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Chastisement. Ps. 94. 12; Heb. 12. 5-11

J. Hart           C.M.

1
Happy the man that bears the stroke
 Of his chastising God;
 Nor stubbornly rejects the yoke,
 Nor faints beneath his rod.

2
They who the Lord’s correction share
 Have favour in his eyes;
 As kindest fathers will not spare
 Their children to chastise.

3
Thy Lord for nothing would not chide;
 Thou highly shouldst esteem
 The cross that’s sent to purge thy pride,
 And make thee more like him.

4
For this correction render praise;
 ’Tis given thee for thy good.
 The lash is steeped he on thee lays,
 And softened in his blood.

5
[Know, whom the Saviour favours much,
 Their faults he oft reproves;
 He takes peculiar care of such,
 And chastens whom he loves.]

6
Then kiss the rod; thy sins confess;
 It shall a blessing prove;
 And yield the fruits of righteousness –
 Humility and love.