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FOR MR. EMERSON'S ORDINATION.

March, 1829.

"PREACHING PEACE BY JESUS CHRIST"

How beautiful the feet of those
Who publish peace from Heaven!
How glad the tidings they disclose
From Him to save us given!
Glory to God! Good will to men,
And peace on earth, attend his reign.

The world was dark with woe and strife;
Pain, sin, and death, bore sway;
And souls, ordained to nobler life,
In guilt and bondage lay.

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His word went forth- earth's evils cease,
And ransomed spirits rest in peace.

That peace which earth can never give,
And never take away,

Shall conquer time and death, and live
Through heaven's eternal day.

Praise to the Lord, whose boundless grace
Redeems and saves our sinful race.

THE CHURCH AT EAST LEXINGTON.

May, 1842.

THE Follen Church

how beautiful it stands,

Graceful and calm in that sequestered nook! How doth a blessing from its placid look Flow o'er the hamlet and its fertile lands! Fit monument to him who placed it there; Whose soul- all truth, benignity, and grace. Beamed forth in benedictions, from a face Where might and sweetness met in union rare. O light of love, too early quenched in death!— Yet, as that fane, though crumbled to the ground, Would still survive, in sacred influence round, So flows, and shall, from him a quickening breath : Death to the good man is but life's extension; Earth mourns his loss; Heaven joys in his ascension.

FOR FAST-DAY.

1813.

GREAT King of all, our nation's God,
O, hear thy people's suppliant cry;
We bow beneath thy angry rod,
We raise to thee the tearful eye.

Dark tempests brood upon our land,
And sorrow sits on every face;
O, may we own thy chastening hand!
O, may we seek and find thy grace!

Thy favor, Lord, had raised us highHigh as our loftiest hopes could soar; But humbled now in dust we lie,

And peace and glory are no more.

For we abused the gifts of Heaven, Consumed thy bounties on our lust, Despised the word thy grace had given, And trod thy promise in the dust.

Lord, we with penitence confess;

We own thy grace, our sins we own; Deign yet to turn, receive, and bless, Nor drive thy children from thy throne.

THE

INCOMPREHENSIBILITY OF DEITY.

LINES SUGGESTED BY THE FOLLOWING WORDS:

"O MON FILS, ADOREZ DIEU ET NE CHERCHEZ PAS À LE
ZONNAÎTRE."........ANACHARSIS.

1811.

GOD is a spirit, great and just;
We his dependent creatures are:
His pleasure called us from the dust;
His goodness keeps us, and his care.

He dwells enthroned in light on high;
He lives throughout the boundless whole;
Invisible to mortal eye,

Unsearchable by human soul.

To feeble man 'twas never given
The great mysterious One to know,
To scan the Majesty of heaven,

Or make his essence known below.

Enough for us, his sovereign word
Reveals him as the God of love,
The just, the ever-gracious Lord,
Who can but righteousness approve;

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Unfolds his blissful heaven above,

And glory for his children there; While those who slight his offered love Shall sink to darkness and despair.

There, also, is enough revealed,
To guide us in the way we go;
And what his wisdom has concealed
Might be but misery to know.

O, then adore th' eternal Mind
With wonder, gratitude, and fear;
Nor seek, what man may never find,

The knowledge of his essence here.

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