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POEMS,

CHIEFLY RELIGIOUS.

"HOW SHALL WE SING THE LORD'S SONG IN A STRANGE LAND ?"

THE song of God, so nobly sung

By angels in a higher sphere, Shall my unworthy heart and tongue Attempt its numbers here?

With spirit cleaving to the dust,

How should I hope to glow and soar ? How speak of heavenly joy and trust,

Till I have felt them more?

An heir of guilt, a child of sin,

An exile in a world like this, What should I find without, within, To match with Him and His?

In vain I spread my flickering wings;

In vain I strive aloft to flee:

Great Lord of lords, and King of kings,
I cannot sing of Thee!

I want a seraph's lofty voice,

I want a seraph's soaring wing, Before I make such themes my choice, And God's dread glories sing.

Thou needest not a note of mine

To swell the triumphs of thy throne, Where myriads round thee bend and shine,

And Heaven is all thy own!

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