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"In whom all Fulness Dwells."
Oh, this peace of Jesus passeth
All the world can give or know, All the fairest day-dreams gilded
With earth's most brilliant glow.
The Name of Jesus bringeth
To testify to others
Of Him who died for me ;
Him, whom my heart hath chosen,
Its Shepherd, Priest, and King, Who of His fulness giveth,
Love, light, and everything.
Praying in Secret.
PRAYING IN SECRET.
I NEED not leave the jostling world,
There is a voiceless cloistered room
Where, though my feet may join the throng,
When I have banished wayward thought,
No human step approaching breaks
No shadow steals across the light
One listening, even, cannot know
When I have crossed the threshold o'er, For He alone who hears my prayer
Has heard the shutting of the door.
"BLESSED ARE THEY WHICH DO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED." Matt. v. 6.
EVEN to-day, the Lord of life and glory
Waits to answer when His people call;
O'er thy pathway cold and dark and drear?
Art thou "thirsty?" Dost thou ask for water,
And already murmured sounds of blessing
Matthew V. 6.
While thou art thy many sins confessing,
He hath said, thou shalt be "cleansed," and
Doth He sell this "bread of life," or "water?"
Seeth He aught of worthiness in thee?
Nay! 'tis a "free gift." Each son and daughter
Let not Satan bind thy faith, nor fetter
Down the trust which God doth freely give,
Living faith, which claims Him as thy Saviour,
Canst thou trust Him with thy soul, my brother?
Thou mayst think more worthy of His love?
"Let not your Heart be Troubled."
Nay! Thy God is "reconciled," and willing
To receive thee-write thee down "forgiven," And, the anguish of thy spirit stilling,
Make thee meet for earth, and meet for Heaven. With the white robe of His love around thee,
Resting on His mighty arm of power,
Breaking all the chains that once had bound thee, Thou mayst glorify thy Lord, each hour.
A. B. T.
"LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED."
The world has words of evil
One may not choose but hear;
For every line of safety
It has a rhyme of fear.
Yet on the ear that listens,
The Teacher's words may fall,
The brightest day may darken