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AMONG the deepest shades of night,
Can there be one who sees my way? Yes; God is like a shining light,
That turns the darkness into day.
When every eye around me sleeps,
May I not sin without control? No; for a constant watch he keeps
On every thought of every soul.
If I could find some cave unknown,
Where human feet had never trod, Yet there I could not be alone;
On every side there would be God.
He smiles in heaven; he frowns in hell;
He fills the air, the earth, the sea :
Yet I may flee-he shows me where:
TO JESUS CHRIST he bids me fly; And while I seek for pardon there,
There's only mercy in his eye.
TAYLOR. CHRIST OUR EXAMPLE.
JESUS CHRIST, my Lord and Saviour,
Once became a child like me; O that in my whole behaviour
He my pattern still might be.
All my nature is unholy;
Pride and passion dwell within ; But the Lord was meek and lowly,
And was never known to sin.
While I'm often vainly trying
Some new pleasure to possess, He was always self-denying,
Patient in his worst distress.
Let me never be forgetful
Of his precepts any more; Idle, passionate, and fretful,
As I've often been before.
Lord, though now thou art in glory,
We have thine example still : I can read thy sacred story,
And obey thy holy will.
Help me by that rule to measure
Every word and every thought;
TAYLOR. TEACHING FROM THE STARS.
STARs, that on your wondrous way
Travel through the evening sky, Is there nothing you can say
To such a little child as I ? Tell me, for I long to know, Who has made you sparkle so ? Yes, methinks I hear you say,
“Child of mortal race, attend; “ While we run our wondrous
way, “Listen; we would be your friend ; Teaching you that Name Divine, “By whose mighty word we shine.
“Child, as truly as we roll
“Through the dark and distant sky, “ You have an immortal soul,
“ Born to live when we shall die. “Suns and planets pass away: “Spirits never can decay.
“When some thousand years, at most,
“ All their little time have spent, “One by one our sparkling host
Shall forsake the firmament. “We shall from our glory fall; “ You must live beyond us all.
“ Yes, and God, who bade us roll,
“GOD, who hung us in the sky,
“Stoops to watch an infant's soul
“With a condescending eye;
“O then, while your breath is given,
“To receive your spirit there,
JESUS CHRIST is risen to-day,
Hymns of praises let us sing,
But the pains which he endured,
PART THE SECOND.
THE LAST MINSTREL.
The way was long, the wind was cold,