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Reproach of Christ Esteemed by Faith. Heb. 11. 26

W. Gadsby    7s

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Precious Jesus! must it be,
Is it thy all-wise decree,
That afflictions must attend
Zion to her journey’s end?

2
[Must the heirs of endless bliss
Travel through a wilderness,
And, by savage beasts of prey,
Be tormented night and day?]

3
Yes, affliction is their lot;
Earth is a polluted spot,
Where a million evils dwell,
All in league with death and hell.

4
Pains and sorrows, sins and woes,
Will the Christian’s way oppose;
Every day brings something new,
Zion’s troubles to renew.

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Yet, when faith is strong and true,
They with cheerfulness go through,
Scorning all created good,
When opposed to Christ, their God.

6
Living faith will still esteem
The reproaches of the Lamb,
Greater riches than this earth
Can afford the sons of mirth.

7
O for faith this choice to make,
And endure, for Jesus’ sake,
The reproaches of his cross,
Counting all things else but dross!