411. C. M. Proud. The Happiness of a Christian.
1 When true religion gains a place,
And lives within the mind,
The sensual life subdued by grace,
And all the soul refined:
2 The desert blooms in living green,
Where thorns and briers grew;
The barren waste is fruitful seen,
And all the prospect new.
3 O happy Christian, richly blessed!
What floods of pleasure roll!
By God and man he stands confessed,
In dignity of soul.
4 Substantial, pure, his every joy:
His Maker is his friend;
The noblest business his employ,
And happiness his end.