(“Solitude Sweetened” by James Meikle, 1730-1799)
“Mankind is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly
upward.” (Job 5:7)
O, what losses and crosses, sorrows and distresses,
uncertainties and anxieties, do mankind labor under!Godly wisdom will lead me to expect nothing but vexation
that has all the treasure in heaven–all his happiness in
God! May this be my case, and then I shall triumph in the
midst of losses, distresses, disappointments, and pain!
I take a loose hold of all earthly things, that when
they are twisted out of my hand–they may not
torment my heart!
Eternal felicity secured, is a noble panacea, and
a sufficient antidote against the heaviest misfortunes
and disappointments of this deceitful world! I rest, and am composed, and calmly wait on You,
resigned to heaven’s determination, in everything
concerning me in time–until I arrive at that better
country, at that perfect state, where there is
neither disappointment nor pain!