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6. Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan his work in vain; God is his own interpreter,

And he will make it plain.

184. c. M.

DODDRIDGE. The ways of the righteous known to God.

1. To thee, my God, my days are known;

My soul enjoys the thought; My actions all before thy face, Nor are my wants forgot.

Each secret breath devotion vents

Is vocal to thine ear;
And all my walks of daily life
Before thine eye appear.

The vacant hour, the active scene,

Thy mercy shall approve; And every pang of sympathy, And every care of love.

Each golden hour of beaming light

Is gilded by thy rays;
And dark affliction's midnight gloom
A present God surveys. .

Full in thy view through life I pass,

And in thy view I die,
And when each mortal bond is broke

Shall find my God is nigh.



Stript of its little earthly all

My soul in smiles shall go,
And in a heavenly heritage
Its Father's bounty know.

185. L. M.
God the protector of the righteous.

The Almighty reigns, exalted high
O'er all the earth, o'er all the sky:
Though clouds and darkness veil his feet,
His dwelling is the mercy-seat.


that love his holy name,
Hate every work of sin and shame:
He guards the souls of all his friends,
And from the snares of vice defends.

Immortal light and joys unknown
Are for the saints in darkness sown:
Those glorious seeds shall spring and rise,
And the bright harvest bless our eyes.

Rejoice, ye righteous, and record
The sacred honours of the Lord :
None but the soul that feels his grace
Can triumph in his holiness.

186. C. M.


The goodness of God to the righteous.

1. OUR souls with pleasing wonder view

The bounties of thy grace; How much bestow'd, how much reserved, For those who seek thy face!

2. Thy liberal hand with worldly bliss

Oft makes their cup run o'er; And in the covenant of thy love They find diviner store.

3. But oh! what treasures yet unknown

Are lodged in worlds to come! If these the enjoyments of the way, How happy is their home!

And what shall mortal worms reply,

Or how such goodness own?
But 'tis our joy, that, Lord, to thee
Thy servants' hearts are known.

5. Since time's too short, all-gracious God,

To utter half thy praise,
Loud to the honour of thy name

Eternal hymns we'll raise.

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· 187. C. M. Praise for divine revelation.

A GLORY gilds the sacred page,

Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age,
It gives, but borrows none.

2. The hand that gave it still supplies

The gracious light and heat: His truths upon the nations rise; They rise, but never set.

3. Let everlasting thanks be thine,

For such a bright display As makes a world of darkness shine

With beams of heavenly day.


My soul rejoices to pursue

The steps of him I love,
Till glory breaks upon my view

In brighter worlds above.


188. c. M.
Praise for the gospel.

To our almighty maker, God,

New honours be addrest;
His great salvation shines abroad,
And makes the nations blest.

Happy the man who hears and knows

The gospel's joyful sound;
Peace shall attend the path he goes,
And light his steps surround.

3. God rules the world with truth and grace, ,

And makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness, And wonders of his love.

4. * Let the whole earth his love proclaim

With all her different tongues, And spread the honours of his name In melody and songs.

189. S. M. The gospel the source of pious gratulation.

How beauteous are their feet

Who stand on Zion's hill,
Who bring salvation on their tongues,

And words of peace reveal !


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