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HYMN 205.

Isaiah xl. 6-8.

1 THE morning flow'rs display their sweets,
And gay their silken leaves unfold;
As careless of the noon-day heats,
And fearless of the ev'ning cold.

2 Nipp'd by the wind's unkindly blast,
Parch'd by the sun's more fervent ray,
The momentary glories waste,

The short-liv'd beauties die away.

3 So blooms the human face divine,
When youth its pride of beauty shows;
Fairer than spring the colours shine,
And sweeter than the op'ning rose.
4 But, worn by slowly rolling years,
Or broke by sickness in a day,
The fading glory disappears,

The short-liv'd beauties die away.

5 Yet these, new rising from the tomb, With lustre brighter far shall shine; Revive with ever-during bloom,

Safe from diseases and decline.

6 Let sickness blast, and death devour,
If heav'n shall recompense our pains;
Perish the grass, and fade the flow'r,
If firm the word of God remains.

HYMN 206.

Isaiah xl. 27-31.

1 WHY mournest thou, my anxious soul, Despairing of relief,

As if the Lord o'erlook'd thy cares,

Or pitied not thy grief?

2 Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard, That firm remains on high,

The everlasting throne of Him

Who made the earth and sky?

3 Art thou afraid his pow'r will fail
In sorrow's evil day?

Can the Creator's mighty arm
Grow weary or decay?

4 Supreme in wisdom as in pow'r
The rock of ages stands;

Thou canst not search his mind, nor trace
The working of his hands.

(L. M.)

(C. M.)

5 He gives the conquest to the weak,
Supports the fainting heart;
And courage in the evil hour
His heav'nly aids impart.

6 Mere human energy shall faint,
And youthful vigour cease;
But those who wait upon the Lord
In strength shall still increase.

7 They, with unwearied step, shall tread
The path of life divine;

With growing ardour onward move,
With growing brightness shine.

8 On eagles' wings they mount, they soar
On wings of faith and love;
Till, past the sphere of earth and sin,
They rise to heav'n above.

HYMN 207.

Isaiah lvii. 15.

1 THUS speaks the High and Lofty One;
My throne is fix'd on high;
There, through eternity, I hear
The praises of the sky:

2 Yet, looking down, I visit oft

The humble, hallow'd cell; And, with the penitent who mourn, 'Tis my delight to dwell.

3 My presence heals the wounded heart,
The sad in spirit cheers,

My presence, from the bed of dust,
The contrite sinner rears.

4 I dwell with all my humble saints
While they on earth remain;
And they, exalted, dwell with me,
With me for ever reign.

HYMN 208.

Habakkuk iii. 17-19.

1 ALTHOUGH the vine its fruit deny,

The budding fig-tree droop and die,

No oil the olive yield;

Yet will I trust me in my God,
Yea, bend rejoicing to his rod,
And by his grace be heal'd.

2 Though fields, in verdure once array'd,
By whirlwinds desolate be laid,

Or parch'd by scorching beam;

(C. M.)

(IL 2

14

Still in the Lord shall be my trust,
My joy; for, though his frown is just,
His mercy is supreme.

3 Though from the fold the flock decay,
Though herds lie famish'd o'er the lea,
And round the empty stall;

My soul above the wreck shall rise,
Its better joys are in the skies;
There God is all in all.

4 In God my strength, howe'er distrest,
I yet will hope, and calmly rest,
Nay, triumph in his love;
My ling'ring soul, my tardy feet,
Free as the hind he makes and fleet,
To speed my course above.

HYMN 209.

St. John xiv. 6.

1 THOU art the way, to thee alone
From sin and death we flee;
And he who would the Father seek,
Must seek him, Lord, by thee.

2 Thou art the truth, thy word alone
True wisdom can impart;

Thou only canst inform the mind
And purify the heart.

3 Thou art the life, the rending tomb
Proclaims thy conqu❜ring arm,
And those who put their trust in thee
Nor death nor hell shall harm.

4 Thou art the way, the truth, the life;
Grant us that way to know,
That truth to keep, that life to win,
Whose joys eternal flow.

HYMN 210.
Philippians ii. 12, 13.

1 HEIRS of unending life,
While yet we sojourn here,
O let us our salvation work
With trembling and with fear,

2 God will support our hearts
With might before unknown;
The work to be perform'd is ours,
The strength is all his own.

(a. M.)

(S. M.)

3 "Tis he that works to will,
'Tis he that works to do;

His is the pow'r by which we act,
His be the glory too!

HYMN 211.

Ephesians v. 14—17.

1 SINNER! rouse thee from thy sleep,
Wake, and o'er thy folly weep;
Raise thy spirit dark and dead,
Jesus waits his light to shed.

2 Wake from sleep, arise from death,
See the bright and living path:
Watchful tread that path; be wise,
Leave thy folly, seek the skies.

3 Leave thy folly, cease from crime,
From this hour redeem thy time;
Life secure without delay,
Evil is the mortal day.

4 Be not blind and foolish still,
Call'd of Jesus, learn his will:
Jesus calls from death and night,
Jesus waits to shed his light.

HYMN 212.

Hebrews xii. 1, 2.

1 LO! what a cloud of witnesses

Encompass us around;

Men once like us with suff'ring tried,
But now with glory crown'd.

2 Let us, with zeal like theirs inspir'd,
Strive in the Christian race;
And, freed from ev'ry weight of sin,
Their holy footsteps trace.

3 Behold a witness nobler still,
Who trod affliction's path,
Jesus, the author, finisher,
Rewarder of our faith:

4 He, for the joy before him set,
And mov❜d by pitying love,
Endur'd the cross, despis'd the shame,
And now he reigns above.

5 Thither, forgetting things behind,
Press we, to God's right hand!
There, with the Saviour and his saints
Triumphantly to stand.

(III. 1.)

(C. M.)

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N. B. The metre marks, affixed to the preceding Hymns, have reference to a division of the metres, founded on the nature of the verse, into four classes, marked-L, II., IIL. IV.

Css I. includes common, long, and short metres, marked-C. M., L. M., S. M.
Class II. includes the other Iambick metres, eight in number, marked-II. 1., II. 2., IL 3.,
II. 4., &c., which may be uamed; Two, one; Two, two; Two, three; &c.
Class III. includes the Trochaick metres, being five in number, marked-III. 1., III. 2.,
III. 3., &c. which may be named; Three, one; Three, two; &c.

Class IV. includes the metres consisting chiefly of triplets, being five in number, marked-IV. 1., IV. 2., IV. 3., &c. and may be named; Four, one; Four, two; &c.

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