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23. C. M.
Paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer.
1 FATHER of all ! Eternal God!
Supremely good and great! Thy children, formed and blessed by thee,
Approach thy heavenly seat.
2 Thy name in hallowed strains be sung;
We join the solemn praise ;
Our cheerful homage raise,
3 Thy mild, thy wise and righteous reign,
Let every being own;
Erect thy gracious throne.
Thy blessed commands fulfil;
Perform thy holy will.
5 On thee we day by day depend,
And on thy care rely:
And every want supply.
Oh, let thy love forgive!
Nor let resentments live.
7 Where tempting snares bestrew the way,
Permit us not to tread;
From our unguarded head.
8 Thy sacred name we thus adore,
With cheerful, humble mind;
24. C. M.
The Universal Prayer.
1 FATHER of all! whose cares extend
To earth's remotest shore ;
Let every clime adore.
2 What conscience dictates to be done,
Or warns me not to do,
3 If I am right, thy grace impart,
Still in the right to stay;
To find the better way!
4 Save me alike from foolish prides
Or impious discontent;
Or aught thy goodness lent.
5 Teach me to feel another's wo, To hide the faults I
see ; That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.
But, all beneath the sun,
And let thy will be done.
7 To thee, whose temple is all space,
Whose altar, earth, sea, skies,
25. L. M.
The Bounties of Providence acknowledged. Matt. v. 45.
1 FATHER of light! we sing thy name,
Who kindlest up the lamp of day;
His beams thy power and love display. 9 Fountain of good! from thee proceeds,
In copious drops, the genial rain,
Revives the grass, and swells the grain. . 3 Through the wide world thy bounties spread;
Yet thousands of our guilty race,
Despise thy law, reject thy grace. 4 Not so may our forgetful hearts
O’erlook the tokens of thy care ;
Still own in praise, still ask in prayer. 5 So shall our suns more grateful shine,
And showers in richer drops shall fall,
26. C. M.
The Excellency of the Holy Scriptures.
1 FATHER of mercies ! in thy word
What endless glory shines !
For these celestial lines !
2 Here, may
the wretched sons of want
And lasting as the mind. 3 Here, the fair tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast;
Invite the longing taste.
To cheer the fainting mind;
And sweet refreshment find.
5 O may thy gospel ever be
Our study and delight;
27. 7s. M.
The Acceptable Offering.
1 FATHER of our feeble race!
Wise, beneficent, and kind,
Flows thy goodness unconfined:
Musing in the silent grove,
Or the busy haunts of men,
Claiming large returns again.
2 Lord! what offering shall we bring,
At thine altars when we bow ?
Whence the kind affections flows
By the melting eye expressed;
Sorrow leaves the wounded breast,
3 Willing hands to lead the blind,
Bind the wounded, feed the poor;
Charity, with liberal store:
Thus to show our grateful mind,
28. C. M.
The Christian perfected by Divine Grace through Christ,
Heb. xiii. 20,21.
We own thy power to save,
Victorious o'er the grave.
2 Him from the dead thou brought'st again,
When, through his sacred blood,
The eternal covenant stood.