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Our life contains a thousand springs,
And dies if one be gone.
Strange! that a harp of thousand strings
Should keep in tune so long.
- Hymns and Spiritual Songs
(bk. II, hymn XIX) [Life]
Hark! from the tombs a doleful sound.
- Hymns and Spiritual Songs--Funeral Thoughts
(bk. II, vol. IX, hymn 63)
[Death : Graves : Sound]
How fine has the day been! how bright was the sun,
How lovely and joyful the course that he run!
Though he rose in a mist when his race he begun,
And there followed some droppings of rain:
But now the fair traveller's come to the west,
His rays are all gold, and his beauties are best;
He paints the skies gay as he sinks to his rest,
And foretells a bright rising again.
- Moral Songs--A Summer Evening [Sunset]
'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain,
"You have waked me too soon, I must slumber again."
As the door on its hinges, so he on his bed,
Turns his sides and his shoulders and his heavy head.
"A little more sleep, and a little more slumber;"
Thus he wastes half his days, and his hours without number,
And when he gets up, he sits folding his hands,
Or walks about sauntering, or trifling he stands.
- Moral Songs--The Sluggard (l. 1)
[Idleness : Sleep]
What heavy guilt upon him lies!
How cursed is his name!
The ravens shall pick out his eyes,
And eagles eat the same.
- Obedience [Punishment]
Whene'er I take my walks abroad.
How many poor I see!
- Praise for Mercies [Poverty]
How glad the heathens would have been,
That worship idols, wood and stone,
If they the book God had seen.
- Praise for the Gospel [Scripture]
Let not soft slumber close your eyes,
Before you've collected thrice
The train of action through the day!
Where have my feet chose out their way?
What have I learnt, where'er I've been,
From all I've heard, from all I've seen?
What have I more that's worth the knowing?
What have I done that's worth the doing?
What have I sought that I should shun?
What duty have I left undone,
Or into what new follies run?
These self-inquiries are the road
That lead to virtue and to God.
- Self Examination [Self-examination]
And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
- Song XV [Lying]
When I can read my title clear
To mansions in the skies,
I'll bid farewell to every fear,
And wipe my weeping eyes.
- Songs and Hymns (bk. II, no. 65)
Fairest of all the lights above,
Thou sun, whose beams adorn the spheres,
And with unwearied swiftness move,
To form the circles of our years.
- Sun, Moon and Stars, Praise Ye the Lord
How fair is the Rose! what a beautiful flower.
The glory of April and May!
But the leaves are beginning to fade in an hour,
And they wither and die in a day.
Yet the Rose has one powerful virtue to boast,
Above all the flowers of the field;
When its leaves are all dead, and fine colours are lost,
Still how sweet a perfume it will yield!
- The Rose [Roses]
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