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41. L. P. M.

The Works and Word of God. Ps. xix.

1 GREAT GOD, the heaven's well ordered frame Declares the glories of thy name;

There thy rich works of wonder shine:
A thousand starry beauties there,
A thousand radiant marks appear

Of boundless power, and skill divine. 2 From night to day, from day to night, The dawning and the dying light

Lectures of heavenly wisdom read;
With silent eloquence, they raise
Our thoughts to the Creator's praise,

And neither sound nor language need.

3 Yet their divine instructions run Wide as the circuit of the sun,

And every nation knows their voice; The sun, in robes of splendor dressed, Breaks from the chambers of the east,

Moves round, and makes the earth rejoice 4 Where'er he spreads his beams abroad, He speaks the majesty of God:

All nature joins to show thy praise :
Thus God in every creature shines,
Bright in the book of nature's lines,
But brighter in the book pf grace.


42. L. M.

For the Lord's Day Morning.

1 Great God! this sacred day of thine

Demands our souls' collected powers;
May we employ in work divine
These solemn, these devoted hours !

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2 Hence, ye vain cares and trifles, fly;

Where God resides, appear no more :-
Omniscient God! thy piercing eye

Can every secret thought explore. 3 The word of life dispensed to-day,

Invites us to a heavenly feast;
May every ear the call obey,
Be every heart an humble guest!

4 Thy gracious aid, O God! impart;

Oh may thy word, with life divine,
Engage the ear and warm the heart!
Then shall the day indeed be thine.

† Mrs. Steele.

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The God of Nature invoked.

1 Hail, great Creator, wise and good!

To thee our songs we raise :
Nature, through all her various scenes,

Invites us to thy praise.

2 At morning, noon, and evening mild,

Fresh wonders strike our view;
And while we gaze, our hearts exult,

With transports ever new.

3 Thy glory beams in every star

Which gilds the gloom of night;
And decks the smiling face of morn

With rays of cheerful light.

4 The lofty hill, the humble vale,

With countless beauties shine:
The silent grove, the awful shade,

Proclaim thy power divine.

5 Great nature's God ! still may these scenes

Our serious hours engage ;
Still may our grateful hearts consult

Thy works instructive page!

6 And while, in all thy wondrous works,

Thy varied love we see ;
Still may the contemplation lead
Our hearts, O God! to thee.

Gentleman's Magazing. }

44. L. M.

The Perfections and Providence of God. Ps. XXXVI. 5-9. 1 Higu in the heavens, eternal God!

Thy goodness in full glory shines;
Thy truth shall break through every cloud
That veils and darkens thy designs.

2 For ever firm thy justice stands,

As mountains their foundations keep ;
Wise are the wonders of thy hands;
Thy judgments are a mighty deep.

3 Thy providence is kind and large;

Both man and beast thy bounty share :
The whole creation is thy charge,
The righteous thy peculiar care.

4 O God! how excellent thy grace!

Thence all our hope and comfort spring ;
In fear, in trouble, and distress,
We'll seek the shadow of thy wing.

5 The living bread thy word bestows,

Will fainting souls with strength renew;
There mercy like a river flows,
And brings salvation to our view.

8 Life, like a fountain rich and free,

Springs from the goodness of the Lord;
And in thy presence, we shall see
The glories promised in thy word.

Watts, alt'd.

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Humble Adoration.
1 Holy, holy, holy, Lord !

Be thy glorious name adored;
Lord! thy mercies never fail ;

Hail, celestial goodness, hail !
2 Though unworthy, Lord! thine ear,

Deign our humble songs to hear;
Purer praise we hope to bring,

When around thy throne we sing.
3 While on earth ordained to stay,

Guide our footsteps in thy way;
Then on high we'll joyful raise
Songs of everlasting praise.

4 Lord ! thy mercies never fail;

Hail, celestial goodness, hail !
Holy, holy, holy Lord!
Be thy glorious name adored.

Salisbury Coh.

46. L. P. M.

The Book of Grace. Ps. xis.

1 How precious, Lord! thy holy word! What light and joy its truths afford

To souls benighted and distressed ! Thy precepts guide our doubtful way; Thy fear forbids our steps to stray;

Thy promise leads the heart to rest. 2 Thy threatenings wake our slumbering eyes, And warn us where our danger lies ;

While gospel-truth and grace divine
Inspire the heart with filial love,
Exalt and fix our hopes above,

And make the willing spirit thine, 3 From the discoveries of thy law What perfect rules of life we draw!

Be these our study and delight:
May every deed, and word, and thought,
To truth and duty's standard brought,

Become well-pleasing in thy sight.
4 Oh may thy word those faults reveal,
Which blind self-love may yet conceal,

And from presumptuous sins restrain !
Thus taught to use the book of grace,
We'll raise a grateful song of praise
That we possess

it not in vain.


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