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ETERNITY draws nearer ;
Time hastens fast away :
Or would'st thou bid it stay?
For that which hastens past;
For higher joys, that last ?
Receivest thou life's being
From what this world has given ;
The powers of Life from Heaven?
Is Earth thine only home ?
When death's dark hour is come!
Bethink thee of the issue
When earthly days are o'er : What doth this vain life promise
When Time shall be no more? Soon shall its course be finished;
Thy heart shall cease to move :Shall the grave beneath thee open,
But not the Heaven above?,
O let not sinful fancies
Thy spirit's breath destroy ! Seek, in the time accepted,
The Life that brings true joy : One only can impart it ;
The Life Himself, Who saith “ He that believeth, liveth;
And dying, sees not death.”
LIFE AND FULL SUFFICIENCY IN JESUS.
(LEBEN UND VOLLE GENÜGE IN JESU.)
Jesus, my Sun, before Whose beams
Night's shadows quickly flee ;-
One clear sound ringeth in my heart
Where'er I stand or move ;-
How wondrous is Thy Love!
One instinct ever fills my soul,
Deep, heavenly, and clear :
“ Thy one sole aim is here ! ”
Yes, I would fain for this one Pearl
Sell all that I possess;
Of earthly happiness.
In silent gladness, from my heart
All things I would remove, That from His Presence can divide,
Or rob me of His Love.
If separate from Thee, my Lord,
No other life I know :
Through which its life must flow.
Living in Thee, I am secure;
No more I know of death ; For sin—my spirit's only foe
Thy strong Hand vanquisheth.
I know no more of sorrow now :
No trials that betide, Thou Well-spring of all blessedness,
Can part me from Thy side.
Yea, if I only have Thy Love,
No other joy I crave;
I royal riches have.
Already am I, here on earth,
Thus blest, and light of heart :
When all earth's clouds depart ?
Then death all untold bliss will bring ;
And I possest shall be
God's mercy gives to me.
Without Thy blessing Love, O Lord,
My spirit had been lost;
On life's wild ocean tost :
But Thou hast to the Haven blest
Brought in my weary heart ; · And, full of peace, I rest in Thee,
For Thou my Saviour art.