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Exhortation To Prayer

Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

What various hindrances we meetIn coming to a mercy seat!Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,But wishes to be often there?

Prayer makes the darken'd cloud withdraw,Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw,Gives exercise to faith and love,Brings every blessing from above.

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;Prayer makes the Christian's armor bright;And Satan trembles when he seesThe weakest saint upon his knees.

While Moses stood with arms spread wide,Success was found on Israel's side;But when through weariness they fail'dThat moment Amalek prevail'd.

Have you no words? Ah! think again,Words flow apace when you complain,And fill your fellow-creature's earWith the sad tale of all your care.

Were half the breath thus vainly spentTo heaven in supplication sent,Your cheerful song would oftener be"Hear what the Lord has done for me."