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35. L. M.
The Blessings of Divine Worship.
1 God in his earthly temples lays
Foundations for his heavenly praise;
Which forms his offspring for the skies. 2 His mercy every house attends,
Whence pure devotion's flame ascends;
3 To men of pure and pious hearts,
All real good their God imparts ;
4 His blessing yields a large increase
Of wisdom, and of sacred peace;
Prepare their souls for joys above, 5 Father supreme! whose sovereign sway,
All worlds, all beings must obey;
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36. C. M.
Sincerity and Hypocrisy.
1 God is a spirit just and wise,
He sees our inmost mind:
And leave our souls behind.
2 Nothing but truth before his throne
With honour can appear;
Through the disguise they wear.
3 Their lifted eyes salute the skies,
Their bended knees, the ground;
Where not the heart is found.
4 Lord! search our thoughts, and try our ways,
And make our souls sincere;
37. L. M.
The Excellency of the Gospel.
1 God, who in various methods told
His holy will to those of old,
His truth and grace in latter days.
Our Saviour's character and words;
3 There, knowledge of the noblest kind
Expands and elevates the mind;
4 How brightly there thy glories shine,
Wisdom, and goodness all divine;
5 Christians! while grateful songs ye raise,
Improve the gospel which ye praise ;
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!
2 Waked by thy hand, the morning sun
Pours forth to thee its earlier rays,
While raptured worlds look up and praise. 3 The moon to the deep shades of night
Speaks the mild lustre of thy name;
Thee, the great Lord of light, proclaim. 4 And groves, and vales, and rocks, and hills;
And every flower, and every tree;
Have each a grateful song for thee.
And, blessed with reason's clearer light,
6 Nor can the thousand songs that rise,
Whether from air, or earth, or sea,
39. L. M.
Man's Dependence upon God.
Sovereign of air, of earth, and sea !
2 Subject to wants, to thee he looks,
And from thy goodness seeks supplies :
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;
Sigh for that better world to come; 5 All, great Creator ! all are thine;
All feel thy providential care ;
Alike thy constant pity share.
Or whether joy elate the breast;
7 All are thy messengers, and all
Thy sacred pleasure, Lord! obey ;
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;
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 their rich treasures give.
6 To thee, all-gracious Power! we bow,
And would ourselves resign;