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“Verily, Thou art a God that hidest Thyself, O God of Israel, The Saviour.”—Isaiah xlv. 15.

O GOD, Thou Hidden One, in Whom we all have life
When, in the spirit, wilt Thou shew Thyself to me?
Vain is all Reason's search ; but in the still, deep soul,
The pure and single-hearted may conceive of Thee.
Thy wonder-ways, O Saviour, who can fathom them,
Through which Thy Love doth sanctify Thy children

Who comprehend that poverty, contempt, and woe,
As marks of glory to Thy hidden ones appear?

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is : For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river ; and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”— Jer. xvii. 7, 8.

On outward things rely not ;-not on wisdom of thine

own; Nor good intentions, comfort, light:-God be thy Strength

alone! Trust Him with all thy being, and in fearless faith con

fide : He standeth fast when all things fail: only in Him abide ! Thrice blessed soul that, leaving all, stands rooted fast

in God; Like some fair tree that by the waters spreads her root

abroad. In time of drought, and sorrow's heat, it dwells secure,

serene : From God its life-juice drawing, thus its leaf rests fresh

and green.

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the Good Way, and walk therein ; and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”—Jer. vi. 16.

: How good is still that Ancient Way, the inner Christian

life; In which, free from all semblances, and vain opinions'

strife, The Patriarchs, dead to the world, in far-off days abode; Ever in faith, and love, and living intercourse with God! This, in these days' supineness, men “ mysterious doc

trine" call : They fear this Ancient Path, and will not ask for it at


O well for him who sees this way, and doth his eye-lids

close, And walks on trustingly therein, to the True Soul's

Repose !

“The house was filled with the Cloud; and the Court was full of the Brightness of the Lord's Glory.”—Ezekiel x. 4.

WHEN God Himself the heart doth fill with purest Light

of Light, Then doth the soul adore Him, in the darkness of the

night. Nought can it taste or see :-it only feels that God is

near; Discerns His Presence inwardly, though not in vision

clear. Yet when, e'en clouded, in the House dwells The

Divinity, His Glory all the Court shall fill with dazzling radiancy. Then, in the mind and intellect, the purest lights shall

shine ; Work, word, and walk, transfigured glow, in that fair

Light Divine.

“Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off ? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill Heaven and Earth ? saith the Lord.”— Jer. xxiii. 23, 24.

In God thou ever livest; therefore seek Him not afar : Think not He sitteth There, shut in ;-high over moon

and star; Wert thou but less distracted and disquieted in mind, In the stillness of the spirit, thou thy God should'st

quickly find. Thou Being ever near me, draw me closer to Thy Sight, That I with awe may walk within the Brightness of Thy

Light! I hide me not; my soul lies bare ; Thou knowest my

thoughts and will : O leave my heart not empty, Lord, Who Heaven and

Earth dost fill !

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