Advice to Youth

Now in the heat of youthful blood Remember your Creator God: Or, Old Age and Death in an Unconverted State Eccl. 12:1,7; Isa. 45:20 Now in the heat of youthful blood Remember your Creator God: Behold, the months come hast’ning on, When you shall say, "My joys are gone!" Behold, the aged sinner goes, Laden […]

Life the Day of Grace and Hope

Life is the time to serve the Lord, The time t’ insure the great reward; Eccl. 9:4-6,10 Life is the time to serve the Lord, The time t’ insure the great reward; And while the lamp holds out to burn, The vilest sinner may return. Life is the hour that God has giv’n To ‘scape […]

An Evening Hymn

Thus far the Lord has led me on, Thus far his power prolongs my days; Psalm 4:8; 3:5,6; 148:8 Thus far the Lord has led me on, Thus far his power prolongs my days; And every evening shall make known Some fresh memorial of his grace. Much of my time has run to waste, And […]

A Morning Hymn

God of the morning! at whose voice The cheerful sun makes haste to rise, Psa. 19:5,8; 73:24,25 God of the morning! at whose voice The cheerful sun makes haste to rise, And like a giant doth rejoice To run his journey through the skies. From the fair chambers of the east The circuit of his […]

Baptism

‘Twas the commission of our Lord, "Go teach the nations, and baptize:" Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38 ‘Twas the commission of our Lord, "Go teach the nations, and baptize:" The nations have received the word Since he ascended to the skies. He sits upon th’ eternal hills, With grace and pardon in his hands; And sends […]

Submission to Afflictive Providences

Naked as from the earth we came, And crept to life at first, Job 1:21 Naked as from the earth we came, And crept to life at first, We to the earth return again, And mingle with our dust. The dear delights we here enjoy, And fondly call our own, Are but short favors borrowed […]

The Christian Race

Awake, our souls; away, our fears, Let every trembling thought begone; Isa. 40:28-31 Awake, our souls; away, our fears, Let every trembling thought begone; Awake, and run the heav’nly race, And put a cheerful courage on. True, ’tis a strait and thorny road, And mortal spirits tire and faint; But they forget the mighty God, […]

The Christian’s Treasure

How vast the treasure we possess! How rich thy bounty, King of grace! 1 Cor. 3:21 How vast the treasure we possess! How rich thy bounty, King of grace! This world is ours, and worlds to come; Earth is our lodge, and heav’n our home. All things are ours: the gifts of God; The purchase […]

God’s Tender Care of His Church

Now shall my inward joys arise, And burst into a song; Isa. 49:13ff Now shall my inward joys arise, And burst into a song; Almighty love inspires my heart, And pleasure tunes my tongue. God on his thirsty Zion hill Some mercy drops has thrown, And solemn oaths have bound his love To shower salvation […]

The Universal Law of Equity

Blessed Redeemer, how divine, How righteous is this rule of thine! Matt. 8:12 Blessed Redeemer, how divine, How righteous is this rule of thine! "To do to all men just the same As we expect or wish from them." This golden lesson, short and plain, Gives not the mind nor mem’ry pain; And every conscience […]

A Lovely Carriage

Matt. 10:16 O 'tis a lovely thing to see    A man of prudent heart, Whose thoughts, and lips, and life agree    To act a useful part. When envy, strife, and wars begin    In little angry souls, Mark how the sons of peace come in,    And quench the kindling coals. Their minds […]

Truth, Sincerity, Etc.

Let those who bear the Christian name Their holy vows fulfil; Phil. 4:8 Let those who bear the Christian name Their holy vows fulfil; The saints, the followers of the Lamb, Are men of honor still. True to the solemn oaths they take, Though to their hurt they swear; Constant and just to all they […]

Absurdity of Infidelity

Shall atheists dare insult the cross Of our Redeemer, God? 1 Cor. 1:26-31 Shall atheists dare insult the cross    Of our Redeemer, God? Shall infidels reproach his laws,    Or trample on his blood? What if he choose mysterious ways    To cleanse us from our faults? May not the works of sovereign grace […]

The Christian’s Hidden Life

O happy soul that lives on high While men lie grov’lling here Col. 3:3 O happy soul that lives on high While men lie grov’lling here His hopes are fixed above the sky, And faith forbids his fear. His conscience knows no secret stings, While peace and joy combine To form a life whose holy […]

Flesh and Spirit

What vain desires and passions vain Attend this mortal clay! Rom. 8:1 What vain desires and passions vain Attend this mortal clay! Oft have they pierced my soul with pain, And drawn my heart astray. How have I wandered from my God! And, following sin and shame, In this vile world of flesh and blood […]

Unfruitfulness, Ignorance, and Unsanctified Affections

Long have I sat beneath the sound Of thy salvation, Lord; Long have I sat beneath the sound Of thy salvation, Lord; But still how weak my faith is found, And knowledge of thy word! Oft I frequent thy holy place, And hear almost in vain; How small a portion of thy grace My memory […]

Complaint of Desertion and Temptations

Dear Lord! behold our sore distress; Our sins attempt to reign; Dear Lord! behold our sore distress; Our sins attempt to reign; Stretch out thine arm of conquering grace, And let thy foes be slain. The lion with his dreadful roar Affrights thy feeble sheep: Reveal the glory of thy power, And chain him to […]

Satan’s Devices

Now Satan comes with dreadful roar And threatens to destroy; Now Satan comes with dreadful roar And threatens to destroy; He worries whom he can’t devour With a malicious joy. Ye sons of God, oppose his rage, Resist, and he’ll begone; Thus did our dearest Lord engage And vanquish him alone. Now he appears almost […]

Presumption and Despair

I hate the tempter and his charms, I hate his flatt’ring breath; Or, Satan’s Various Temptations I hate the tempter and his charms, I hate his flatt’ring breath; The serpent takes a thousand forms To cheat our souls to death. He feeds our hopes with airy dreams, Or kills with slavish fear; And holds us […]

Our Own Weakness, and Christ Our Strength

Let me but hear my Savior say, "Strength shall be equal to thy day," 2 Cor. 12:7,9,10 Let me but hear my Savior say, "Strength shall be equal to thy day," Then I rejoice in deep distress, Leaning on all-sufficient grace. I glory in infirmity, That Christ’s own power may rest on me: When I […]

Characters of the Children of God

So new-born babes desire the breast, To feed, and grow, and thrive; So new-born babes desire the breast, To feed, and grow, and thrive; So saints with joy the gospel taste, And by the gospel live. With inward gust their heart approves All that the word relates; They love the men their Father loves, And […]

Saints in the Hands of Christ

Firm as the earth thy gospel stands, My Lord, my hope, my trust; Jn. 10:28,29 Firm as the earth thy gospel stands, My Lord, my hope, my trust; If I am found in Jesus’ hands, My soul can ne’er be lost. His honor is engaged to save The meanest of his sheep; All that his […]

Religion Vain Without Love

Had I the tongues of Greeks and Jews, And nobler speech, that angels use, 1 Cor. 13:1-3 Had I the tongues of Greeks and Jews, And nobler speech, that angels use, If love be absent, I am found, Like tinkling brass, an empty sound. Were I inspired to preach and tell All that is done […]

Love and Charity

Let Pharisees of high esteem Their faith and zeal declare, 1 Cor. 13:2-7, 13 Let Pharisees of high esteem Their faith and zeal declare, All their religion is a dream, If love be wanting there. Love suffers long with patient eye, Nor is provoked in haste; She lets the present injury die, And long forgets […]

Holiness and Grace

O let our lips and lives express The holy gospel we profess; Titus 2:10-13 O let our lips and lives express The holy gospel we profess; So let our works and virtues shine, To prove the doctrine all divine. Thus shall we best proclaim abroad The honors of our Savior God; When the salvation reigns […]

Love and Hatred

Now by the bowels of my God, His sharp distress, his sore complaints, Phil. 2:2; Eph. 4:30 Now by the bowels of my God, His sharp distress, his sore complaints, By his last groans, his dying blood, I charge my soul to love the saints. Clamor, and wrath, and war, begone, Envy and spite, for […]

Submission and Deliverance

Saints, at your heav’nly Father’s word Give up your comforts to the Lord; Or, Abraham Offering up His Son Gen. 22:6, etc. Saints, at your heav’nly Father’s word Give up your comforts to the Lord; He shall restore what you resign, Or grant you blessings more divine. So Abram with obedient hand Led forth his […]

The Apostles’ Commission

"O preach my gospel," saith the Lord, "Bid the whole earth my grace receive; Mark 16:15ff; Matt. 28:18ff "O preach my gospel," saith the Lord, "Bid the whole earth my grace receive; He shall be saved that trusts my word, He shall be damned that won’t believe. "I’ll make your great commission known, And ye […]

Charity and Uncharitableness

Not diff’rent food, or diff’rent dress, Compose the kingdom of our Lord; Rom. 14:17,19; 1 Cor. 10:32 Not diff’rent food, or diff’rent dress, Compose the kingdom of our Lord; But peace, and joy, and righteousness, Faith, and obedience to his word. When weaker Christians we despise, We do the gospel mighty wrong; For God, the […]

Believers Buried With Christ in Baptism

Do we not know that solemn word, That we are buried with the Lord, Rom. 6:3,4,etc. Do we not know that solemn word, That we are buried with the Lord, Baptized into his death, and then Put off the body of our sin? Our souls receive diviner breath, Raised from corruption, guilt, and death; So […]

A State of Nature and of Grace

Not the malicious or profane, The wanton or the proud, 1 Cor. 6:10, 11. Not the malicious or profane, The wanton or the proud, Nor thieves, nor sland’rers, shall obtain The kingdom of our God. Surprising grace! and such were we By nature and by sin, Heirs of immortal misery, Unholy and unclean. But we […]

The Blessedness of the Gospel Times

How beauteous are their feet Who stand on Zion’s hill! Isa. 52:2,7-10; Mt. 13:16,17. How beauteous are their feet Who stand on Zion’s hill! Who bring salvation on their tongues, And words of peace reveal! How charming is their voice! How sweet the tidings are! "Zion, behold thy Savior King; He reigns and triumphs here." […]

Against Scoffing and Calling Names

Our tongues were made to bless the Lord, And not speak ill of men: Our tongues were made to bless the Lord, And not speak ill of men: When others give a railing word, We must not rail again. Cross words and angry names require To be chastised at school; And he’s in danger of […]

Against Quarreling and Fighting

Let dogs delight to bark and bite, For God hath made them so:        Let dogs delight to bark and bite, For God hath made them so: Let bears and lions growl and fight, For ’tis their nature, too. But, children, you should never let Such angry passions rise: Your little hands were never […]

Against Lying

O ’tis a lovely thing for youth To early walk in wisdom’s way;        O ’tis a lovely thing for youth To early walk in wisdom’s way; To fear a lie, to speak the truth, That we may trust to all they say! But liars we can never trust, Even when they say what […]

Against Idleness and Mischief

How doth the little busy Bee Improve each shining Hour,       How doth the little busy Bee Improve each shining Hour, And gather Honey all the day From every opening Flower! How skilfully she builds her Cell! How neat she spreads the Wax! And labours hard to store it well With the sweet Food […]