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Chastisement. Zech. 13. 9; Mal. 3. 3; Prov. 3. 11

J. Hart               S.M.

1
Gold in the furnace tried
 Ne’er loses aught but dross;
 So is the Christian purified
 And bettered by the cross.

2
Afflictions make us see,
 What else would ’scape our sight.
 How very foul and dim are we,
 And God how pure and bright.

3
[The punished child repents;
 The parent’s bowels move;
 The offended father soon relents,
 And turns with double love.]

4
If God rebuke for pride,
 He’ll humble thy proud heart;
 If for thy want of love he chide,
 That love he will impart.

5
He shall by means like these
 Thy stubborn temper break;
 Soften thy heart by due degrees,
 And make thy spirit meek.

6
His chastening, therefore, prize,
 The privilege of a saint;
 Their hearts are hard who that despise,
 And theirs too weak who faint.