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God, my Exceeding Jov.
JAMES W. ALEXANDER, D. D.
Psalm xliii. 4.
EARLY my spirit turned
In days of fiercer flame,
When passion urged me on, 'Twas only bliss in name—
The pleasure soon was gone. Compared with thee how all things cloy, God, my exceeding joy!
At length the moment came-
To glories all above,
Now all the powers one theme employGod, my exceeding joy.
Shadows came on apace;
Tears were a pensive shower;
I cried for timely grace
To save me from the hour;
One trial yet awaits,
All that my spirit hates
May then my peace oppose;
But God shall this last foe destroy,-
Lame in the Sund.
HANNAH F. GOULD.
ALONE I walked the ocean strand,
And so, methought, 'twill shortly be
Will sweep across the place
And yet, with him who counts the sands, And holds the waters in his hands,
I know a lasting record stands
Of all this mortal part has wrought,
Still will we Trust.
WILLIAM H. BURLEIGH.
STILL will we trust, though earth seem dark and
And the heart faint beneath his chastening rod; Though rough and steep our pathway, worn and
Still will we trust in God!
Our eyes see dimly till by faith anointed,
And our blind choosing brings us grief and pain; Through Him alone who hath our way appointed We find our peace again.
Choose for us, God!-nor let our weak preferring
So from our sky the night shall furl her shadows,