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4. Yet mighty God! our fleeting days
Thy lasting favours share,
And with the bounties of thy grace,
Thou load'st the rolling year.
Hymn 402. L. M.
A lovely youth falling short of Heaven. Mark. x. 21. UST all the charms of nature then,
M to salvation prove?
Can hell demand, can heav'n condemn
The man whom Jesus deigns to love!—
2. The man who sought the ways of truth,
Paid friends and neighbours all their due;
A modest, sober, lovely youth,
Who thought he wanted nothing now.
3. But mark the change, thus spake the Lord: "Come part with earth for heav'n to-day!" The youth astonish'd at the word, In silent sadness went his way.
4. Poor virtues, tho' he boasted so-
This test unable to endure,
Let Christ, and grace, and glory go,
To make his land and money sure.
5. Ah foolish choice of treasures here!
Ah fatal love of tempting gold!
Must this base world be bought so dear?
And life and heav'n so cheaply sold?
6. In vain the charms of nature shine,
If this vile passion governs me;
Transform my soul, love divine!
And make me part with all for thee,
Hymn 403. c. M.
HEN blooming youth is snatch'd away
By death's resistless hand,
Our hearts the mournful tribute pay,
Which pity must demand.
2. While pity prompts the rising sigh,
O may this truth imprest
With awful pow'r-I too must die,—.
Sink deep in ev'ry breast.
3. Let this vain world engage no more:
Behold the gaping tomb!.
It bids us seize the present hour;
To-morrow death may come.
4. The voice of this alarming scene
May ev'ry heart obey:
Nor be the heav'nly warning vain,
Which calls to watch, and pray.
5. Oh let us fly! to Jesus fly,
Whose powerful arm can save;
Then shall our hopes ascend on high,
And triumph o'er the grave.
6. Great God, thy sov'reign grace impart,
With cleansing, healing power;
This only can prepare the heart
For death's surprising hour,
Hymn 404. L. M.
Help obtained of God, Acts. xxvi. 22. YREAT God, we sing that mighty hand, By which supported still we stand: The op'ning year thy mercy shows :' Let mercy crown it 'till it close. 2. By day, at night, at home, abroad, Still we are guarded by our God;
By his incessant bounty fed,
By his unerring counsel led.
3. With grateful hearts the past we own ;
The future, all to us unknown,
We to thy guardian care commit,
And peaceful leave before thy feet.
4. In scenes exalted or depress'd,
Be thou our joy, and thou our rest;
Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,
Ador'd thro' all our changing days.
5. When death shall interrupt these songs,
And seal in silence mortal tongues,
Our helper-God, in whom we trust,
In better worlds our souls shall boast.
Hymn 405. P. M.
1. THE Lord of earth and sky.
The God of ages praise !
Who reigns enthron'd on high
Ancient of endless days;
Who lengthens out our trials here,
And spares us yet another year.
2. Barren and wither'd trees,
We cumber'd long the ground!
No fruit of holiness
On our dead souls was found;
Yet doth he us in mercy spare,
Another, and another year.
3. When Justice drew the sword,
To cut the fig-tree down;
The pity of our Lord,
Cry'd, "Let it still alone!"
The Father mild inclines his eary.
And spares us yet another year..
4, Jesus, thy speaking blood,
From God obtain'd the grace;
Who therefore hath bestow'd
On us a longer space;
Thou didst in our behalf appear,
And lo! we see another year.
5. Then dig about our root,
Break up our fallow ground,
And let our gracious fruit
To thy great praise abound;
O let us all thy praise declare,
And fruit unto perfection bear.
Hymn 406. P. M.
OME let us anew, our journey pursue,
Roll round with the year,
And never stand still till the Master appear!
His adorable will let us gladly fulfil,
And our talents improve
By the patience of hope, and the labour of love. 2. Our life as a dream, our time as a stream Glides swiftly away,
And the fugitive moment refuses to stay:
The arrow is flown, the moment is gone;
The millennial year
Rushes on to our view, and eternity's here.
3. O that each in the day of his coming may say, "I have fought my way through,
I have finish'd the work thou did'st give me to do!" O that each from his Lord, may receive the glad word,
"Well and faithfully done!
"Enter into my joy, and sit down on my throne."
Hymn 407. c. M.
ING to the great Jehovah's praise !
All praise to him belongs :
Who kindly lengthens out our days,
Demands our choicest songs:
His providence has brought us through
Another various year ;
We all with vows and anthems new
Before our God appear.
2. Father, thy mercies past we own,
Thy still continu'd care;
To thee presenting thro' thy Son,
Whate'er we have or are:
Our lips and lives shall gladly show
The wonders of thy love,
While on in Jesu's steps we go,
To seek thy face above.
3. Our residue of days or hours, Thine, wholly thine shall be ; And all our consecrated pow'rs
A sacrifice to thee;
'Till Jesus in the clouds appear
To saints on earth forgiv❜n,
And bring the grand sabbatic year,
The jubilee of heav'n.
Hymn 408. c. M.
now, my soul, another year
I cannot long continue here,
may be my last,
2. Now a new scene of time begins,,
Set out afresh for heav'n;
Seek pardon, for thy daily sins,
In Christ so freely giv❜n.
Hymn 409. c. M.
ever bounteous Lord;';
My soul wake all thy powers: