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4. Assist me, gracious God!

My heart, my voice inspire;
Then shall I grateful join

The universal choir :
Thy grace can raise my heart, my tongue,
And tune my song to lively praise.

MRS. STEELE.

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170.

H. M.
1. In Zion's sacred gates,

Let hymns of praise begin,
Where acts of faith and love,

In ceaseless beauty, shine:
In mercy there, while God is known,
Before His throne with songs appear.
2. The trumpet's martial voice,

The timbrel's softer sound,
The organ's solemn peal,

His praises shall resound:
To swell the song, with highest joy,
Let man employ his tuneful tongue.

DWIGHT.
H. M.
1. GIVE thanks to God most high,

The universal Lord,
The sovereign King of kings;

And be His name adored :
Thy mercy, Lord, shall still endure;
And ever sure abides Thy word.
2. How mighty is His hand !

What wonders He hath done!
He formed the earth and seas,

And spread the heavens alone:
His
power

and

grace are still the same;
And let His name have endless praise.
3. He saw the nations lie

All perishing in sin;
And pitied the sad state

The ruined world was in:

Thy mercy, Lord! shall still endure;
And ever sure abides Thy word.
4. He sent His only Son

To save us from our woe,
From Satan, sin, and death,
And
every

hurtful foe:
His power and grace are still the same:
And let His name have endless praise.
5. Give thanks aloud to God,

To God, the heavenly King;
And let the spacious earth

His works and glories sing:
Thy mercy, Lord! shall still endure;
And ever sure abides Thy word. WATTS.

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1. In sweet exalted strains,

The King of glory praise;
O'er heaven and earth He reigns,

Through everlasting days:
He, at His will the world controls,
Sustains or sinks the distant poles.
2. To earth He bends His throne-

His throne of grace divine;
Wide is His bounty known,

And wide His glories shine:
Fair Salem, still His chosen rest,
Is with His smiles and presence blest.

B. FRANCIS,

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172.

H. M.
1. The promises I sing,

Which sovereign love hath spoke;
Nor will th' eternal King

His words of grace revoke:
They stand secure and steadfast still;
Nor Zion's hill abides so sure.

2. The mountains melt

away,
When once the Judge appears;
And sun and moon decay

That measure mortal years;
But still the same, in radiant lines,
The promise shines through all the flame.
3. Their harmony shall sound

Through my attentive ears,
When thunders cleave the ground

And dissipate the spheres;
'Mid all the shock of that dread scene,
I stand serene—Thy word my rock.

DODDRIDGR.

173.

L. M.
1. God is the refuge of His saints

When storms of sharp distress invade;
Ere we can offer our complaints,

Behold Him present with His aid.
2. Let mountains from their seats be hurled

Down to the deep, and buried there,
Convulsions shake the solid world-

Our faith shall never yield to fcar. 3. Loud may the troubled ocean roar;

In sacred peace our souls abide;
While every nation, every shore,

Trembles and dreads the swelling tide. 4. There is a stream whose gentle flow

Supplies the city of our God,
Life, love, and joy, still gliding through,

And watering our divine abode.
5. That sacred stream, Thine holy word,

Our grief allays, our fear controls;
Sweet peace Thy promises afford,

And give new strength to fainting souls. 6. Zion enjoys her Monarch's love,

Secure against a threatening hour;
Nor can her firm foundation move,
Built on His truth, and armed with power.

WATTS.

174.

L.M.
1. Up to the hills I lift mine eyes,

Th' eternal hills beyond the skies;
Thence all her help my soul derives,

There my Almighty refuge lives. 2. He lives--the everlasting God

That built the world, that spread the flood;
The heavens with all their hosts He made,

And the dark regions of the dead.
3. He guides our feet, He guards our way;

His morning smiles bless all the day:
He spreads the evening vail, and keeps

The silent hours, while Israel sleeps. 4. Israel, a name divinely blest,

May rise secure, securely rest;
Thy holy guardian's wakeful eyes

Admit no slumber, nor surprise.
5. No sun shall smite thy head by day;

Nor the pale moon with sickly ray
Shall blast thy couch; no baleful star

Dart his malignant fire so far.
6. Should earth and hell with malice burn,

Still thou shalt go, and still return,
Safe in the Lord ; His heavenly care

Defends thy life from every snare. 7. On thee foul spirits have no power;

And, in thy last departing hour,
Angels, that trace the airy road,
Shall bear thee homeward to thy God.

WATTS,

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1. They that have made their refuge God

Shall find a most secure abode;
Shall walk all day beneath His shade,
And there at night shall rest their head.

2. If burning beams of noon conspire

To dart a pestilential fire,
God is their life; His wings are spread,

To shield them 'midst ten thousand dead. 3. If vapors with malignant breath

Rise thick, and scatter midnight death-
Still they are safe; the poison d air
Again grows pure, if God be there.

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1. THERE's nothing bright, above, below, From flowers that bloom to stars that

glow, But in its light my soul can see

Some features of the Deity.
2. There's nothing dark, below, above,

But in its gloom I trace Thy love,
And meekly wait the moment when

Thy touch shall make all bright again. 3. The light, the dark, where'er I look,

Shall be one pure and shining book,
Where I may read, in words of flame.
The glories of Thy wondrous name.

MOORE.

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1. My God, I love and I adore;

But souls that love would know Thee more:
Wilt thou forever hide, and stand

Behind the labors of Thy hand ?
2. Thy hand, great God, sustains the poles

On which this huge creation rolls;
The starry arch proclaims Thy power;

Thy pencil glows in every flower. 3. Across the waves, around the sky,

There 's not a spot, or deep or high,
Where the Creator has not trod,
And left the footsteps of a God.

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