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Being an Address to his Parishioners
AUTHOR OF “ THE PATHWAY OF PROMISE,”
“ABLE TO SAVE,” &c.
STRAHAN & CO., PUBLISHERS
56, LUDGATE HILL, LONDON
THE BY-GONE TIME.
“ While the coming year ye greet, with many a
merry chime, I sing a solemn dirge to-night, a dirge for the
by-gone time :Yea, from the soul within me, most bitterly I
mourn, For the many wasted moments which never can
return; For the many lost occasions for working some
thing good, For the promptings of a better will—most wil.
fully withstoodFor the many mercies unobserved, and thank
lessly received, For the many chastenings sent in love, at which
my spirit grieved, For the many restless longings against God's
sovereign will, For the countless Christian duties I strove not
to fulfil, For the many gentle words of truth, I might
but did not speak, Which might have soothed the broken heart, and
strengthened the weak; For these and for a thousand sins, and failings
of the past, Upon Thy mercy, oh my God! my trembling
soul. I cast; And, kneeling at the Throne of Grace,' with
earnest faith draw near,To pray for strength to walk with Thee through
out the coming year."
MY DEAR PARISHIONERS,
At this season, so long as the state of my health permitted me to address you from the pulpit, it was my custom to direct your thoughts to a consideration of God's goodness in the past, and to the duty of more humble trust and confiding reliance on Him for the future. Standing, as it were, on the border-line of two years, I endeavoured to point backward to the path along which you had