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187. c. M.
The Omnipresence and Providence of God.
1 GREAT God, how vast is thine abode!
Mysterious are thy ways !
And trackless in the seas.
2 Yet the whole peopled world bespeaks
Thy being and thy power,
And awful midnight hour.
Rich fields and verdant plains ;
Where silent horror reigns :
4 Tempests and winds that sweep the sky,
Caverns and mountains bare,
Thy grandeur all declare.
5 Through all creation's widest range
The hand of heaven is near:
188. L. M.
Steadfastness and Watchfulness implored.
On whom I cast my constant care,
2 Endue me with a holy fear,
The frailty of my heart reveal;
3 O that to thee my constant mind
May with a steady flame aspire;
And check the rise of wrong desire ! 4 O that my watchful soul may fly
The first perceived approach of sin;
And feel thy fear control within ! 5 Search, gracious God! my inmost heart;
From guilt and error set me free;
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189. C. M.
Prayer for the Spread of the Gospel.
With beams of heavenly light;
The long and doleful nighta
The honours due to thee :
And thy salvation see.
3 No more may persécution dare;
To lift her iron rod;
And plead a zeal for Gode i
4 With its own pure and native light,
Lord, may thy gospel shine! May error tiy like noxious mists
Before this light divine.
5 While heaven-born truth her charms reveals,
May love each breast inspire ; Nor one base passion ever mix, To quench this sacred fire.
190. C. M.
God our constant Benefactor.
1 Great God! to thee our grateful tongues
United thanks would raise : Inspire our hearts to raise the song
Which celebrates thy praise.
2 From thine almighty forming hand
We drew our vital powers ;
In all its circling hours,
3 Thy power, our ever present guard,
From every ill defends;
Our help from thee descends.
4 Beneath the shadow of thy wings,
How sweet is our repose !
From whence our comfort flows.
5 In celebration of thy praise,
May we employ our breath;
191. c. M.
Confidence in God.
1 GREAT God! thine attributes divine,
Thy glorious works and ways,
The universe displays.
On thy sustaining arm;
From danger and alarm.
3 O may thy gracious presence, Lord !
Chase anxious fears away ;
192. L. M.
Christian Zeal, tempered by Charity.
Sees every passion in my soul;
Teach me those passions to control. 2 Temper the fervours of my frame;
Be charity their constant spring ;
Pollute the offerings which I bring ! 3 Let love with piety unite
To mend the bias of my will;
4 That wisdom which to meekness turns,
Wisdom descending from above;
193. L. M.
The Kingdom of Christ. Ps. lxxii. 1—9. 1 GREAT God! whose universal sway
The known and unknown worlds obey;
land his rule shall own.
2 The sceptre well becomes his hands,
And wise and good are his commands;
3 They form to righteousness the mind,
To all that's candid, gentle, kind;
And stormy passions sooth to rest. 4 As gentle rain on parching ground,
His gospel sheds its influence round;
5 The heathen lands that lie beneath
The shades of darkness and of death,
And deserts blossom at the sight, '. 6 His throne immoveable shall stand,
Upheld by thine almighty hand,