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VII.-The Lord will provide.

1 THOUGH troubles assail,

And dangers affright,
Though friends should all fail,

And foes all unite;
Yet one thing secures us,

Whatever betide,
The Scripture assures us,

The LORD will provide. 2 The birds without barn

Or storehouse are fed,
From them let us learn

To trust for our bread :
His saints what is fitting

Shall ne'er be denied,
So long as 'tis written,

The LORD will provide.
S We may, like the ships,

By tempests be tost
On perilous deeps,

But cannot be lost :
Though Satan enrages

The wind and the tide,
The promise engages

The LORD will provide. 4 His call we obey,

Like Abra'm of old,
Not knowing our way,

But faith makes us bold;
For, though we are strangers,

We have a good guide,
And trust in all dangers,

The LORD will provide.

5 When Satan appears

To stop up our path,
And fill us with fears,

We triumph by faith :
He cannot take from us,

Though oft he has tried,
This heart-cheering promise,

The LORD will provide. 6 He tells us we 're weak,

Our hope is in vain,
The good that we seek

We ne'er shall obtain ;
But when such suggestions

Our spirits have ply'd,
This answers all questions,

The LORD will provide. 7 No strength of our own,

Or goodness we claim;
Yet, since we have known

The Saviour's great name,
In this our strong tow'r

For safety we hide,
The LORD is our pow'r,

The LORD will provide. 8 When life sinks apace,

And death is in view,
This word of his grace

Shall comfort us through ;
No fearing or doubting,

With Christ on our side,
We hope to die shouting

“ The LORD will provide !"

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VIII.- Esau. Chap. xxv. 34. Heb. xii. 16.

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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 :
How will you his presence abide ?

What anguish will torture your heart!
The saints all enthron'd by his side,
And you be compelld to depart.

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;
East or west, by land or sea,

Home, with him, is every where ;
When from Esau Jacob fled,

Though his pillow was a stone,
And the ground his humble bed,

Yet he was not left alone. 2 Kings are often waking kept,

Rack'd with cares on beds of state';
Never king like Jacob slept,

For he lay at heaven's gate :
Lo! he saw a ladder rear'd,

Reaching to the heav'nly throne ;
At the top the Lord appear’d,

Spake, and claim'd him for his own. 3.Fear not, Jacob, thou art mine,

And my presence with thee goes!
On thy heart my love shall shine,

And my arm subdue thy foes":
From my promise comfort take,

For my help in trouble call;
Never will I thee forsake,

Till I have accomplish'd all.' 4 Well does Jacob's ladder suit

To the Gospel-throne of grace;
We are at the ladder's foot,

Ev'ry hour, in ev'ry place :

By assuming flesh and blood,

Jesus heav'n and earth unites;
We by faith ascend to God *,

God to dwell with us delights.
5 They who know the Saviour's name

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 ;
Do not turn away thy face,
Mine's an urgent pressing case.

Dost thou ask me who I am ?
*Ah, my Lord, thou know'st my name !

Yet the question gives a plea

To support my suit with thee.
3 Thou didst once a wretch behold,

In rebellion blindly bold,
Scorn thy grace, thy power defy;

That poor rebel, Lord, was I. 4 Once a sinner near despair

Sought thy mercy-seat by pray'r;
Mercy heard and set him free;

Lord, that mercy came to me.
5 Many years have pass'd since then,

Many changes I have seen,
Yet have been upheld till now;
Who could hold me up but thou ?

*2 Cor. vi. 16.

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