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Jesus has set the weary prisoner free,
Winter is over, through the joyous world
“WHEN thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”—Isaiah xliii. 2.
PROUDLY floats the noble bark,
As the waters gently lave,
Scarce a ripple o'er the wave.
But the calm portends a blast,
Tells of danger lurking nigh;
'Twas the stormy petrel's cry. Furl the sails, ye seamen brave, Lest ye find a watery grave.
Sinner ! thou also hast a suit to plead
seat, Pleads a full pardon; while the gracious hand That leads thee, bears a mark which tells of
sin Pardon'd and cancell’d-justice satisfied. That pierced hand can ne'er be rais'd in vain, A Father's yearning heart will not refuse His only Son, His well-beloved One ! Thy suit is heard, for Jesus must prevail.
DESPAIR, AND ITS REMEDY.
“Having no hope, and without God in the world.” — Ephesians ii. 12.
“The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head, there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores.”—Isaiah i. 5. 6.
“Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?"-Jeremiah viii. 22.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”-Isaiah i, 18.
“Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”—Matthew xi. 28.
HOPE! there is none for me, not one bright ray
On it comes, the sweeping blast,
But the proud ship bears it well; Though the spray bedew her mast
As the raging billows swell;
Christian sailor, fear the calm,
Dread the smooth, unruffled sea, Though it seem a false alarm,
There is danger nigh to thee. Close the portholes, watch and pray, Keep a look-out night and day.
Now the tempest's furious sweep
Dashes o'er the mast and sail, ’Mid the yawning billows deep
Disappears the vessel frail ;-