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The Mover


“May I always be subordinate to thee,
be dependent upon thee,
be found in the path where thou does walk,
and where thy Spirit moves,
take heed of estrangement from thee, of becoming insensible to thy love.
Thou dost not move men like stones,
but does endue them with life,
not to enable them to move without thee,
but in submission to thee, the first mover.

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I could not have begun to love thee hadst thou not first loved me,
or been willing unless thou hadst first made me so.
O that such a crown should fit the head of such a sinner!
such high advancement be for an unfruitful person!
such joys for so vile a rebel!
Infinite wisdom cast the design of salvation
into the mold of purchase and freedom

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Grant me to attain heaven and be done with sailing,
and may the gales of thy mercy blow me safely into harbor.
Let thy love draw me nearer to thyself,
wean me from sin, mortify me to this world,
and make me ready for my departure hence.
Secure me by thy grace as I sail across this stormy sea.”

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