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C.M.

1
How David, when by sin deceived,
From bad to worse went on!
For when the Holy Spirit’s grieved
Our strength and guard are gone.

2
His eye on Bathsheba once fixed,
With poison filled his soul;
He ventured on adultery next,
And murder crowned the whole.

3
So from a spark of fire at first,
That has not been descried,
A dreadful flame has often burst
And ravaged far and wide.

4
When sin deceives, it hardens too,
For though he vainly sought
To hide his crimes from public view,
Of God he little thought.

5
He neither would nor could repent,
No true compunction felt;
Till God, in mercy, Nathan sent,
His stubborn heart to melt.

6
The parable held forth a fact,
Designed his case to show;
But though the picture was exact
Himself he did not know.

7
“Thou art the man,” the prophet said,
That word his slumber broke,
And when he owned his sin and prayed,
The Lord forgiveness spoke.

8
Let those, who think they stand, beware,
For David stood before;
Nor let the fallen soul despair,
For mercy can restore.