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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. 3 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. ng 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.


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;
e are at the ladder's foot,
Ev'ry hour, in ev'ry place :



By assuming flesh and blood,

Jesus heav'n and earth unites
e 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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