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Yearly in our course returning,
Messengers of shortest stay,
Heaven and earth shall pass away.
On the tree of life eternal,
Oh let all our hopes be laid ! This alone, for ever vernal,
Bears a leaf that shall not fade.
Many sounds were sweet, Most ravishing, and pleasant to the ear; But sweeter none than voice of faithful friend, Sweet always, sweetest heard in loudest
storm. Some I remember, and will ne'er forget, My early friends, friends of my evil day; Friends in my mirth, friends in my misery
Friends given by God in mercy and in love.
earth With all her tardy leaden-footed cares, And talked the speech, and ate the food of
True happiness had no localities,
LORD, when we bend before thy throne,
And our confessions pour, Teach us to feel the sins we own,
And shun what we deplore.
Our contrite spirits pitying see,
And penitence impart;
Beam hope upon the heart.
When our responsive tongues essay
Their grateful songs to raise ;
And rise to thee in praise.
When we disclose our wants in prayer,
May we our wills resign;
Which is not wholly thine.
Let faith each meek petition fill,
And waft it to the skies; And teach our hearts 'tis goodness still
That grants it or denies.
Such fears may prove but vain :
We part, to meet again!
E'en the last parting earth can know,
To souls that heavenward soar.
May meet-to part no more!