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HE Lord descended from above,

And bow'd the heavens most high; And underneath His feet He cast

The darkness of the sky.

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On Cherubs and on Cherubims

Full royally he rode,
And on the wings of mighty winds
Came flying all abroad.

STERNHOLD.

II.

OUR TIMES. PSALM XXXI, 15.

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ATHER, I know that all

my

life Is portioned out for me, And the changes that are sure to come,

I do not fear to see ;

But I ask Thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.

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I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,

Through constant watching wise, To meet the glad with joyful smiles,

And to wipe the weeping eyes ; And a heart at leisure from itself,

To footh and sympathise.

I would not have the restless will

That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do,

Or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child,

And guided where I go.

Wherever in the world I am,

In whatsoe'er estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts

To keep and cultivate ;
And a work of lowly love to do

For the Lord on whom I wait.

So I ask Thee for the daily strength,

To none that ask denied, And a mind to blend with outward life

While keeping at Thy fide ; Content to fill a little space,

If Thou be glorified.

And if some things I do not ask

In my cup of blessing be, I would have my spirit filled the more

With grateful love to Thee. More careful not to serve Thee much,

But to please Thee perfectly.

There are briers besetting every path,

That call for patient care ; There's a cross in every lot,

And an earnest need for prayer ;
But a lowly heart that leans on Thee

Is happy anywhere.
In a service which Thy will appoints,

There are no bonds for me ;
For my inmost heart is taught “ the truth

That makes Thy children “ free;'
And a life of self-renouncing love
Is a life of liberty.

ANNA L. WARING.

III.

PSALM XXIII.

HE Lord my pasture shall prepare,

And feed me with a shepherd's care ;
His presence shall my wants supply,
And guard me with a watchful eye ;

My noon-day walks he shall attend, And all my midnight hours defend.

When in the sultry glebe I faint,
Or on the thirsty mountain pant,
To fertile vales and dewy meeds
My weary wandering steps he leads,
Where peaceful rivers, soft and flow,
Amid the verdant landscapes flow.

Tho' in the paths of death I tread,
With gloomy horrors overspread,
My stedfast heart shall fear no ill,
For Thou, O Lord, art with me still ;
Thy friendly crook shall give me aid,
And guide me through the dreadful shade.

Tho' in a bare and rugged way,
Thro' devious lonely wilds I stray,
Thy bounty shall my pains beguile,
The barren wilderness shall smile,
With sudden greens and herbage crown'd,
And streams shall murmur all around.

ADDISON.

IV.

PSALM XLVI.

OD is our refuge in distress,
Our safeguard in the wilderness,

Our shelter from the storm;
Though winds and waves a conflict

make, Though earth's foundations reel and shake,

We need not feel alarm.

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A peaceful river softly flows
In tranquil streams to gladden those

Who put their trust in God;
Within His holy place they feel
The comfort of His presence still

While oceans roll abroad.

What though the heathen madly rage,
And kingdoms in fierce war engage,

When God sends forth His voice ;
He makes the glittering spear to bend,
Sends peace to earth's remotest end,

And bids the world rejoice.

Be still and know that He is God,
He rules the earth with iron rod,

And sits enthroned above;
He dwells with those who own his name,
The God of Jacob still the same

The God of peace and love.

V.

PSALM LXXII.

JAIL to the Lord's Anointed,

Great David's greater Son! Hail! in the time appointed,

His reign on earth begun!

He comes to break oppression,
To let the captiye free,
To take away transgression,

And reign in equity.
He comes with succour speedy

To those who suffer wrong;
To help the poor and needy,

And bid the weak be strong;

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