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526
C. M.

WATTS. Heaven invisible and holy. 1 NOR eye hath seen, nor ear has heard,

Nor sense nor reason known, What joys the Father has prepared

For those that love the Son. 2 But the goed Spirit of the Lord

Reveals a heaven to come ; The beams of glory in his word

Allure and guide us home.
3 Pure are the joys above the sky,

And all the region peace ;
No wanton lips nor envious eye

Can see or taste the bliss.

4 Those holy gates forever bar

Pollution, sin, and shame;
None shall obtain admittance there

But followers of the Lamb.

527
C. M.

WATTS. The humble Worship of Heaven. 1 FATHER, I long, I faint to see

The place of thine abode;
I'd leave thy earthly courts, and flee

Up to thy seat, my God.
2 Here I behold thy distant face,

And 'tis a pleasant sight;
But to abide in thine embrace

Is infinite delight.

3 I'd part with all the joys of sense

To gaze upon thy throne;
Pleasure springs fresh forever thence,

Unspeakable, unknown.
4 There all the heavenly hosts are seen;

In shining ranks they move,
And drink immortal vigor in

With wonder and with love.
5 Then at thy feet, with awful fear,

The adoring armies fall;
With joy they shrink to nothing there

Before the Eternal All.

528
L. M.

WATTS. The Vanity of this world, and the Hope of a better. Ps. 17. 1 WHAT sinners value I resign;

Lord, 'tis enough that thou art mine;
I shall behold thy blissful face,

And stand complete in righteousness. 2 This life's a dream, an empty show;

But the bright world to which I go
Hath joys substantial and sincere ;

When shall I wake and find me there?
3 O glorious hour! O blest abode !
I shall be near and like

my

God!
And flesh and sin no inore control

The sacred pleasures of the soul.
4 My flesh shall slumber in the ground,

Till the last trumpet's joyful sound,
Then burst the chains with sweet surprise,
And in my Savior's image rise.

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C. M.

WATTS. Felicity above. 1 THERE'S nothing round these painted skies,

Or round this dusty clod,
Nothing, my soul, that's worth thy joys,

Or lovely as thy God.
2 'Tis heaven on earth to taste his love,

To feel his quickening grace; And all the heaven I hope above

Is but to see his face.

3 Why move my years in slow delay?

O God of ages, why?
Let the spheres cleave, and mark my way

To the superior sky.

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C. M.

DODDRIDGE. Imperishable Riches. 1 THESE mortal joys, how soon they fade!

How swift they pass away!
The dying flower reclines its head,

The beauty of a day.
2 But there are joys that cannot die,

With God laid up in store
Treasure beyond the changing sky,

Brighter than golden ore.
3 To that my rising heart aspires,

Secure to find its rest,
And glories in such wide desires

Of all their wish possessed.

4 The seeds which piety and love

Have scattered here below,
In the fair, fertile fields above,

To ample harvests grow.

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DODDRIDGE. The near Approach of Salvation. 1 AWAKE, ye saints, and raise your eyes,

And raise your voices high ;
Awake, and praise that sovereign love,

That shows salvation nigh.
2 On all the wings of time it flies;

Each moment brings it near ; Then welcome, each declining day;

Welcome, each closing year.
3 Not many years their round shall run,

Nor many mornings rise,
Ere all its glories stand revealed

To our admiring eyes.
4 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course;

Ye mortal powers, decay ;
Fast as ye bring the night of death,

Ye bring eternal day.

532
Č. M.

Watts.
The Hope of Heaven a Support under Trials.
1 WHEN I can read my title clear

To mansions in the skies,
I bid farewell to every fear,

And wipe my weeping eyes.

2 Let cares like a wild deluge come,

And storms of sorrow fall,
May I but safely reach my home,

My God, my heaven, my all, —
3 There shall I bathe my weary soul

In seas of heavenly rest,
And not a wave of trouble roll

Across my peaceful breast.

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C. M.

WATTS. The Martyrs glorified. 1 “THESE glorious minds, how bright they shine!

Whence all their white array ? How came they to the happy seats

Of everlasting day?"
2 From torturing pains to endless joys

On fiery wheels they rode,
And strangely washed their raiment white

In Jesus' dying blood.
3 Now they approach a spotless God,

And bow before his throne ;
Their warbling harps and sacred songs

Adore the Holy One.
4 Tormenting thirst shall leave their souls,

And hunger fly as fast;
The fruit of life's immortal tree

Shall be their sweet repast.
5 The Lamb shall lead his heavenly flock

Where living fountains rise, And love divine shall wipe away

The sorrows of their eyes.

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