Table of Contents:
"Lines on the Death of J. Quincy Adams"
"New Year's Hymn"
"The Arch Apostate"
"Yes! strike again that sounding string"
"Prayer of the Oppressed"
"Ode for the Fourth of July"
"Ode to Music"
"Stanzas for the First of August"
"The North Star"
(text of all poems)
A HYMN,ALMIGHTY God! in this thy house,
WRITTEN FOR THE DEDICATION OF THE MICHIGAN STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, BUFFALO.
For the first time thy people stand,
To pay to thee their humble vows,
And crave fresh mercies at thy hand.
To thee, oh Lord! this house we rear;
Deign thou the humble work to bless,
And grant that many souls may hear
The words of truth and righteousness
Which from thy servants’ lips shall fall
Who labor faithful in thy cause;
Oh may they hear and heed the call,
And learn t’ obey thy holy laws.
Here, often as thy saints shall meet,
Deign thou to enter in the midst,
And guide our erring, wandering feet,
In paths which lead to heavenly bliss.
Strengthen the wavering Christian’s faith,
And when the pealing hymn shall rise
And when thy servants preach thy word,
Thy Holy Spirit, oh, impart,
And make it like a two-edged sword
Piercing to every sinner’s heart.
And when the toils of life are o’er,