Longing to Be with Christ

To Jesus, the Crown of my Hope, My soul is in haste to be gone; To Jesus, the Crown of my Hope, My soul is in haste to be gone; Oh bear me, ye cherubim, up, And waft me away me away to his throne! My Saviour, whom absent I love, Whom, not having seen, […]

I Will Praise the Lord at All Times

Winter has a joy for me, While the Saviour's charms I read, Winter has a joy for me, While the Saviour's charms I read, Lowly, meek, from blemish free, In the snowdrop's pensive head. Spring returns, and brings along Life-invigorating suns: Hark! the turtle's plaintive song Seems to speak his dying groans! Summer has a […]

Grace and Providence

Almighty King! whose wondrous hand Supports the weight of sea and land; Almighty King! whose wondrous hand Supports the weight of sea and land; Whose grace is such a boundless store, No heart shall break that sighs for more. Thy providence supplies my food, And 'tis thy blessing makes it good; My soul is nourished […]

Praise for Faith

Of all the gifts thine hand bestows,       Thou Giver of all good! Of all the gifts thine hand bestows,      Thou Giver of all good! Not heaven itself a richer knows      Than my Redeemer's blood. Faith too, the blood-receiving grace,      From the same hand we gain; Else, sweetly as it suits our […]

Not of Works

Grace, triumphant in the throne Scorns a rival, reigns alone; Grace, triumphant in the throne Scorns a rival, reigns alone; Come and bow beneath her sway, Cast your idol works away! Works of man, when made his plea, Never shall accepted be; Fruits of pride (vain-glorious worm!) Are the best he can perform. Self, the […]

The Narrow Way

What thousands never knew the road! What thousands hate it when 'tis known! What thousands never knew the road! What thousands hate it when 'tis known! None but the chosen tribes of God Will seek or choose it for their own. A thousand ways in ruin end, One only leads to joys on high; By […]

Abuse of the Gospel

Too many, Lord, abuse thy grace       In this licentious day, Too many, Lord, abuse thy grace       In this licentious day, And while they boast they see thy face       They turn their own away. Thy book displays a gracious light       That can the blind restore; But these are dazzled by the sight, […]

A Living and a Dead Faith

The Lord receives his highest praise From humble minds and hearts sincere; The Lord receives his highest praise From humble minds and hearts sincere; While all the loud professor says Offends the righteous Judge's ear. To walk as children of the day, To mark the precepts' holy light, To wage the warfare, watch, and pray, […]

True and False Comforts

O God, whose favourable eye       The sin-sick soul revives, O God, whose favourable eye       The sin-sick soul revives, Holy and heavenly is the joy       Thy shining presence gives. Not such as hypocrites suppose,       Who with a graceless heart Taste not of thee, but drink a dose       Prepared by Satan's art. […]

The New Convert

The new-born child of Gospel grace, Like some fair tree when summer's nigh, The new-born child of Gospel grace, Like some fair tree when summer's nigh, Beneath Emmanuel's shining face Lifts up his blooming branch on high. No fears he feels, he sees no foes, No conflict yet his faith employs, Nor has he learnt […]

Hatred of Sin

Holy Lord God! I love thy truth, Nor dare thy least commandment slight; Holy Lord God! I love thy truth, Nor dare thy least commandment slight; Yet pierced by sin, the serpent's tooth, I mourn the anguish of the bite. But though the poison lurks within, Hope bids me still with patience wait; Till death […]

The Heart Healed and Changed by Mercy

Sin enslaved me many years, And led me bound and blind; Sin enslaved me many years, And led me bound and blind; Till at length a thousand fears Came swarming o'er my mind. "Where," said I, in deep distress, "Will these sinful pleasures end? How shall I secure my peace, And make the Lord my […]

Love Constraining to Obedience

No strength of nature can suffice       To serve the Lord aright: No strength of nature can suffice       To serve the Lord aright: And what she has she misapplies,       For want of clearer light. How long beneath the law I lay       In bondage and distress! I toil’d the precept to obey,       […]

My Soul Thirsteth for God

I thirst, but not as once I did, The vain delights of earth to share; I thirst, but not as once I did, The vain delights of earth to share; Thy wounds, Emmanuel, all forbid That I should seek my pleasures there. It was the sight of thy dear cross First wean’d my soul from […]

For the Poor

When Hagar found the bottle spent,       And wept o'er Ishmael, When Hagar found the bottle spent,       And wept o'er Ishmael, A message from the Lord was sent       To guide her to a well. Should not Elijah's cake and cruse       Convince us at this day, A gracious God will not refuse       […]

Lively Hope and Gracious Fear

I was a grovelling creature once,       And basely cleaved to earth; I was a grovelling creature once,       And basely cleaved to earth; I wanted spirit to renounce       The clod that gave me birth. But God has breathed upon a worm,       And sent me from above Wings such as clothe an angel's […]

The Christian

Honour and happiness unite To make the Christian's name a praise; Honour and happiness unite To make the Christian's name a praise; How fair the scene, how clear the light, That fills the remnant of his days! A kingly character he bears, No change his priestly office knows; Unfading is the crown he wears, His […]

True Pleasures

Lord, my soul with pleasure springs       When Jesus' name I hear; Lord, my soul with pleasure springs       When Jesus' name I hear; And when God the Spirit brings       The word of promise near: Beauties too, in holiness,       Still delighted I perceive; Nor have words that can express       The joys thy […]

Joy and Peace in Believing

O Lord, my best desire fulfil,       And help me to resign O Lord, my best desire fulfil,       And help me to resign Life, health, and comfort to thy will,       And make thy pleasure mine. Why should I shrink at thy command,       Whose love forbids my fears? Or tremble at the gracious […]

The Hidden Life

To tell the Saviour all my wants,       How pleasing is the task! To tell the Saviour all my wants,       How pleasing is the task! Nor less to praise him when he grants       Beyond what I can ask. My labouring spirit vainly seeks       To tell but half the joy; With how much […]

Retirement

Far from the world, O Lord, I flee,       From strife and tumult far; Far from the world, O Lord, I flee,       From strife and tumult far; From scenes where Satan wages still       His most successful war. The calm retreat, the silent shade,       With prayer and praise agree; And seem by thy […]

The Happy Change

How blessed thy creature is, O God,       When, with a single eye, How blessed thy creature is, O God,       When, with a single eye, He views the lustre of thy word,       The dayspring from on high! Through all the storms that veil the skies       And frown on earthly things, The Sun […]

Submission

O Lord, my best desire fulfil,       And help me to resign O Lord, my best desire fulfil,       And help me to resign Life, health, and comfort to thy will,       And make thy pleasure mine. Why should I shrink at thy command,       Whose love forbids my fears? Or tremble at the gracious […]

Prayer for Patience

Lord, who hast suffered all for me, My peace and pardon to procure, Lord, who hast suffered all for me, My peace and pardon to procure, The lighter cross I bear for thee Help me with patience to endure. The storm of loud repining hush; I would in humble silence mourn; Why should the unburnt, […]

Self-Acquaintance

Dear Lord! accept a sinful heart,       Which of itself complains, Dear Lord! accept a sinful heart,       Which of itself complains, And mourns, with much and frequent smart,       The evil it contains. There fiery seeds of anger lurk,       Which often hurt my frame; And wait but for the tempter's work       To […]

Mourning and Longing

The Saviour hides his face! My spirit thirsts to prove       The Saviour hides his face!       My spirit thirsts to prove Renewed supplies of pardoning grace,       And never-fading love.       The favoured souls who know       What glories shine in him, Pant for his presence as the roe       Pants for the living […]

Peace After a Storm

When darkness long has veiled my mind, And smiling day once more appears, When darkness long has veiled my mind, And smiling day once more appears, Then, my Redeemer, then I find The folly of my doubts and fears. Straight I upbraid my wandering heart, And blush that I should ever be Thus prone to […]

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

My soul is sad, and much dismayed; See, Lord, what legions of my foes My soul is sad, and much dismayed; See, Lord, what legions of my foes With fierce Apollyon at their head, My heavenly pilgrimage oppose! See, from the ever-burning lake, How like a smoky cloud they rise! With horrid blasts my soul […]

Looking Upwards in a Storm

God of my life, to thee I call, Afflicted at thy feet I fall; God of my life, to thee I call, Afflicted at thy feet I fall; When the great water-floods prevail, Leave not my trembling heart to fail! Friend of the friendless and the faint, Where should I lodge my deep complaint? Where […]

Temptation

The billows swell, the winds are high, Clouds overcast my wintry sky; The billows swell, the winds are high, Clouds overcast my wintry sky; Out of the depths to thee I call,– My fears are great, my strength is small. O Lord, the pilot's part perform, And guard and guide me through the storm; Defend […]

Afflictions Sanctified by the Word

Oh, how I love thy holy word, Thy gracious covenant, O Lord! Oh, how I love thy holy word, Thy gracious covenant, O Lord! It guides me in the peaceful way; I think upon it all the day. What are the mines of shining wealth, The strength of youth, the bloom of health! What are […]

Welcome Cross

'Tis my happiness below Not to live without the cross, 'Tis my happiness below Not to live without the cross, But the Saviour's power to know, Sanctifying every loss: Trials must and will befall; But with humble faith to see Love inscribed upon them all, This is happiness to me. God in Israel sows the […]

Light Shining out of Darkness

God moves in a mysterious way        His wonders to perform; God moves in a mysterious way        His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea,        And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines        Of never-failing skill, He treasures up his bright designs,        And works his sovereign will. […]

Seeking the Beloved

To those who know the Lord I speak;       Is my Beloved near? To those who know the Lord I speak;       Is my Beloved near? The Bridegroom of my soul I seek,       Oh! when will he appear? Though once a man of grief and shame,       Yet now he fills a throne, And […]

The Waiting Soul

Breathe from the gentle south, O Lord,       And cheer me from the north; Breathe from the gentle south, O Lord,       And cheer me from the north; Blow on the treasures of thy word,       And call the spices forth! I wish, thou know'st, to be resigned,       And wait with patient hope; But […]

The Shining Light

My former hopes are fled, My terror now begins;       My former hopes are fled,       My terror now begins; I feel, alas! that I am dead       In trespasses and sins.       Ah, whither shall I fly?       I hear the thunder roar; The law proclaims destruction nigh,       And vengeance at the door. […]

On the Death of a Minister

His master taken from his head,       Elisha saw him go; His master taken from his head,       Elisha saw him go; And in desponding accents said,       "Ah, what must Israel do?" But he forgot the Lord, who lifts       The beggar to the throne; Nor knew that all Elijah's gifts       Would soon […]

The Light and Glory of the Word

The Spirit breathes upon the Word,       And brings the truth to sight; The Spirit breathes upon the Word,       And brings the truth to sight; Precepts and promises afford       A sanctifying light. A glory gilds the sacred page,       Majestic like the sun; It gives a light to every age,       It gives, […]

Exhortation to Prayer

What various hindrances we meet In coming to a mercy-seat! What various hindrances we meet In coming to a mercy-seat! Yet who that knows the worth of prayer But wishes to be often there? Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw, Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw, Gives exercise to faith and love, Brings every blessing […]

Jesus Hastening to Suffer

The Saviour, what a noble flame       Was kindled in his breast, The Saviour, what a noble flame       Was kindled in his breast, When hasting to Jerusalem,       He marched before the rest! Good will to men, and zeal for God,       His every thought engross; He longs to be baptized with blood,       […]

Welcome to the Table

This is the feast of heavenly wine,       And God invites to sup; This is the feast of heavenly wine,       And God invites to sup; The juices of the living Vine       Were pressed to fill the cup. Oh! bless the Savior, ye that eat,       With royal dainties fed; Not heaven affords a […]

On Opening a Place for Social Prayer

Jesus! where'er thy people meet, There they behold thy mercy-seat; Jesus! where'er thy people meet, There they behold thy mercy-seat; Where'er they seek thee, thou art found, And every place is hallowed ground. For thou, within no walls confined, Inhabitest the humble mind; Such ever bring thee where they come, And going, take thee to […]

Jehovah Jesus

My song shall bless the Lord of all, My praise shall climb to his abode; My song shall bless the Lord of all, My praise shall climb to his abode; Thee, Saviour, by that name I call, The great Supreme, the Mighty God. Without beginning or decline, Object of faith and not of sense; Eternal […]

Prayer for Children

Gracious Lord, our children see, By thy mercy we are free; Gracious Lord, our children see, By thy mercy we are free; But shall these, alas! remain Subjects still of Satan's reign? Israel's young ones, when of old Pharaoh threatened to withhold, Then thy messenger said, "No; Let the children also go!" When the angel […]

Pleading for and with Youth

Sin has undone our wretched race;       But Jesus has restored, Sin has undone our wretched race;       But Jesus has restored, And brought the sinner face to face       With his forgiving Lord. This we repeat from year to year,       And press upon our youth; Lord, give them an attentive ear,       Lord, […]

Prayer for a Blessing on the Young

Bestow, dear Lord, upon our youth,       The gift of saving grace; Bestow, dear Lord, upon our youth,       The gift of saving grace; And let the seed of sacred truth       Fall in a fruitful place. Grace is a plant, where'er it grows,       Of pure and heavenly root; But fairest in the youngest […]

Sardis

"Write to Sardis," saith the Lord, "And write what he declares,

Old Testament Gospel

Israel in ancient days Not only had a view Heb. 4:2       Israel in ancient days       Not only had a view       Of Sinai in a blaze,       But learned the Gospel too; The types and figures were a glass, In which they saw a Saviour's face.       The paschal sacrifice       And blood-besprinkled […]

Contentment

Fierce passions discompose the mind,       As tempests vex the sea; Phil. 4:11 Fierce passions discompose the mind,       As tempests vex the sea; But calm content and peace we find,       When, Lord, we turn to thee. In vain by reason and by rule       We try to bend the will; For none but […]

Lovest Thou Me?

Hark, my soul! it is the Lord; 'Tis thy Saviour, hear his word; John 21:16 Hark, my soul! it is the Lord; 'Tis thy Saviour, hear his word; Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee, "Say, poor sinner, lovest thou me? "I delivered thee when bound, And when bleeding, healed thy wound; Sought thee wandering, set […]

The House of Prayer

Thy mansion is the Christian's heart, O Lord, thy dwelling-place secure! Mark 11:17 Thy mansion is the Christian's heart, O Lord, thy dwelling-place secure! Bid the unruly throng depart, And leave the consecrated door. Devoted as it is to thee, A thievish swarm frequents the place; They steal away my joys from me, And rob […]

The Sower

Ye sons of earth, prepare the plough,       Break up your fallow-ground; Matt. 13:3 Ye sons of earth, prepare the plough,       Break up your fallow-ground; The sower is gone forth to sow,       And scatter blessings round. The seed that finds a stony soil       Shoots forth a hasty blade; But ill repays the […]

Praise for the Fountain Opened

There is a fountain filled with blood       Drawn from Emmanuel's veins; Zechariah 13:1 There is a fountain filled with blood       Drawn from Emmanuel's veins; And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,       Lose all their guilty stains. The dying thief rejoiced to see       That fountain in his day; And there have I, as […]

Jehovah-Shammah

"As birds their infant brood protect, And spread their wings to shelter them, Ezek. 48:35 "As birds their infant brood protect, And spread their wings to shelter them, (Thus saith the LORD to his elect,) So will I guard Jerusalem." And what then is Jerusalem, This darling object of his care? Where is its worth […]

The Covenant

The Lord proclaims his grace abroad! "Behold, I change your hearts of stone; Ezek. 36:25-28 The Lord proclaims his grace abroad! "Behold, I change your hearts of stone; Each shall renounce his idol-god, And serve, henceforth, the Lord alone. "My grace, a flowing stream, proceeds To wash your filthiness away; Ye shall abhor your former […]

Ephraim Repenting

My God! till I received thy stroke,       How like a beast was I! Jer. 31:18-20 My God! till I received thy stroke,       How like a beast was I! So unaccustomed to the yoke,       So backward to comply. With grief my just reproach I bear,       Shame fills me at the thought; How […]

Jehovah Our Righteousness

My God! how perfect are thy ways!       But mine polluted are; Jer. 23:6 My God! how perfect are thy ways!       But mine polluted are; Sin twines itself about my praise,       And slides into my prayer. When I would speak what thou hast done       To save me from my sin, I cannot […]

The Future Peace and Glory of the Church

Hear what God the Lord hath spoken:      "O my people, faint and few, Isaiah 60:15-20 Hear what God the Lord hath spoken:       "O my people, faint and few, Comfortless, afflicted, broken,       Fair abodes I build for you. Thorns of heartfelt tribulation       Shall no more perplex your ways: You shall name your […]

The Contrite Heart

The Lord will happiness divine       On contrite hearts bestow; Isaiah 57: 15 The Lord will happiness divine       On contrite hearts bestow; Then tell me, gracious God, is mine       A contrite heart, or no? I hear, but seem to hear in vain,       Insensible as steel; If aught is felt, 'tis only pain, […]

O Lord, I Will Praise Thee

I will praise thee every day Now thine anger's turned away; Isaiah 12:1 I will praise thee every day Now thine anger's turned away; Comfortable thoughts arise From the bleeding sacrifice. Here, in the fair Gospel-field, Wells of free salvation yield Streams of life, a plenteous store, And my soul shall thirst no more. Jesus […]

Vanity of the World

God gives his mercies to be spent; "Your hoard will do your soul no good; God gives his mercies to be spent; "Your hoard will do your soul no good; Gold is a blessing only lent, Repaid by giving others food. The world's esteem is but a bribe, To buy their peace you fell your […]

Jehovah-Shalom

Jesus! whose blood so freely streamed To satisfy the law's demand; The Lord Send Peace Judges 6:24 Jesus! whose blood so freely streamed To satisfy the law's demand; By thee from guilt and wrath redeemed, Before the Father's face I stand. To reconcile offending man, Make Justice drop her angry rod; What creature could have […]

Jehovah-Nissi

By whom was David taught, To aim the dreadful blow, The Lord My Banner Exod. 17:15       By whom was David taught,       To aim the dreadful blow,       When he Goliath fought,       And laid the Gittite low? Nor sword nor spear the stripling took, But chose a pebble from the brook.       'Twas […]

Jehovah-Rophi

Heal us, Emmanuel! here we are,       Waiting to feel thy touch; I Am the Lord That Healeth Thee Exod. 15:26 Heal us, Emmanuel! here we are,       Waiting to feel thy touch; Deep wounded souls to thee repair,       And, Saviour we are such. Our faith is feeble, we confess,       We faintly trust […]

Stanzas on Death III

He lives who lives to God alone,       And all are dead beside; For the year 1793 He lives who lives to God alone,       And all are dead beside; For other source than God is none       Whence life can be supplied. To live to God is to requite       His love as best […]

Stanzas on Death II

Thankless for favours from on high,       Man thinks he fades too soon; For the year 1792 Thankless for favours from on high,       Man thinks he fades too soon; Though ’tis his privilege to die,       Would he improve the boon. But he, not wise enough to scan       His blest concerns aright, Would […]

Stanzas on Death

“O most delightful hour by man       Experienced here below, For the year 1789 “O most delightful hour by man       Experienced here below, The hour that terminates his span,       His folly and his woe! “Worlds should not bribe me back to tread       Again life’s dreary waste, To see again my day o’erspread […]

A Tale, Founded on a Fact

Which happened in January, 1779   Where Humber pours his rich commercial stream There dwelt a wretch, who breathed but to blaspheme; In subterraneous caves his life he led, Black as the mine in which he wrought for bread. When on a day, emerging from the deep, A Sabbath-day (such Sabbaths thousands keep!) The wages […]

A Fable

’Tis Providence alone secures In every change both mine and yours; A raven, while with glossy breast Her new-laid eggs she fondly press’d, And, on her wicker-work high mounted, Her chickens prematurely counted, (A fault philosophers might blame, If quite exempted from the same,) Enjoy’d at ease the genial day; ’Twas April, as the bumpkins […]

A Comparison

The lapse of time and rivers is the same, Both speed their journey with a restless stream, The lapse of time and rivers is the same, Both speed their journey with a restless stream. The silent pace, with which they steal away No wealth can bribe, no prayers persuade to stay. Alike irrevocable both when […]

The Love of the World Reproved

"Renounce the world!" the preacher cries. "We do!" a multitude replies. Or, Hypocrisy Detected Thus says the prophet of the Turk, Good Mussulman, abstain from pork; There is a part in every swine No friend or follower of mine May taste, whate’er his inclination, On pain of excommunication. Such Mahomet’s mysterious charge, And thus he […]