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4 There like the nightingale she pours

Her solitary lays;
Nor asks a witness of her song,

Nor thirsts for human praise. 5 Author and guardian of my life,

Sweet source of light divine ;
And, all harmonious names in one,

My Saviour, thou art mine. 6 What thanks I owe thee, and what love !

A boundless, endless store
Shall echo through the realms above,

When time shall be no more.

HYMN 210.

Secret devotion.

1 FATHER divine, thy piercing eye

Strikes through the shades of night; In deep retirement thou art nigh,

With heart-discerning sight.
2 There may that piercing eye survey

My duteous homage paid,
With every morning's dawning ray,

And every evening's shade. 3 O let thine own celestial fire

The incense still inflame,
While my warm vows to thee aspire,

Through my Redeemer's name! 4 So shall the visits of thy love

My soul in secret bless;
So shalt thou deign in worlds above

Thy suppliant to confess.

HYMN 211.

Pray without ceasing." 1 PRAYER was appointed to convey

The blessings God designs to give:
Long as they live should christians pray,

For only while they pray they live. 2 And shall we in dead silence lie,

When Christ stands waiting for our prayer? My soul, thou hast a friend on high;

Arise, and try thy interest there.
3 If pain afflict, or wrongs oppress ;

If cares distract, or fears dismay;
If guilt deject; if sin distress;

The remedy's before thee, pray.
4 Depend on Christ, thou canst not fail;

Make all thy wants and wishes known;
Fear not; his merits must prevail ;
Ask what thou wilt, it shall be done.

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HYMN 212.

The throne of grace.
BEHOLD the throne of grace!

The promise calls me near;
There Jesus shows a smiling face,

And waits to answer prayer.
That rich atoning blood,

Which sprinkled round I see,
Provides for those who come to God

An all-prevailing plea.
Beyond our utmost wants

His love and power can bless;
To praying souls he always grants

More than they can express.

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4 Thine image, Lord, bestow,

Thy presence and thy love;
I ask to serve thee here below,

And reign with thee above. 5 Teach me to live by faith,

Conform my will to thine ;
Let me victorious be in death,
And then in glory shine.

HYMN 213.

Prayer. 1 PRAYER is the soul's sincere desire,

Utter'd or unexpress d;
The motion of a hidden fire,

That trembles in the breast. 2 Prayer is the simplest form of speech

That infant lips can try;
Prayer the sublimest strains that reach

The Majesty on high.
3 Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice,

Returning from his ways,
While angels in their songs rejoice,

“ Behold he prays!”
4 The saints in prayer appear as one,

In word, and deed, and mind;
While with the Father, and the Son,

Sweet fellowship they find.
5 O thou, by whom we come to God,

The life, the truth, the way,
The path of prayer thyself hast trod,
Lord, teach us how to pray.

HYMN 214.

Confidence in the Saviour.. 1 BESET with snares on every hand,

In life's uncertain path I stand;

And say,

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Saviour divine, diffuse thy light,
To guide my doubtful footsteps right.
Engage this roving, treacherous heart,
Through life to choose the better part;
To scorn the trifles of a day,
For joys that none can

take

away.
Then let the wildest storms arise,
Let tempests mingle earth and skies,
No fatal shipwreck shall I fear,
But all my treasures with me bear.
If thou, my Saviour, still art nigh,
Cheerful I 'live, and joyful die ;
Secure, when mortal comforts flee,
To find ten thousand worlds in thee,

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HYMN 215.

The pilgrim's prayer.
GUIDE me,

thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand :

Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain,

Whence the healing streams do flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:

Strong deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield.
When I tread the verge of Jordan,

Bid my anxious fears subside;
Bear me through the swelling current,
Land me safe on Canaan's side :

Songs of praises
I will ever give to thee.

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HYMN 216. Christ the Captain and Guide of his people. 1 CAPTAIN of Israel's host, and guide

Of all who seek the land above,
Beneath thy shadow we abide,

The cloud of thy protecting love;
Our strength thy grace, our rule thy word,

Our end the glory of the Lord. 2 By thy unerring Spirit led,

We shall not in the desert stray;
We shall not full direction need,

Nor miss our providential way;
As far from danger as from fear,
While love, almighty love, is near.

HYMN 217.

The Christian Israel. 1 THUS far on life's perplexing path,

Thus far, thou, Lord, our steps hast led; Snatch'd from the world's pursuing wrath,

Unharm'd though floods hung o'er our head ; Like ransom'd Israel on the shore.

Here then we pause, look back, adore. 2 Strangers and pilgrims here below,

Like all our fathers in their day, We to the land of promise go,

Lord, by thine own appointed way ; Still guide, illumine, cheer our flight,

In cloud by day, in fire by night. 3 When we have number'd all our years,

And stand at length on Jordan's brink,
Though the flesh fail with mortal fears,

O let not then the spirit sink;
But strong in faith, and hope, and love,
Plunge through the stream, to rise above !

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