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IV.

THE TEMPLE ABOVE.

N midst of this City celestial,
Where the Eternal Temple should have

rose,
Lightened the Idea Beatifical,-
End and beginning of each thing that

grows ; Whose self no end, nor yet beginning knows,

That hath no eyes to see, nor ears to hear,

Yet sees and hears, and is all eye, all ear ; That nowhere is contained, and yet is everywhere.

GILES FLETCHER.

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THE SEA SHORE.
N every object here I see

Something, O Lord, that leads to Thee.
Firm as a rock Thy promise stands ;
Thy mercies countless as the sands;
Thy love a sea immensely wide ;

Thy grace an ever-flowing tide.
In every object here I see
Something, my heart, that points to thee.
Hard as the rocks that round the strand;
Unfruitful as the barren fand ;
Dark and deceitful as the Ocean;
And, like the tides, in constant motion.

NEWTON.

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VI.

THE OCEAN.

PON the Ocean God is near ; the wing

of the Most High,
In calm and storm a gracious form

broods over sea and sky.
His love is breathed in ev'ry wind, His

voice in ev'ry wave, His life-His light in the stormy night of Ocean's

billowy grave.

His bow of promise we behold, as beautifully

arrayed, As when, amid a world destroy'd, 'twas first to man

displayed. His gentlest creatures, dove-like birds, rest on our

wandering bark; They seek our vessel, as the Dove the life-preserv

ing Ark.

The banner of His love, the Sun-fhines on us day

by day; His presence nightly in the Moon — illumes our

watery way. We cannot go where God is not-in goodness ever

nigh; Thus when we sleep upon the deep, we move before

His eye.

RICHARD HOWITT

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VII.

THE OCEAN.

JOLL on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean!

– roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee

in vain ;
Man marks the earth with ruin

his controul Stops with the shore ;—upon the watery plain The wrecks are all thy deeds ; nor doth remain A shadow of man's ravage, save his own, When for a moment, like a drop of rain,

He finks into thy depths with bubbling groan, Without a grave, unknelled, uncoffined and unknown.

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Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty form
Glasses itself in tempests, in all time,
Calm or convulsed—in breeze or gale or storm,
Icing the Pole, or in the torrid clime
Dark heaving ; boundless, endless, and sublime-
The image of Eternity—the throne
Of the Invisible. Even from out thy slime

The monsters of the deep are made ; each zone Obeys thee; thou goeft forth, dread, fathomless, alone.

BYRON.

VIII.

LOVE.

TOVE is a stream which ever more doth

flow, From God's own heart to pious souls

below;

But rests not there, for who this love

hath found,
Delayeth not to spread it all around;
Thus is it ever rich, and poor withal,
At once a beggar and a prodigal.

IX.

LOVE.

A

LAS! that man should madly prize

The fleeting treasures earth can give; And yet reject, nay more-defpife,

The Word that life alone can give.

And we, how grateful should we be

To Him, who lifts our thoughts above; And still in each fresh forrow fee

New proof of an Almighty's love.

X.

LOVE.

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HE freeborn Christian has no chains to

prove,
Or, if a chain, the golden one of love ;
No fear attends to quench his glowing

fires,
What fear he feels his gratitude inspires.
Shall he, for such deliverance freely wrought,
Recompense ill? He trembles at the thought.
His Master's interest and his own combined,
Prompt every movement of his heart and mind;
Thought, word, and deed, his liberty evince,
His freedom is the freedom of a Prince.

CowPER.

XI.

LOVE.

TOVE makes the music of the blefl'd

above,
Heaven's harmony is universal love.

CowPER.

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