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2 True zeal is merciful and mild,
Can pity and forbear ;
And breathes revenge and war. 3 While zeal for truth the Christian warms,
He knows the worth of peace;
Its party to increase.
And be applauded here ;
When Jesus shall appear.
A God to glorify;
And fit it for the sky;
My calling to fulfil;
To do my Master's will!
As in thy sight to live;
The strict account to give ;
And on thyself rely,
I shall forsaken die.
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.
DODDRIDGE. Christian Watchfulness. 1 AWAKE, my drowsy soul, awake,
And view the threatening scene;
And treachery lurks within.
2 Now to the work of God awake;
Behold thy Master near;
With vigor and with fear. 3 The awful register goes on;
The account will surely come;
May bear me to my doom. 4 Tremendous thought! how deep it strikes !
Yet like a dream it flies,
From these deluded eyes.
The active Christian.
1 YE servants of the Lord,
Each in his office wait,
And watchful at his gate.
And trim the golden flame;
For awful is his name.
And while we speak, he's near ;
And ready all appear.
In such a posture found !
And be with honor crowned.
Mrs. BARBAULD. Vigilance amidst Temptations. 1 AWAKE, my soul; lift up thine eyes;
See where thy foes against thee rise,
Awake, my soul, or thou art lost.
Perils and snares beset thee round;
But most the traitor in thy heart.
The weight of thine immortal shield;
Of heavenly truth and heavenly love. 4 The terror and the charm repel,
And powers of earth, and powers of hell;
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,
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.
DODDRIDGE. The Light of good Examples. 1 GREAT Teacher of thy church, we own
Thy precepts all divinely wise:
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.