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“Stand still.” Exod. 14. 13; Matt. 7. 14

J. Hart    C.M.

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Oh what a narrow, narrow path
Is that which leads to life!
Some talk of works, and some of faith,
With warmth, and zeal, and strife.

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But after all that’s said or done,
Let men think what they will,
The strength of every tempted son
Consists in standing still.

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[“Stand still,” says one, “that’s easy sure;
’Tis what I always do.”
Deluded soul, be not secure;
This is not meant to you.

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Not driven by fear, nor drawn by love,
Nor yet by duty led;
Lie still you do, and never move;
For who can move that’s dead?

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But for a living soul to stand,
By thousand dangers scared,
And feel destruction close at hand,
O this indeed is hard!

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To shun this danger, others run
To hide they know not where;
Or though they fight, no victory’s won;
They only beat the air.]

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He that believes, the Scripture says,
Shall not confusedly haste.
Thus danger threats both him that stays
And him that runs too fast.

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[Haste grasps at all, but nothing keeps;
Sloth is a dangerous state;
And he that flees, and he that sleeps,
Cannot be said to wait.]

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Lord, let thy Spirit prompt us when
To go, and when to stay;
Attract us with the cords of men,
And we shall not delay.

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Give power and will, and then command,
And we will follow thee;
And when we’re frightened, bid us stand
And thy salvation see.