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Though Winter whirlwinds rage and die,

The gurgling rills go dancing by, And heavenly breezes whispering nigh,

Where darkness is but Love's refrain, And rainbows every storm defy.

ETERNITY IS HEAVEN FOR ME, WHILE I THE CROSS OF JESUS SEE!

O LORD, within my heart appear,

Bewildered now with doubt and fear, And let thy mercy still prevail Where else my trembling faith would fail! O let that mercy comfort me, And from guilt's terror set me free; Guide my despairing soul about, And drive each faithless anguish out. Save, Lord ! I perish! is my cry As on the lake Thou passest by; There let me hear Thy welcome shout, Oh thou of little faith, why doubt? Dear Lord, my trembling faith increase, And in my heart there shall be Peace, The raging tempest I deride, And in my Saviour's bosom hide. How can I fail to be supplied With all that's needful for my guide, Till Heaven, within my heart renewed, Shall show the faith by Christ pursued, And mine Eternal gratitude!

GOD'S LOVE IN THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER. 299

THE GIFT OF GOD'S LOVE IN THE

SPIRIT OF PRAYER. OH the gift of God's grace in the Spirit of

PrayerWhat boundless salvation encompasses there The soul that is winged with the Faith of the

Lord, To fly with the strength of the oath of His Word, From the Temple of Praise, where the Promise is

heard, And the crown of God's Mercy on Sinners con

ferred. God's Mercy-seat! His blessing there Saves the lost Sinner from Despair !

God's Mercy-seat! And there are waiting

His cherubim on Wings of Light
To carry to His glorious throne
The supplications there made known,
For intercession by His Son ;

The Holy Spirit's breathings shown

Even in the guiltiest Soul's confession ; The hope of mercy shed abroad,

The first dear faith in man's possession.

The Mercy-seat, the Court of Love,
Where Angels wait to bear above
The Sinner's penitential plea,
O God, have mercy upon me;
And work the Faith that can receive,

Even at the Cross, the dying prayer.
The guilt of all my life forgive,
And in Christ's mercy let me live!
The Mercy-seat, O power of Prayer
To save the dying sinner there
From Guilt's Remorse and Hell's Despair !

God's Mercy-seat in Jesus' name
Doth His Omnipotence proclaim,
Despite our unbelief and shame,
The promise of His conquering blood,
To bring remission from our God,
And carry through all worlds abroad
The Song of Moses and the Lamb,
The Glory of the Great I AM.
The Mercy-seat! God's Mercy-seat !
God's love in Christ o'er all supreme,
Heaven's Everlasting Theme,
And Time's foretold, believing dream,
Of Faith's Divine, forgiving scheme.

THE SOUL'S ADIEU TO TIME.

TIME, that hath brought us thus far on our way,

In bidding us Good-bye asks, as a friend, May God be with you to your journey's end ! Always at parting teaching us to pray,

Be with us, Lord, and give us grace to mend What paths or footsteps we have gone astray,

And with us henceforth all our steps attend,
That we may speak A-Dieu to every day,
And give to God our heart and life alway.

But who to parting Time farewell can say,

If, ever careless of the Soul's welfare,
We have not watched and kept account in

prayer,
As punctual as the dawn and sunset ray,
To write for God the ledger of each day.
For thus, in weal or woe, from thrift or waste,
We execute a mortage on the past;
Farewell or ill is tallied with our time!
Alas! we bind him as our foe, with crime,
His treasures for our guilty pleasures lending,
As if we had Eternity for spending !

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