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In prostrate homage, all confess
Thy greatness is by all unknown.
Man, ah! how far remov'd below!
How weak his powers ! how faint his sight!
His brightest day can only show
The dawning streaks of distant light.
But lo! the bright, the morning Star!
His beams shall chase the shades away ;-
His beams, resplendent from afar,
Sweet promise of immortal day.
To him our longing eyes we raise ;
Him as our Guide we thankful own :
Through him, oh! may our humble praise
Accepted rise before thy throne !
“ Jehovah One, and His Name One.”
Zech. xiv. 9.
ALMIGHTY Father of mankind !
Jehovah, self-existent Lord !
Supreme and universal Mind !
As God alone, be thou ador'd.
From everlasting thou hast been ;
To everlasting thou shalt be:
No change, no cloud can intervene
To shade thy peerless majesty.
One nature and one being thou-
Sole great First Cause, we humbly own;
To thee alone we pay the vow,
And bend in homage round thy throne.
Father of Christ, and Israel's God!
Thy rule assert, thy praise restore :
On eagle wing send truth abroad,
Till every land thy name adore.
6. Solemn Adoration of Him who filleth all Things
with his Presence.
1 Lo, God is here ! let us adore, And humbly bow before his face ; Let all within us feel his power, Let all within us seek his grace : Who know his power, grace who
prove, Serve him with awe, with reverence love.
Lo, God is here ! him, day and night,
United choirs of angels sing ;
To him, enthron'd above all height,
Heaven's host their noblest praises bring:
Disdain not, Lord, our meaner song,
Who praise thee with a faltering tongue.
Being of beings ! may our praise
Thy courts with grateful incense fill ;
Still may we stand before thy face,
Still hear and do thy sovereign will :
To thee may all our thoughts arise,
pure and holy sacrifice.
GREAT Former of this varied frame !
Our souls adore thine awful name ;
And bow and tremble, while they praise
The Ancient of eternal days.
Majestic, from thy lofty throne,
Thou speakest, and thy will is done
The holy, holy, holy Lord,
By all the angelic host adord.
What, then, can feeble mortals do?
Let them adore their Maker too :
With lowly minds to thee we cry,
The Great, the Holy, and the High !
Something we learn from nature's frame;
Thy word hath more reveal’d thy name;
But still thy greatness, Lord, we find
Leaves all our soaring thoughts behind.
Whate'er is glorious, good, and great,
Doth in thy wondrous nature meet;
And to thy name be glory given
By all on earth and all in heaven.
Homage to the Almighty Sovereign.
Oh come ! loud anthems let us sing,
Loud thanks to our almighty King ;
For we our voices high should raise,
When our salvation's Rock we praise.
The Lord our God, enthron'd in state,
Is with unrivall’d glory great ;
A King superior far to all
Whom gods the heathen falsely call.
The depths of earth are in his hand ;
Her secret wealth at his command;
The strength of hills that reach the skies
Subjected to his empire lies.
The rolling ocean's vast abyss,
By the same sovereign right, is his ;
"Tis mov'd by his almighty hand, That form’d and fix'd the solid land.
He is our God, our Shepherd he;
His flock and pasture-sheep are we :
Come then, and, like his flock, draw near ;
To day his voice, attentive, hear.
A Call to Worship.
COME, sound his praise abroad,
And hymns of glory sing :
Jehovah is the sovereign God,
The universal King.
He form’d the deeps unknown;
He gave the seas their bound;
The watery worlds are all his own;
And all the solid ground.
Come, worship at his throne;
Come, bow before the Lord :
We are his work, and not our own;
He form’d us by his word.
To-day attend his voice,
Nor dare provoke his rod;
Come, make his heavenly paths your choice,
And own your gracious God.
10. All Mankind called upon to praise God.
1 Ye nations round the earth, rejoice Before the Lord, your sovereign King: Serve him with cheerful heart and voice; With all your tongues his glories sing.
The Lord is God : 'tis he alone
Doth life, and breath, and being give :
We are his work, and not our own,
The sheep that on his pasture live.
Enter his gates with songs of joy;
With praises to his courts repair;
And make it your
To pay your thanks and honours there.
The Lord is good, the Lord is kind;
Great is his love, his mercy sure;
And the whole race of men shall find
His truth, from age to age, endure.
General Homage to Jehovah.
BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne,
Ye nations, bow with sacred joy :
Know that the Lord is God alone;
He can create and he destroy.
His sovereign power, without our aid,
Made us of clay, and form'd us men;
And when, like wandering sheep, we stray'd,
He brought us to his fold again.
We'll crowd thy gates with thankful songs ;
High as the heavens our voices raise ;
And earth, with her ten thousand tongues,
Shall fill thy courts with sounding praise.
Wide as the world is thy command ;
Vast as eternity thy love ;
Firm as a rock thy truth must stand,
When rolling years shall cease to move.