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2 True zeal is merciful and mild,

Can pity and forbear ;
The false is headstrong, fierce, and wild,

And breathes revenge and war. 3 While zeal for truth the Christian warms,

He knows the worth of peace;
But self contends for names and forms,

Its party to increase.
4 Self may its poor reward obtain,

And be applauded here ;
But zeal the best applause will gain

When Jesus shall appear.

447

S. M.

C. WESLEY.
Watching, Prayer, and Perseverance.
1 A CHARGE to keep I have,

A God to glorify;
A never-dying soul to save,

And fit it for the sky;
To serve the present age,

My calling to fulfil;
O, may it all my powers engage,

To do my Master's will!
2 Arm me with jealous care,

As in thy sight to live;
And, O, thy servant, Lord, prepare

The strict account to give ;
Help me to watch and pray,

And on thyself rely,
Assured, if I my trust betray,

I shall forsaken die.

448

L. M.

EXETER COL. Steadfastness and Watchfulness implored. 1 GREAT God, my Father and my Friend,

On whom I cast my constant care, On whom for all things I depend,

To thee I raise my humble prayer. 2 Endue me with a holy fear;

The frailty of my heart reveal; Sin and its snares are always near;

Thee may I always nearer feel. 3 O that to thee my constant mind

May with a steady flame aspire, Pride in its earliest motions find,

And check the rise of wrong desire ! 4 O that my watchful soul may fly

The first-perceived approach of sin, Look up to thee when danger's nigh,

And feel thy fear control within ! 5 Search, gracious God, my inmost heart;

From guilt and error set me free; Thy light, and truth, and peace, impart,

And guide me safe to heaven and thee.

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C. M.

DODDRIDGE. Christian Watchfulness. 1 AWAKE, my drowsy soul, awake,

And view the threatening scene;
Legions of foes encamp around,

And treachery lurks within.

2 Now to the work of God awake;

Behold thy Master near;
The various, arduous task pursue,

With vigor and with fear. 3 The awful register goes on;

The account will surely come;
And opening day, or closing night,

May bear me to my doom. 4 Tremendous thought! how deep it strikes !

Yet like a dream it flies,
Till God's own voice the slumbers chase

From these deluded eyes.

450

S. M.

DODDRIDGE.

The active Christian.

1 YE servants of the Lord,

Each in his office wait,
Observant of his heavenly word,

And watchful at his gate.
2 Let all your lamps be bright,

And trim the golden flame;
Gird up your loins, as in his sight,

For awful is his name.
3 Watch, —’tis your Lord's command ;

And while we speak, he's near ;
Mark the first signal of his hand,

And ready all appear.
4 O, happy servant he

In such a posture found !
He shall his Lord with rapture see,

And be with honor crowned.

451

L. M.

Mrs. BARBAULD. Vigilance amidst Temptations. 1 AWAKE, my soul; lift up thine eyes;

See where thy foes against thee rise,
In long array, a numerous host;

Awake, my soul, or thou art lost.
2 Thou tread'st upon enchanted ground;

Perils and snares beset thee round;
Beware of all; guard every part,

But most the traitor in thy heart.
3 Come, then, my soul, now learn to wield

The weight of thine immortal shield;
Put on the armor, from above,

Of heavenly truth and heavenly love. 4 The terror and the charm repel,

And powers of earth, and powers of hell;
The Man of Calvary triumphed here;
Why should his faithful followers fear?

452

L. M.

MRS. STEELE. The Christian's Resolution. 1 AH, wretched souls, who strive in vain,

Slaves to the world, and slaves to sin ! A nobler toil may I sustain,

A nobler satisfaction win. 2 May I resolve with all my heart,

With all my powers, to serve the Lord, Nor from his precepts e'er depart,

Whose service is a rich reward.

3 O, be his service all my joy;

Around let my example shine,
Till others love the blest employ,

And join in labors so divine. 4 Be this the purpose of my soul,

My solemn, my determined choice, To yield to his supreme control,

And in his kind commands rejoice. 5 0, may I never faint nor tire,

Nor, wandering, leave his sacred ways; Great God, accept my soul's desire,

And give me strength to live thy praise.

453
L. M.

DODDRIDGE. The Light of good Examples. 1 GREAT Teacher of thy church, we own

Thy precepts all divinely wise:
O, may thy mighty power be shown

To fix them still before our eyes. 2 Deep on our hearts thy law engrave,

And fill our breasts with heavenly zeal, That, while we trust thy power to save,

We may that sacred law fulfil. 3 Adorned with every heavenly grace,

May our examples brightly shine, And the sweet lustre of thy face

Reflected beam from each of thine. 4 These lineaments, divinely fair,

Our heavenly Father shall proclaim ; And men, that view his image there,

Shall join to glorify his name.

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