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“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;-
Jesus is thy pilot wise,
Christian, fear not, He is near;
He thy feeble bark shall steer,
PAUL THE AGED. “YET for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ."-Philemon, ver. 9.
SEE in yon lonely prison cell