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Their harmony shall sound
Through mine attentive ears,
When thunders cleave the ground,
And dissipate the spheres;

Midst all the shock
Of that dread scene

I stand serene,

Thy word



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The justice and goodness of God.

1. Give thanks to God, the heavenly king,

Whose mercies still endure;
Let the whole earth his praises sing,
Whose truth is ever sure.

Thy justice, Lord, maintains its throne,

Though mountains melt away;
Thy judgements are a world unknown,
A deep unfathom'd sea.

Safety to man thy goodness brings,

Nor overlooks the beast; Beneath the shadow of thy wings Thy children love to rest.

4. From thee, when earthly streams run low,

And mortal comforts die, Perpetual springs of life shall flow,

And raise our pleasures high.



Though all created light decay,

And death close up our eyes, Thy presence makes eternal day, Where clouds can never rise.

147. L. M. God incomprehensible and all-powerful.

Can creatures to perfection find
The eternal, uncreated mind?
Or can the largest stretch of thought
Measure and search his nature out?

2. "T is high as heaven, 'tis deep as hell; And what can mortals know or tell? His glory spreads beyond the sky, And all the shining worlds on high.

God is a king of power unknown,
Firm are the orders of his throne :
If he resolve, who dare oppose,
Or ask him why or what he does ?

He frowns, and darkness veils the moon,
The fainting sun grows dim at noon:
The pillars of heaven's starry roof
Tremble and start at his reproof.

He gave the vaulted heaven its form,
The crooked serpent and the worm:
He breaks the billows with his breath,
And smites the sons of pride to death.

These are a portion of his ways:
But who shall dare describe his face?
Who can endure his light, or stand
To hear the thunder of his hand ?

148. C. M.


The infinity of God.

1. Some seraph, lend your heavenly tongue,

Or harp of golden string, That I may raise a lofty song To our Eternal King.

2. Thy names how infinite they be,

Great Everlasting One! Boundless thy might and majesty, And unconfined thy throne.

Thy glories shine of wondrous size,

Ånd infinite thy grace:
Immortal day breaks from thine eyes,
And Gabriel veils his face.

The mysteries of creation lie

Beneath enlighten'd minds : Thoughts can ascend above the sky, Or fly before the winds:

5. Reason

may grasp the massy hills, And stretch from pole to pole: But half thy name our spirit fills,

And overwhelms our soul.

6. In vain our haughty reason swells ;

For nothing's found in thee, But boundless inconceivables,

And vast eternity.


149. S. M.
The holiness of God.

The God Jehovah reigns :

Let all the nations fear;
Let sinners tremble at his throne,
And saints be humble there.

The God Jehovah reigns :

Let earth adore its Lord ;
Bright cherubs his attendants stand,

Swift to fulfill his word.


In Zion is his throne,

His honours are divine; His church shall make his wonders known, For there his glories shine.

How holy is his name!

How wonderful his praise !
Justice and truth and judgement join

In all his works of grace.

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The all-seeing God.
[Psalm 139.]

LORD, thou hastsearch'd and seen me thro';
Thine eye commands with piercing view
My rising and my resting hours,
My heart and flesh with all their powers.

My thoughts, before they are my own,
Are to my God distinctly known;
He knows the words I mean to speak,
Ere from my opening lips they break.

Within thy circling power I stand;
On every side I find thy hand :
Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,
I am surrounded still with God.

Amazing knowledge, vast and great!
What large extent! what lofty height!
My soul, with all the powers I boast,
Is in the boundless prospect lost.

O may these thoughts possess my breast
Where'er I rove, where'er I rest!
Nor let my weaker passions dare
Consent to sin; for God is there.

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