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And days and hours with rapid flight Sweep cares and pleasures out of sight? 3. Arise, my thonghts ! my heart arise! Leave this vain world, and seek the skies: There joys for evermore shall last,
seasons, days, and hours are past. 4. Thy mercy, Lord, to me impart:
O raise my thoughtless, wand'ring heart
Unmeasurd by the wings of time.
My thoughts, my hopes, my cares employ.
XIV. THE DANGER AND MISERY
HYMN 225. L. M. 1. MAN has a soul of vast desires ;
He burns within with restless fires.
Some solid good to fill the mind;
The inward thirst and torment still. 3. So, when a raging fever burns,
We shift from side to side by turns;
To change the place, but keep the pain, 4. Great God! subdue this vicious thirst,
This love to vanity and dust;
HYMN 226. C. M. 1. WHEN in the light of faith divine
We look on things below; Honour, and gold, and sensual joy,
How vain and dangʻrous too! 2. Honour's a puff of noisy breath:
Yet men expose their blood, And venture everlasting death,
To gain that airy good, 3. Whilst others starve the nobler mind,
And feed on shining dust, They sacrifice eternal bliss
To mean and sordid lust. 4. The pleasures, which allure our sense,
Are dang’rous snares to souls: There's but a drop of flatt’ring sweet,
And dash'd with bitter bowls. 5. God is my all-sufficient good,
My portion and my choice;
HYMN 227. C. M.
'Tis mercy speaks to-day ;
From sin's destructive way.
You live devoid of peace;
Deprive your souls of ease.
Why will you persevere?
Shi up in black despair ?
Renouncing ev'ry sin ;
And learn his will divine.
HYMN 228. L. M. 1. WHY will ye lavish out your years,
Amidst a thousand trifting cares ? While, in the various range of thought,
The one thing needful is forgot.
And famish an immortal mind;
To see you spurn a heav'nly crown? 3. Th' eternal God calls from above,
And Jesus pleads his dying love;
And shall they join their pleas in vain ? 4. Not so your dying eyes shall view
Those objects, which ye now pursue.
When the decisive hour is near.
To fix conviction on the heart.
HYMN 229. c. M. 1. How long shall dreams of creature-bliss.
Our flatt'ring hopes employ, And mock our fond deluded eyes
With visionary joy?
And from his word withdraw,
And wander from his law ! 3. O thou eternal'spring of good,
Whence living waters flow! Let not our thirsty erring souls
To broken cisterns go.
Are sinners borne away ;
The portion of a day.
HYMN 230. c. M. 1.
shall against the Lord prevail ?
Or who presume to say, “ That righteous law, which God proclaims,
“ I dare to disobey ?” 2. Ten thousand actions ev'ry where
The impious language speak: Yet pow'r omnipotent stands by,
Nor do its thunders break.
When God's avenging hand
Or God's uwn word shall stand.
Before the voice divine;
To his commanı resign.
Their tongues and thoughts are free:
HYMN 231. L. M. 1. A RISE, my tend’rest
thoughts, arise ; To torrents melt my streaming eyes 3 And thou, my heart, with anguish feel
Those evils which thou canst not heal. 2. See human nature sunk in shame;
See scandals pour'd on Jesus' name;
The world abus'd, the soul undone. 3. My God! I feel the mournful scene;
My bowels yearn o’er dying men ;
And snatch the firebrands from the flame, 4. But feeble my compassion proves,
And can but weep, where most it loves.
HYMN 232. C. M. 1. INDULGENT God! witlı pitying eye
The sons of men survey.
In sin's destructive way!
To bear them to the tomb: Each passing hour may place them where
Repentance cannot come. 3. Reclaim, O Lord ! their wand'ring minds,
Amus'd by airy dreams;
Their visionary schemes.
Their dang'rous state to see ;
HYMN 233. S, M. Evil effects of neglected education. 1. BEHOLD, O Israel's God!
From thine exalted throne,
Thou call'st to be thy own. 2. The children of thy flock,
By early cov’nant thine,
On ev'ry idol's shrine ! 3. To indolence and pride
What piteous victims made !
And by their love betray’d. 4. By pleasure's polish'd dart
What numbers here are slain !
In Mame on's golden chain ! 5. O let thine arm awake
And dash the Idols down :