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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
“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
“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
“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
“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 !