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3. O think upon me for my good,
Though little good I do ;
Thou hast been hitherto.
4. And I would live in such a course,
That men to me may say,
What is thy secret stay?"
It comes to me from heaven;
Is by Thy Spirit given.
Whom Thou hast made my stay,
T. T. Lynch.
Trust, Submission, and Obedience.
Thy sovereign will denies,
Let this petition rise :
From every murmur free :
And let me live to Thee.
My path of life attend ;
Ann Steele, 1760.
To break my dream of human power ;
I find Thy founts, and thirst no more.
Behold Thy face, and doubts remove ;
To perfect Truth and boundless Love?
The strength of Thine eternal calm ;
To join, on earth, the angels' psalm.
And drawn, through each mysterious hour,
The Spirit of Faith.
O clasp my hand in thine !
Thy comforts are divine.
But who like thee can rise
So near the holy skies?
But glorious is thy might,
To give the simple light.
4. And still to all who seek thy way
The wondrous power is given,
Their souls ascend to heaven.
If but thy strength be mine ;
Life owns no joy like thine.
Thou, if I hold thee fast,
Our souls on Thee, who dwell'st above,
From faith in Thy paternal love.
Unfailing might belongs to Thee ;
Unchangeable Thou still wilt be.
They cannot hide us from Thy sight ;
Thou every cloud canst turn to light.
In earth beneath and heaven above;
Mercy in All.
My God! I thank Thee : may no thought
E’er deem Thy chastisements severe ;
Calm each wild wish, each idle fear. 2. Thy mercy bids all nature bloom ;
The sun shines bright, and man is gay ;
That darkens o'er his little day.
Thy frail and erring child must know ;
Nor does one tear unheeded flow.
Thy purposes of love fulfil !
Patient, O Heart. 1. FATHER, to Thee we look in all our sorrow,
Thou art the fountain whence our healing
Dark though the night, joy cometh with the
Safely they rest who on Thy love repose. 2. When fond hopes fail and skies are dark before us,
When the vain cares that vex our life increase,Comes with its calm the thought that Thou art
And we grow quiet, folded in Thy peace.
3. Naught shall affright us on Thy goodness leaning,
Low in the heart faith singeth still her song ; Chastened by pain we learn life's deeper meaning,
And in our weakness Thou dost make us strong. 4. Patient, О heart, though heavy be thy sorrows !
Be not cast down, disquieted in vain ;
F. L. Hosmer.
To give or to withhold,
Than all my prayers have told.
Have marked my erring track;
Thy chastening turned me back.
Of love is understood,
Bright with eternal good ;
Which opens into light,
Beyond the Father's sight;
I look in hope or fear,
J. G. Whittier.