Abbildungen der Seite

35. L. M.

The Blessings of Divine Worship.

1 God in his earthly temples lays

Foundations for his heavenly praise;
And loves to see that worship rise,

Which forms his offspring for the skies. 2 His mercy every house attends,

Whence pure devotion's flame ascends;
And ever lends a gracious ear,
Where churches join in praise and prayer.

3 To men of pure and pious hearts,

All real good their God imparts ;
With grace he crowns them here below,
And endless glory will bestow.

4 His blessing yields a large increase

Of wisdom, and of sacred peace;
While ripening holiness and love,

Prepare their souls for joys above, 5 Father supreme! whose sovereign sway,

All worlds, all beings must obey;
May our first wish and object be,
On earth, in heaven, to dwell with thee.

| Exeter Coll.

36. C. M.

Sincerity and Hypocrisy.

1 God is a spirit just and wise,

He sees our inmost mind:
In vain to heaven we raise our cries,

And leave our souls behind.

2 Nothing but truth before his throne

With honour can appear;
The formal hypocrites are known

Through the disguise they wear.

3 Their lifted eyes salute the skies,

Their bended knees, the ground;
But God abhors the sacrifice,

Where not the heart is found.

4 Lord! search our thoughts, and try our ways,

And make our souls sincere;
Then may we stand before thy face,
And find acceptance there.


37. L. M.

The Excellency of the Gospel.

1 God, who in various methods told

His holy will to those of old,
By his beloved Son, displays

His truth and grace in latter days.
2 We have the volume which records

Our Saviour's character and words;
And in our rising Lord was given
The pledge of life, the hope of heaven.

3 There, knowledge of the noblest kind

Expands and elevates the mind;
The heavenly doctrine, plain as true,
Instructs, reproves, and comforts too,

4 How brightly there thy glories shine,

Wisdom, and goodness all divine;
Whate'er can all the soul with love,
And form it for the joys above.

5 Christians! while grateful songs ye raise,

Improve the gospel which ye praise ;
And aid its progress, till the Lord
Hath blessed all nations with his word.


38. L. M.

Praise from the Works of God.

1 Great cause of all things ! Source of life!

Sovereign of air, and earth, and sea!
All nature feels thy power, and all
A silent homage pay to thee.

2 Waked by thy hand, the morning sun

Pours forth to thee its earlier rays,
And spreads thy glories as it climbs;

While raptured worlds look up and praise. 3 The moon to the deep shades of night

Speaks the mild lustre of thy name;
While all the stars that cheer the scene,

Thee, the great Lord of light, proclaim. 4 And groves, and vales, and rocks, and hills;

And every flower, and every tree;
Ten thousand creatures, warm with life,

Have each a grateful song for thee.
$ But man was formed to rise to heaven;

And, blessed with reason's clearer light,
He views his Maker through his workş,
And glows with rapture at the sight.

6 Nor can the thousand songs that rise,

Whether from air, or earth, or sea,
So well repeat Jehovah's praise,
Or raisé such sacred harmony.


39. L. M.


Man's Dependence upon God.
1 GREATEST of beings ! Source of life,

Sovereign of air, of earth, and sea !
All nature owns thy power, but man
A grateful tribute pays to thee.

2 Subject to wants, to thee he looks,

And from thy goodness seeks supplies :
And when, oppressed with guilt, he mourns,
Thy mercy lifts him to the skies.

3 Children, whose infant minds, unformed,

Ne'er raised a tender thought to heaven; And men, whom reason lifts to God,

Though oft by passion downward driven ; 4 Those too, who bend with age and care,

And faint and tremble near the tomb;
Who, sickening at the present scenes,

Sigh for that better world to come; 5 All, great Creator ! all are thine;

All feel thy providential care ;
And through each changing scene of life,

Alike thy constant pity share.
6 And whether grief oppress the heart;

Or whether joy elate the breast;
Or life still keep its varying course ;
Or death invite the heart to rest:

7 All are thy messengers, and all

Thy sacred pleasure, Lord! obey ;
And all are training man to dwell
Nearer to bliss, and nearer thee.


40. C. M.

God the Creator and Preserver.

1 Great First of beings! mighty Lord !

We praise thy glorious name; Produced by thy creating word,

Arose this wondrous frame.

2 Thy voice sent forth the high command;

'Twas instantly obeyed; And through thy goodness all things stand,

Which by thy skill were made.

3 By thee, through fields of azure, roll

Unnumbered worlds above;
Thy mighty hand sustains the whole;

Each creature shares thy love.

4 By thee, the sun dispenses heat,

And beams of cheering day; By thee, the stars, in order set,

At night thy power display.

5 By thee, the earth its product yielde,

And countless myriads live ;
And trees and plants adorn the fields,

And their rich treasures give.

6 To thee, all-gracious Power! we bow,

And would ourselves resign;
Accept the praise, accept the vow,
And make us wholly thine.

Browne, ale'd.

« ZurückWeiter »