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C. M. God the Creator and Preserver. 1 GREAT first of beings! mighty Lord !
We praise thy glorious name; Produc'd by thy creating word,
Arose this mighty frame. 2 Thy voice sent forth the high command;
'Twas instantly obey'd ; And through thy goodness all things stand,
Which by thy skill were made.
Unnumber'd 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.
And countless myriads live;
And their rich treasures give.
And would ourselves resign; Accept the praise, accept the vow, And make us wholly thine.
161. L. M.
For the Lord's Day Morning. I GREAT God! this sacred day of thine,
Demands our soul's collected powers ; May we employ in work divine,
These solemn, these devoted hours !
2 Hence, ye vain cares and trifles, fly;
Where God resides, appear no more:
Can every secret thought explore. 3 Thy word of life dispensed to-day,
Invites us to a heavenly feast;
Be every heart an humble guest!
O may thy word with life divine,
Then shall the day indeed be thine.
Delight in Public worship.
Let our religious hours alone;
And wait a visit, Lord, from thee.
And kindle with a pure desire;
And feed our souls with heavenly love. 3 Bless'd Saviour ! what delicious fare !
How sweet thy entertainments are !
Redeeming grace, in Jesus' love. 4 Hail, great Immanuel, all divine !
In thee thy Father's glories shine ;
Offices of Christ. Matt. xi. 5. Mark vi. 56. John xxi. 25.
1 SAGES of ancient letter'd times,
For wisdom famed among mankind,
Of the supreme, eternal Mind.
And immortality revea”d. 3 Fill?d with his Father's strength, he taught; The dumb in rapture speak their thought;
The lame man bounding like the roe; The blind looks up to heaven; stern death Resigns his spoil : and from his breath
Fierce demons shrink to shades, below.
4 0, works of power! O, works of love! Ethereal embassage to prove,
That every rising doubt control; Earnest of love and power more strong, Which to the Son of God belong,
To heal the miseries of the soul.
5 Great Prophet, Saviour !' worthy Thou That every knee in homage bow;
From every mouth thy praise should flow; All thy commands are mild and just, Thy promise, faithful to our trust,
Will pardon, peace, and heaven bestow.
C. M. Man mortal, and God eternal. Psa. xc. 1 O GOD! our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home! 2 Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame, From everlasting thou art God, To endless
the same. 3 A thousand ages in thy sight Are like an
evening gone, Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun. 4 But, like an ever-flowing stream,
Time bears its sons away; They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.
Pleased with the morning light:
Lie withering ere 'tis night.
Our hope for years to come!
And our eternal home.
165. C. M. High Priest, Merciful and Faithful. Heb. ü. 17; vü. 27. 1 WITH joy we meditate the grace
Of our High Priest above ;
His bowels melt with love.
2 Touch'd with a sympathy within,
He knows our feeble frame;
For he has felt the same.
The great Redeemer stood,
And did resist to blood.
Pour'd out his cries and tears,
What every member bears. .
But raise it to a flame;
Nor scorns the meanest name.
His mercy and his power,
In the distressing hour.
166. C. M. Christ glorified as King of Nations. Psa. xlvii. 1 EXTOL the Lord, the Lord most high,
King over all the earth;
In songs of sacred mirth.
His banner shall advance,
Be his inheritance.
And trumpets' tuneful voice;
Sing praises, and rejoice.