.


Judges vi. 24.

Jesus, whose blood so freely stream'd

To satisfy the law's demand ;
By thee from guilt and wrath redeem'd,

Before the Father's face I stand.
To reconcile offending 'man,

Make Justice drop her angry rod ; What creature could have form’d the plan,

Or who fulfill it but a God?

No drop remains of all the curse,

For wretches who deserved the whole; No arrows dipt in wrath to pierce

The guilty, but returning soul.

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Peace by such means so dearly bought,

What rebel could have hoped to see? Peace, by his injured Sovereign wrought,

His Sovereign fasten’d to a tree. Now, Lord, thy feeble worm prepare !

For strife with earth and hell begins ; Confirm and gird me for the war,

They hate the soul that hates his sins. Let them in horrid league agree!

They may assault, they may distress; But cannot quench thy love to me,

Nor rob me of the Lord my peace.



Prov. viii. 22–31.

Ere God had built the mountains,

Or raised the fruitful hills ; Before he fill'd the fountains

That feed the running rills ;
In me, from everlasting,

The wonderful I am,
Found pleasures never wasting,

And Wisdom is

my name.

When, like a tent to dwell in,

He spread the skies abroad, And swathed about the swelling

Of Ocean's mighty flood;

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