After considering some of his Friends.
1 WHY do the Deeds of happier Men
2 Into a Mind return,
3 Which can, opprest by Bands of Sloth,
4 With no such Ardors burn?
5 GOD of my Life and all my Pow'rs,
6 The Everlasting Friend!
7 Shall Life so favour'd in its Dawn,
8 Be fruitless in its End?
9 To Thee, O Lord, my tender Years
10 A trembling Duty paid,
11 With Glimpses of the mighty GOD
12 Delighted and afraid.
13 From Parents' Eye, and Paths of Men,
14 Thy Touch I ran to meet;
15 It swell'd the Hymn, and seal'd the Pray'r,
16 'Twas calm, and strange, and sweet!
17 Oft when beneath the Work of Sin
18 Trembling and dark I stood,
19 And felt the Edge of eager Thought,
20 And felt the kindling Blood:
21 Thy Dew came down — my Heart was Thine,
22 It knew nor Doubt nor Strife;
23 Cool now and peaceful as the Grave,
24 And strong to Second Life.
25 Full of Myself I oft forsook
26 The Now, the Truth, and Thee,
27 For sanguine Hope, or sensual Gust,
28 Or earth-born Sophistry:
29 The Folly thriv'd, and came in Sight
30 Too gross for Life to bear;
31 I smote the Breast for Man too base,
32 I smote — and GOD was there!
33 Still will I hope for Voice and Strength
34 To glorify thy Name;
35 Tho' I must die to all that's Mine,
36 And suffer All my Shame.