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4 O could our thoughts and wishes fly
Above these gloomy shades,
Which sorrow ne'er invades !
Or reason's feeble ray,
Unconscious of decay.
To guide our upward aim ; With one reviving ray of thine
Our languid hearts inflame.
Our ardent wishes rise,
HYMN CCCXI. C.M.
The power of faith. 1 Faith adds new charms to earthly bliss,
And saves us from its snares; Its aid in every duty brings,
And softens all our cares.
And lights the sacred fire
And feeds the pure desire.
3 The wounded conscience knows its power
The healing balm to give;
And make the dying live.
Where deathless pleasures reign; And bids us seek our portion there,
Nor bids us seek in vain. 5 On that bright prospect may we rest,
Till this frail body dies ; And then, on faith's triumphant wings,
To endless glory rise.
HYMN CCCXII. C.M.
Prospect of heaven. 1 There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign; i Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain. 2. There, everlasting spring abides,
And never-withering flowers; Death, like a narrow sea, divides
This heavenly land from ours. 3 Sweet fields, beyond the swelling flood,
Stand dress’d in living green; So to the Jews, old Canaan stood, While Jordan roll'd between.
4 But tim'rous mortals start and shrink,
To cross this narrow sea ;
And fear to launch away.
Those gloomy doubts that rise,
With unbeclouded eyes!
And view the prospect o'er, Not Jordan's streams, nor death's cold flood,
Should fright us from the shore !
HYMN CCCXIII. S. M.
Unbounded glories rise,
Unknown to mortal eyes. 2 There sickness never comes ;
There grief no more complains ; Health triumphs in immortal bloom,
And purest pleasure reigns. 3 No strife, nor envy there
The sons of peace molest; But harmony, and love sincere,
Fill every happy breast.
4 No cloud those regions know,
For ever bright and fair ;
Can never enter there.
Nor sun's faint, sickly ray; But glory from th' eternal throne
Spreads everlasting day. 6 O! may this prospect fire
Our hearts with ardent love ; And lively faith and strong desire
Bear every thought above.
HYMN CCCXIV. L. M.
Heaven the reward of faithful servants.
Resplendent with eternal day;
While God's own word reveals the way. 2 There shall the servants of the Lord
With never-fading lustre shine;
Conferr'd on man by love divine.
And sparkling stars resign their light; But these shall know nochange, nor shade, For ever fair, for ever bright.
4 On wings of faith and strong desire,
O may our spirits daily rise ;
HYMN CCCXV. L. M.
Consolation for the loss of pious friends. 1 Why weep for those, frail child of woe, Who've fled and left thee mourning here? Triumphant o'er their latest foe,
They glory in a brighter sphere. 2 Weep not for them ;-beside thee now
Perhaps they watch with guardian care, And witness tears that idly flow
O'er those who bliss of angels share. 3 Or round their Father's throne, above, .
With raptur'd voice, his praise they sing, Or on his messages of love,
They journey with unwearied wing. 4 Space cannot check, thought cannot bound
The high exulting souls whom he, . Who form’d these million worlds around,
Takes to his own eternity. 5 Weep, weep no more ; their voices raise
The song of triumph high to God,