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Though cisterns be broken,

And creatures all fail,
The word he has spoken

Will surely prevail. 3 His love in time past

Forbids me to think
He'll leave me at last

In trouble to sink;
Each sweet Eben-ezer

I have in review,
Confirms his good pleasure

To help me quite through. 4 Determined to save,

He watched o'er my path,
When, Satan's blind slave,

I sported with death;
And can he have taught me

To trust in his name,
And thus far have brought me

To put me to shame? 5 Why should I complain

Of want or distress,
Temptation or pain?

He told me no less:
The heirs of salvation,

I know from his word,
Through much tribulation

Must follow their Lord.

6 How bitter that cup,

No heart can conceive,
Which he drank quite up,

That sinners might live!
His way was much rougher

And darker than mine;
Did Jesus thus suffer,

And shall I repine ?
7 Since all that I meet

Shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet,

The med'cine is food;
Though painful at present,

It will cease before long,
And then, oh! how pleasant,

The conqueror's song! 252. LOOKING UPWARDS IN TROUBLE.

L. M.
Communion-St. Chad-Bridgewater.
1 God of my life, to thee I call,

Afflicted at thy feet I fall;
When the great water-floods prevail,

Leave not my trembling heart to fail! 2 Friend of the friendless and the faint,

Where shall I lodge my deep complaint ?
Where but with thee, whose open door
Invites the helpless and the poor?

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3 Did ever mourner plead with thee,

And thou refuse the mourner's plea ?
Does not the word still fixed remain,

That none shall seek thy face in vain ? 4 Poor though I am, despised, forgot,

Yet God, my God, forgets me not,
And he is blest, and must succeed,

For whom the Lord vouchsafes to plead. 253.


1 I asked the Lord that I might grow

In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of his salvation know,

And seek more earnestly his face.
2 'Twas he who taught me thus to pray,

And he, I trust, has answered prayer; But it has been in such a way

As almost drove me to despair.
3 I hoped that in some favoured hour,

At once he'd answer my request,
And by his love's constraining power,

Subdue my sins, and give me rest. 4 Instead of this, he made me feel

The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.

5 Lord, why is this? I trembling cried ;

Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
'Tis in this way, the Lord replied,

I answer prayer for grace and faith. 6 These inward trials I employ,

From self and pride to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,

That thou may'st seek thine all in me.

L. M. Babylon-St. Ambrose Munich. 1 Lord, who hast suffered all for me,

My peace and pardon to procure,
The lighter cross I bear for thee,

Help me with patience to endure. 2 The storm of loud repining hush,

I would in humble silence mourn;
Why should the unburnt, though burning

bush, Be angry as the crackling thorn? 3 Ah! were I buffeted all day, Mocked, crowned with thorns, and spit

I yet should have no right to say,

My great distress is mine alone. 4 Let me not angrily declare

No pain was ever sharp like mine;

2 But God has breathed upon a worm,

And sent me from above
Wings, such as clothe an angel's form,

The wings of joy and love.
3 With these to Pisgah's top I fly,

I And there delighted stand, To view beneath a shining sky

The spacious promised land. 4 The Lord of all the vast domain

Has promised it to me; The length and breadth of all the plain,

As far as faith can see.
5 How glorious is my privilege!

To thee for help I call;
I stand upon a mountain's edge,

Oh save me, lest I fall!
6 Though much exalted in the Lord,

My strength is not my own; Then let me tremble at his word,

And none shall cast me down. 260. The Paths of PEACE (Pr. iii. 13-17). C. M.

Howard-Newington-Bishopthorpe. 1 O happy is the man who hears

Instruction's warning voice; And who celestial Wisdom makes

His early, only choice.

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