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CHARITY. ­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________ Qua nihil majus meliusve terris Fata donavêre, bonique divi; Nec dabunt, quamvis redeant in aurum Tempora priscum. —Hor. Lib. iv. Ode 2. ­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________ Fairest and foremost of the train that wait On man’s most dignified and happiest state, Whether we nam... Read More

Exhortation to Prayer

What various hindrances we meet In coming to a mercy-seat! Yet who that knows the worth of pray'r, But wishes to be often there? Pray'r makes the dark'ned cloud withdraw, Pray'r climbs the ladder Jacob saw; Gives exercise to faith and love, Brings ev'ry blessing from above. Restraining pray'r, we ce... Read More


EXPOSTULATION. ­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________ Tantane, tam patiens, nullo certamine tolli Dona sines? —Virg. ­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________ Why, weeps the muse for England? What appears In England’s case to move the muse to tears? From side to side of her delightful isle Is she not clothed with a perpetual sm... Read More

Grace and Providence

Almighty King! whose wond'rous 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 nourish'd by thy word, Let soul and body praise the LORD. My stre... Read More


HOPE. ­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________ ….Doceas iter, et sacra ostia pandas.—Virg. Aen. 6. ­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________ Ask what is human life—the sage replies, With disappointment lowering in his eyes, A painful passage o’er a restless flood, A vain pursuit of fugitive false good, A scene of fancied bliss an... Read More


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 ages saw him shine, He shines eternal ages hence. As much, when in the manger laid... Read More

Light Shining Out of Darkness

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. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread... Read More

On Opening a Place for Social Prayer

Jesus, where'er thy people meet, There they behold thy mercy-seat; Where'er they seek thee thou art found, And ev'ry place is hallow'd ground. For thou, within no walls confin'd, Inhabitest the humble mind; Such ever bring thee, where they come, And going, take thee to their home. Dear Shepherd of t... Read More

Peace After a Storm

1 When darkness long has veil'd my mind, And smiling day once more appears; Then, my Redeemer, then I find The folly of my doubts and fears. 2 Straight I upbraid my wand'ring heart, And blush that I should ever be Thus prone to act so base a part, Or harbour one hard thought of thee! 3 Oh ! let me t... Read More


1. Dear Lord! accept a sinful heart, Which of itself complains, And mourns, with much and frequent smart, The evil it contains. 2 There fiery seeds of anger lurk, Which often hurt my frame; And wait but for the tempter's work, To fan them to a flame. 3 Legality holds out a bribe To purchase life fro... Read More

The Heart Healed and Changed by Mercy

Sin enslav'd me many years, And led me bound and blind; Till at length a thousand fears Came swarming o'er my mind. Where, I said in deep distress, Will these sinful pleasures end? How shall I secure my peace, And make the LORD my friend? Friends and ministers said much The gospel to enforce; But my... Read More

The Life of William Cowper

William Cowper was born on the 26th of November 1731, at Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, of which village his father, the Rev. John Cowper, was rector. He was of noble ancestry, and many of his immediate relatives moved in the upper ranks of life. His mother, Ann Donne, a daughter of Roger Donne, Esq.... Read More

The Progress of Error

THE PROGRESS OF ERROR. Sing, muse (if such a theme, so dark, so long May find a muse to grace it with a song), By what unseen and unsuspected arts The serpent Error twines round human hearts; Tell where she lurks, beneath what flowery shades, That not a glimpse of genuine light pervades, The poisono... Read More


TRUTH. Man, on the dubious waves of error toss’d, His ship half founder’d, and his compass lost, Sees, far as human optics may command, A sleeping fog, and fancies it dry land; Spreads all his canvas, every sinew plies; Pants for it, aims at it, enters it, and dies! Then farewell all self-satisfying... Read More

Walking With God

(Gen. v, 24) Oh! for a closer walk with GOD, A calm and heav'nly frame; A light to shine upon the road That leads me to the Lamb! Where is the blessedness I knew When first I saw the LORD? Where is the soul-refreshing view Of JESUS, and his word? What peaceful hours I once enjoy'd How sweet their me... Read More


TRUTH. ''''''''''''_____________ Pensantur trutin'-Hor. Lib. ii. Ep. 1. ''''''''''''_____________ Man, on the dubious waves of error toss'd, His ship half founder'd, and his compass lost, Sees, far as human optics may command, A sleeping fog, and fancies it dry land; Spreads all his canvas, every si... Read More

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