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VII.-The Lord will provide.
1 THOUGH troubles assail,
And dangers affright,
And foes all unite;
The LORD will provide. 2 The birds without barn
Or storehouse are fed,
To trust for our bread :
Shall ne'er be denied,
The LORD will provide.
By tempests be tost
But cannot be lost :
The wind and the tide,
The LORD will provide. 4 His call we obey,
Like Abra'm of old,
But faith makes us bold;
We have a good guide,
The LORD will provide.
5 When Satan appears
To stop up our path,
We triumph by faith :
Though oft he has tried,
The LORD will provide. 6 He tells us we 're weak,
Our hope is in vain,
We ne'er shall obtain ;
Our spirits have ply'd,
The LORD will provide. 7 No strength of our own,
Or goodness we claim;
The Saviour's great name,
For safety we hide,
The LORD will provide. 8 When life sinks apace,
And death is in view,
Shall comfort us through ;
With Christ on our side,
“ The LORD will provide !"
VIII.- Esau. Chap. xxv. 34. Heb. xii. 16.
i Poor Esau repented too late,
That once he his birth-right despis’d, And sold, for a morsel of meat,
What could not too highly be priz'd: How great was his anguish when told,
The blessing he sought to obtain Was gone with the birth-right he sold,
And none could recall it again! 2 He stands as a warning to all,
Wherever the Gospel shall come : O basten and yield to the call,
While yet for repentance there's room! Your season will quickly be past;
Then hear and obey it to-day, Lest, when you seek mercy at last,
The Saviour should frown you away. 3 What is it the world can propose ?
A morsel of meat at the best! For this are you willing to lose
A share in the joys of the blest? Its pleasures will speedily end,
Its favour and praise are but breath ; And what can its profits befriend
Your soul in the moments of death? 4. If Jesus, for these, you despise,
And sin to the Saviour prefer; In vain your entreaties and cries,
When summon'd to stand at his bar :
What anguish will torture your heart!
5 Too often, dear Saviour, have I Preferr'd some poor
trifle to thee; How is it thou dost not deny
The blessing and birth-right to me? No better than Esau I am,
Though pardon and heaven be mine; To me belongs nothing but shame,
The praise and the glory be thine.
IX.-Jacob's Ladder. Chap. xxviii, 12. 1 If the Lord our leader be,
We may follow without fear;
Home, with him, is every where ;
Though his pillow was a stone,
Yet he was not left alone. 2 Kings are often waking kept,
Rack'd with cares on beds of state';
For he lay at heaven's gate :
Reaching to the heav'nly throne ;
Spake, and claim'd him for his own. 3.Fear not, Jacob, thou art mine,
And my presence with thee goes!
And my arm subdue thy foes":
For my help in trouble call;
Till I have accomplish'd all.' 4 Well does Jacob's ladder suit
To the Gospel-throne of grace;
Ev'ry hour, in ev'ry place :
By assuming flesh and blood,
Jesus heav'n and earth unites;
God to dwell with us delights.
Are for all events prepar'd; What can changes do to them,
Who have such a guide and guard ? Should they traverse earth around,
To the ladder still they come; Ev'ry spot is holy ground,
God is there--and he's their home.
X.-My Name is Jacob. Chap. xxxii. 27.
1 NAY, I cannot let thee go,
Till a blessing thou bestow ;
Dost thou ask me who I am ?
Yet the question gives a plea
To support my suit with thee.
In rebellion blindly bold,
That poor rebel, Lord, was I. 4 Once a sinner near despair
Sought thy mercy-seat by pray'r;
Lord, that mercy came to me.
Many changes I have seen,
*2 Cor. vi. 16.