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Did once Thy tender, earnest eyes,
Look down the solemn centuries,

And see the smallness of our lives. 2. Souls struggling for the victory,

And martyrs finding death was gain ;
Souls turning from the Truth and Thee,

And falling deep in sin and pain :
Great heights and depths were surely seen,
But oh! the dreary waste between-

Small lives, not base, perhaps, but mean ; 3. Their selfish efforts for the right,

Or cowardice that keeps from sin-
Content to only see the height

That nobler souls will toil to win !
Oh, shame to think Thine eyes should see
The souls contented just to be-

The lives too small to take in Thee !
4. Lord, let this thought awake our shame,

That blessèd shame that stings to life,
Rouse us to live for Thy dear name-

Arm us with courage for the strife.
O Christ'! be patient with us still ;
Dear Christ! remember Calvary's hill
Our little lives with purpose fill !

Margaret Deland.


Show me Thy way.

1. DARK the night, the snow is falling ;

Through the storm are voices calling,
Guides mistaken and misleading,
Far from home and help receding :

Vain is all those voices say !

Show me Thy way!

2. Blind am I, as those who guide me ;

Let me feel Thee close beside me!
Come as light into my being !
Unto me be eyes, All-Seeing !
Hear my heart's one wish, I pray !-

Show me Thy way!

3. Thou must lead me and none other,

Truest Lover, Friend, and Brother,
Thou art my soul's shelter, whether
Stars gleam out, or tempests gather,
In Thy presence night is day:
Show me Thy way!

Lucy Larcom.



Teach me Thy way.
1. TEACH me, O Lord, Thy holy way,

And give me an obedient mind,
That in Thy service I may

My souls delight from day to day.

2. Help me, O Saviour, here to trace

The sacred footsteps Thou hast trod,

And meekly walking with my God,
To grow in goodness, truth, and grace.

3. Guard me, O Lord, that I may ne'er

Forsake the right, or do the wrong ;

Against temptation make me strong,
And round me spread Thy sheltering care.

4. Bless me, O Saviour, in each task

Begun, continued, done for Thee ;

Fulfil Thy perfect work in me;
What less—what greater-dare I ask?

W. T. Matson.


Our Pattern.



LORD, as to Thy dear Cross we flee,

And plead to be forgiven,
So let Thy life our pattern be,

And form our souls for heaven.

2. Help us, through good report and ill,

Our daily cross to bear,
Like Thee, to do our Father's will,

Our brethren's grief to share.

3. Let grace our selfishness expel,

Our earthliness refine,
And kindness in our bosoms dwell,

As free and true as Thine.

4. If joy shall at Thy bidding fly,

And grief's dark day come on,
We in our turn would meekly cry :

Father, Thy will be done!

5. Should friends nisjudge, or foes defame,

Or brethren faithless prove,
Then, like Thine own, be all our aim,

To conquer them by love.

6. Kept peaceful in the midst of strife,

Forgiving and forgiven,
O may we lead the pilgrim's life,
And follow Thee to heaven!

J. H. Gurney.


Follow Me.



ESUS calls us o'er the tumult

Of our life's wild restless sea ;
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,

Saying, “ Christian, follow Me."

2. As of old disciples heard it

By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
·Leaving all for His dear sake.

3. Jesus calls us from the worship

Of the vain world's golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,

Sayirs, " Christian, love Me'more."

4. In our joys and in our sorrows,

Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures,

“ Christian, love Me more than these."

5. Jesus calls us ! by His mercies,

May we hear our Saviour's call ;
Give our hearts to His obedience,

Serve and love Him best of all.

Cecil Francés Alexander.


Watch and Pray. 1. CHRISTIAN ! seek not yet repose,

Hear thy loving Master say;
Thou art in the midst of foes ;

“Watch and pray."
2. Gird thy heavenly armour on,

Wear it ever night and day;
Stand, till evil days be done;

“Watch and pray.”
3. Hear the victors who o'ercame ;

Still they mark each warrior's way;
All with one sweet voice exclaim,

“ Watch and pray.”
4. Hear, above all, hear thy Lord,

Him thou lovest to obey;
Hide within thy heart His word,

“Watch and pray."
5. Watch, as if on thee alone

Hung the issue of the day;
Pray, till sin be overthrown;
“Watch and pray."

Charlotte Elliot


To War.



HE Son of God goes forth to war,

A kingly crown to gain,
His blood-red banner streams afar ;

Who follows in His train ?
Who best can drink His


of woe,
Triumphant over pain,
Who patient bears His Cross below;

He follows in His train.

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