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SELF-EXAMINATION.

SELF-CONDEMNATION.

“If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” — 1 John iii. 20.

ORD, many times I am a-weary quite L Of my own self, my fin and vanity; Yet be not Thou, or I am lost outright,

Weary of me.

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FOR a closer walk with God,

A calm and heavenly frame, A light to shine upon the road

That leads me to the Lamb !

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed !

How sweet their memory still! But now I find an aching void

The world can never fill.

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So shall my walk be close with God,

Calm and serene my frame ;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

Wm. Cowper. 1779. GROWING IN GRACE.

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift.” — 2 Peter ii. 18.

THIS did not once so trouble me,
1 That better I could not love Thee;

But now I feel and know,
That only when we love, we find
How far our hearts remain behind

The love they should bestow.

While we had little care to call
On Thee, and scarcely prayed at all,

We seemed enough to pray ;
But now we only think with shame,
How seldom to Thy glorious name

Our lips their offerings pay.

And when we gave yet fighter heed
Unto our suffering brother's need,

Our hearts reproached us then
Not half so much as now, that we
With such a careless eye can see

The woes and wants of men.

In doing is this knowledge won,
To see what yet remains undone ;

With this our pride repress;
And give us grace, a growing store,
That day by day we may do more,
And may esteem it less.

R. C. Trench.

THE WORLD,

“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” – John xvi. 8.

THE world is wise, for the world is old;

1 Five thousand years their tale have told; Yet the world is not happy, as the world might be, – Why is it? why is it? O, answer me !

The world is kind if we ask not too much;
It is sweet to the taste, and smooth to the touch ;
Yet the world is not happy, as the world might be, –
Why is it? why is it? O, answer me!.

The world is strong, with an awful strength,
And full of life in its breadth and length;
Yet the world is not happy, as the world might be, -
Why is it? why is it? O, answer me !

The world is so beautiful one may fear
Its borrowed beauty might make it too dear;
Yet the world is not happy, as the world might be, –
Why is it? why is it? O, answer me!

The world is good in its own poor way,
There is reft by night and high spirits by day;
Yet the world is not happy, as the world might be, —
Why is it? why is it? O, answer me!

The Cross shines fair, and the church-bell rings,
And the earth is peopled with holy things ;
Yet the world is not happy, as the world might be, —
Why is it? why is it? O, answer me !

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It is blood that thou lackest, thou poor old world!
Who shall make thy love hot for thee, frozen old world?
Thou art not happy, as thou mightest be,
For the love of dear Jesus is little in thee.

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