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While no success or gain

Shall cheer the desperate fight,
Or nerve, what the world calls,

Our wasted might:
Yet pressing through the darkness to the light.

It is Thine own, O Lord!

Who toil while others sleep,
Who sow with loving care

What other hands shall reap :
They lean on Thee, entranced

In calm and perfect rest :
Give us that Peace, O Lord !

Divine and bleft,
Thou keepest for those hearts who love Thee best.

A. A. Proctor.


WHAT pleases God, O pious soul,

Accept with joy; though thunders roll
And tempests lower on every fide,
Thou knowest nought can thee betide

But pleases God.

The best will is our Father's will,
And we may rest there calm and still.

Oh make it hour by hour thine own,
And wish for nought but that alone,

Which pleases God.

His thought is aye the wisest thought ;
How oft man's wisdom comes to nought;
Miftake or weakness in it lurks,
It brings forth ill, and seldom works

What pleases God.

His mind is aye the gentlest mind,
His will and deeds are ever kind,
He blesses when against us speaks
The evil world, that rarely seeks

What pleases God.

His heart is aye the truest heart,
He bids all woe and harm depart,
Descending, shielding day and night
The man who knows and loves aright

What pleases God.

He governs all things here below,
In him lie all our weal and woe,
He bears the world within His hand,
And so to us bear sea and land

What pleases God.

And o’er His little flock He yearns,
And when to evil ways it turns,

The Father's rod oft smiteth, sore,
Until it learns to do once more

What pleases God.

What most would profit us He knows, And ne'er denies aught good to those Who with their utmost strength pursue The right, and only care to do

What pleases God.

If this be so, then, World, from me Keep, if thou wilt, what pleases thee; But thou, my soul, be well content With God and all things He hath sent ;

As pleases God.

And must thou suffer here and there,
Cling but the firmer to His care,
For all things are beneath His sway,
And muft in very truth obey

What pleases God.

True faith will grasp His mercy 'fast,
And hope bring patience ai the last,
Then both within thy heart enshrine,
So shall the heritage be thine

That pleases God.

To thee for ever shall be given
A kingdom and a crown in heaven,

And there shall be fulfill'd in thee
And thou shalt taste and hear and see
What pleases God.

Paul Gerhardt, 1653.

ISAIAH, 3: 10.


THAT cheering words are these ;

Their sweetness who can tell ! In time and to eternal days,

“'T is with the righteous well.”

In every state secure,

Kept as Jehovah's eye, 'T is well with them while life endures,

And well when called to die.

Well when they see His face,

Or fink amidst the flood; Well in affliction's thorny maze,

Or on the mount with God.

'T is well when joys arise,

'T is well when sorrows flow, 'T is well when darkness veils the skies,

And strong temptations grow.

'T is well when Jesus calls,

« From earth and fin arise, To join the hosts of ransomed souls,

Made to salvation wise."

EXODUS, 14: 15.

HEN we cannot see our way,

Let us trust, and still obey;
He who bids us forward go,
Cannot fail the way to show.

Though the sea be deep and wide,
Though a passage seem denied;
Fearless let us still proceed,
Since the Lord vouchsafes to lead.

Though it seems the gloom of night,
Though we see no ray of light;
Since the Lord Himself is there,
'Tis not meet that we should fear.

Night with Him is never night,
Where He is, there all is light;
When He calls us, why delay ?
They are happy who obey.

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