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First Line: If life's pleasures cheer thee
Last Line: The rock of thy salvation.
Variant Title(s): Life
Subject(s): Jesus Christ

If life's pleasures cheer thee,
Give them not thy heart,
Lest the gifts ensnare thee
From Thy God to part;
His praises speak, His favor seek,
Fix there thy hope's foundation,
Love Him, and He shall ever be
The Rock of thy salvation.

If sorrow e'er befall thee,
Painful though it be,
Let not fear appall thee:
To thy Saviour flee;
He, ever near, thy prayer will hear,
And calm thy perturbation;
The waves of woe shall ne'er o'erflow
The Rock of thy salvation.

Death shall never harm thee,
Shrink not from his blow,
For thy God shall arm thee
And victory bestow;
For death shall bring to thee no sting,
The grave no desolation;
'Tis gain to die with Jesus nigh--
The Rock of thy salvation.

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