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3 Safely conduct us, by thy grace,

Through life's perplexing road,
And place us, when that journey's o’er,

At thy right hand, O God.

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RIPPON'S COL. A Blessing requested. 1 COME, thou soul-transforming Spirit,

Bless the sower and the seed ;
Let each heart thy grace inherit;
Raise the weak, the hungry feed;

From the gospel
Now supply thy people's need.
2 O, may all enjoy the blessing

Which thy word's designed to give;
Let us all, thy love possessing,
Joyfully the truth receive;

And forever
To thy praise and glory live.

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CowPER. “ My Soul thirsteth for God.1 DEAR fountain of delight unknown,

No longer sink below the brim; But overflow, and pour me down

A living and life-giving stream. 2 I want that grace that springs from thee,

That quickens all things where it flows, And makes a wretched thorn, like me,

Bloom as the myrtle, or the rose.

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SMART.
Prayer for Prudence and Wisdom.
1 FATHER of light, conduct my feet

Through life's dark, dangerous road;
Let each advancing step still bring

Me nearer to my God.
2 Let heaven-eyed prudence be my guide;

And when I go astray,
Recall my feet from folly's path,

To wisdom's better way.
3 Teach me, in every various scene,

To keep my end in sight;
And, while I tread life's mazy track,

Let wisdom guide me right.
4 That heavenly wisdom from above

Abundantly impart;
And let it guard, and guide, and warm,

And penetrate my heart, —
5 Till it shall lead me to thyself,

Fountain of bliss and love,
And all my darkness be dispersed

In endless light above.

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DR. JOHNSON,
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From Boethius.
Imploring divine Light.
10 THOU whose power o'er moving worlds

presides,
Whose voice created, and whose wisdom guides,
On darkling man in pure effulgence shine,
And cheer the clouded mind with light divine.

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2 'Tis thine alone to calm the pious breast

With silent confidence and holy rest;
From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend,
Path, motive, guide, original, and end.

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BEDDOME. Teachings of the Spirit. 1 COME, blessed Spirit, Source of light,

Whose power and grace are unconfined,
Dispel the gloomy shades of night,

The thicker darkness of the mind. 2 To mine illumined eyes display

The glorious truth thy word reveals;
Cause me to run the heavenly way;

The book unfold, unloose the seals.
3 Thine inward teachings make me know,

The mysteries of redeeming love,
The emptiness of things below,

The excellence of things above.
4 While through this dubious maze I stray,

Spread, like the sun, thy beams abroad,
To show the dangers of the way,

And guide my feeble steps to God.

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MERRICK. Desire of Instruction. Ps. 119. 1 TEACH me, O teach me, Lord, thy way;

So, to my life's remotest day,
By thy unerring precepts led,
My willing feet its paths shall tread.

2 Informed by thee, with sacred awe,

My heart shall meditate thy law;
And, with celestial wisdom filled,

To thee its full obedience yield.
3 Give me to know thy words aright,

Thy words, my soul's supreme delight, That, purged from thirst of gold, my mind

In them its better wealth may find. 4 0, turn from vanity mine eye;

To me thy quickening strength supply;
And with thy promised mercy cheer
A heart devoted to thy fear.

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DODDRIDGE. Seeking the Knowledge of God. 1 SHINE forth, eternal Source of light,

And make thy glories known;
Fill our enlarged, adoring sight

With lustre all thy own.
2 Vain are the charms, and faint the rays,

The brightest creatures boast;
And all their grandeur, and their praise,

Is in thy presence lost.
3 To know the Author of our frame

Is our sublimest skill ;
True science is to read thy name,

True life, to obey thy will. 4 For this I long, for this I pray,

And following on pursue,
Till visions of eternal day

Fix and complete the view.

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HENRY MOORE. Wisdom and Virtue sought from God. 1 SUPREME and universal light!

Fountain of reason! Judge of right!
Parent of good! whose blessings flow

On all above and all below ;2 Assist us, Lord, to act, to be,

What nature and thy laws decree;
Worthy that intellectual flame,

Which from thy breathing spirit came. 3 May our expanded souls disclaim

The narrow view, the selfish aim,
But with a Christian zeal embrace

Whate'er is friendly to our race.
4 O Father, grace and virtue grant;

No more we wish, no more we want;
To know, to serve thee, and to love,
Is peace below,- is bliss above.

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HENRY MOORE. For Steadiness of Principle. 1 AMIDST a world of hopes and fears,

A wild of cares, and toils, and tears,
Where foes alarm, and dangers threat,

And pleasures kill, and glories cheat, 2 Shed down, O Lord, a heavenly ray,

To guide me in the doubtful way;
And o'er me hold thy shield of power,
To guard me in the dangerous hour.

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