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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]