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L. M.

J. Scott.

Meekness

1 HAPPY the meek, whose gentle breast,

Clear as the summer's evening ray, Calm as the regions of the blest,

Enjoys on earth celestial day. 2 His heart no broken friendships sting;

No storms his peaceful tent invade; He rests beneath the Almighty's wing,

Hostile to none, of none afraid. 3 Spirit of grace, all meek and mild,

Inspire our breasts, our souls possess ; Repel each passion rude and wild,

And bless us, as we aim to bless.

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KEBLE.

The Pure in Heart.

1 BLEST are the pure in heart,

For they shall see our God;
The secret of the Lord is theirs ;

Their soul is Christ's abode.

2 Still to the lowly soul

He doth himself impart;
And for his cradle and his throne,

Chooseth the pure in heart.

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RIPPON'S COL. Patience. 1 PATIENCE, O, what a grace divine,

Sent from the God of power and love,
Submissive to its Father's hand,

As through the wilds of life we rove! 2 By patience we serenely bear

The troubles of our mortal state,
And wait contented our discharge,

Nor think our glory comes too late. 3 O for this grace, to aid us on,

And arm with fortitude the breast,
Till, life's tumultuous voyage o'er,

We reach the shore of endless rest!

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C. M.

Watts. Holy Fortitude. 1 AM I a soldier of the cross,

A follower of the Lamb ?
And shall I fear to own his cause,

Or blush to speak his name? 2 Must I be carried to the skies

On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,

And sailed through bloody seas? 3 Sure I must fight if I would reign;

Increase my courage, Lord;
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,

Supported by thy word.

4 Thy saints, in all this glorious war,

Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,

And seize it with their eye.

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DODDRIDGE.
Seeking first the Kingdom of God.
1 NOW let a true ambition rise,

And ardor fire our breast,
To reign in worlds above the skies,

In heavenly glories dressed. 2 Behold Jehovah's royal hand

A radiant crown display,
Whose gems with vivid lustre shine,

While stars and suns decay.
3 Ye hearts with youthful vigor warm,

The glorious prize pursue ;
Nor shall ye want the goods of earth,

While heaven is kept in view.

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WATTS. Obedience better than Sacrifice. Ps. 50. 1 THUS saith the Lord, “The spacious fields,

And flocks and herds, are mine ; O’er all the cattle of the hills

I claim a right divine.
2 " I ask no sheep for sacrifice,

Nor bullocks burnt with fire;
To hope and love, to pray and praise,

Is all that I require.

3 “Call upon me when trouble's near;

My hand shall set thee free;
Then shall thy thankful lips declare

The honor due to me.

4 "The man that offers humble praise,

He glorifies me best,
And those that tread my holy ways

Shall my salvation taste.”

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Watts.

Holiness and Grace.

1 so let our lips and lives express

The holy gospel we profess;
So let our works and virtues shine,

To prove the doctrine all divine.
2 Thus shall we best proclaim abroad

The honors of our Savior, God,
When the salvation reigns within,

And grace subdues the power of sin. 3 Our flesh and sense must be denied,

Passion and envy, lust and pride,
While justice, temperance, truth, and love,

Our inward piety approve.
4 Religion bears our spirits up,

While we expect that blessed hope,
The bright appearance of the Lord,
And faith stands leaning on his word.

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NEEDHAM.

Moderation

1 HAPPY the man, whose cautious steps

Still keep the golden mean,
Whose life, by wisdom's rules well formed,

Declares a conscience clean. 2 What blessings bounteous Heaven bestows,

He takes with thankful heart;
With temperance he both eats and drinks,

And gives the poor a part.
3 To sect or party his large soul

Disdains to be confined ;
The good he loves of every name,

And prays for all mankind.
4 His business is to keep his heart;

Each passion to control ;
Nobly ambitious well to rule

The empire of his soul.
5 Pure is his zeal, the offspring fair

Of truth and peaceful love;
The bigot's rage can never dwell

Where rests the heavenly Dove.

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J. Newton. True and false Zeal. 1 ZEAL is that pure and heavenly flame

The fire of love supplies;
While that which often bears the name
Is self in a disguise.

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