374 HARMONY GROVE. L.M.
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H. K. OLIVER.
1. My God, ac - cept my ear - ly vows, Like morning incense in thy house,
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And let my night ly wor - ship rise Sweet as the even-ing sac - ri - fice.
Early Vows. L. M.
I My God, accept my early vows,
Like morning incense in thy house,
And let my nightly worship rise
Sweet as the evening sacrifice.
2 Watch o'er my lips, and guard them, Lord,
From every rash and heedless word;
Nor let my feet incline to tread
The guilty path where sinners lead.
3 O, may the righteous, when I stray,
Smite, and reprove my wand'ring way!
Their gentle words, like ointment shed,
Shall never bruise, but cheer my head.
4 When I behold them pressed with grief,
I'll cry to heaven for their relief;
And by my warm petitions prove
How much I prize their faithful love.
I How do thy mercies close me round!
Forever be thy name ador'd :
I blush in all things to abound;
The servant is above his Lord!
2 Inur'd to poverty and pain,
A suff'ring life my Master led ;
The Son of God, the Son of man,
He had not where to lay his head.
3 But, lo! a place he hath prepar'd
For me, whom watchful angels keep;
Yea, he himself becomes my guard;
He smoothes my bed, and gives me sleep.
4 Jesus protects; my fears, begone!
What can the rock of ages move!
Safe in thy arms I lay me down,
Thy everlasting arms of love.
376 C. M.
How frail I am. Psalm xxxix.
[ Tune, Maitland, page 178. C. M.]
I Teach me the measure of my days,
Thou Maker of my frame :
I would survey life's narrow space,
And learn how frail I am.
2 A span is all that we can boast,
An inch or two of time :
Man is but vanity and dust,
In all his flower and prime.
3 What should I wish, or wait for, then,
From creatures, earth, and dust?
They make our expectations vain
And disappoint our trust.
4 Now I forbid my carnal hope,
My fond desires recall;
I give my mortal interest up,
And make my God my all.