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PRAISE to God, immortal praise,
For the love that crowns our days ;
Bounteous source of ev'ry joy,
Let Thy praise our tongues employ;
All to Thee, our God, we owe,

Source whence all our blessings flow.
2 All the plenty summer pours ;

Autumn's rich o'erflowing stores ;
Flocks that whiten all the plain ;
Yellow sheaves of ripened grain :
Lord, for these our souls shall raise

Grateful vows and solemn praise. 3 Peace, prosperity, and health,

Private bliss, and public wealth,
Knowledge with its gladdening streams,
Pure religion's holier beams :
Lord, for these our souls shall raise

Grateful vows and solemn praise.
4 As Thy prospering hand hath blest,

May we give Thee of our best ;
And by deeds of kindly love
For Thy mercies grateful prove;
Singing thus through all our days,
Praise to God, immortal praise.

Mrs. A. L. Barbaud, Alt. & Ab. 744

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PRAISE, O praise our God and King !
Hymns of adoration sing ;
For His mercies still endure,

Ever faithful, ever sure.
2 Praise Him that He made the sun
Day by day his course to run ;
And the silver moon by night,
Shining with her gentle light.

3 Praise Him that He gave the rain

To mature the swelling grain ;
And hath bid the fruitful field

Crops of precious increase yield.
4 Praise Him for our harvest-store,

He hath filled the garner-floor ;
And for richer food than this,

Pledge of everlasting bliss.
5 Glory to our bounteous King ;

Glory let creation sing ;
Glory to the Father, Son,
And blest Spirit, Three in One.

H. W. Baker. 745

8s, 7s. 81. TO THEE, O Lord, our hearts we raise

In hymns of adoration,
To Thee bring sacrifice of praise

With shouts of exultation :
Bright robes of gold the fields adorn,

The hills with joy are ringing,
The valleys stand so thick with corn

That even they are singing.
2 And now on this our festal day,

Thy bounteous hand confessing, Upon Thine altar, Lord, we lay

The first-fruits of Thy blessing.
By Thee the souls of men are fed

With gifts of grace supernal,
Thou who dost give us earthly bread,

Give us the Bread eternal.
3 We bear the burden of the day,

And often toil seems dreary ; But labor ends with sunset ray,

And rest comes for the weary.

May we, the angel-reaping o'er,

Stand at the last accepted,
Christ's golden sheaves for evermore

To garners bright elected.
4 Oh, blessèd is that land of God,

Where saints abide for ever ; Where golden fields spread fair and broad,

Where flows the crystal river : The strains of all its holy throng

With ours to-day are blending; Thrice blessèd is that harvest-song Which never hath an ending.

W. C. Dix.

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COME, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of Harvest-Home :
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin ;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied ;
Come to God's own temple, come,

Raise the song of Harvest-Home.
2 All the world is God's own field,

Fruit unto His praise to yield ;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown:
First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear :
Lord of harvest, grant that we

Wholesome grain and pure may be.
3 For the Lord our God shall come,

And shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away ;

Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His Garner evermore.

4 Even so, Lord, quickly come,

To Thy final Harvest-Home !
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin ;
There for ever purified,
In Thy Presence to abide :
Come, with all Thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious Harvest-Home !

H. Alford

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CHRIST, by heav'nly hosts ador'd,
Gracious, mighty, sov'reign Lord,
God of nations, King of kings,
Head of all created things,
By the Church with joy confess'd,
God o'er all forever blest ;
Pleading at Thy throne we stand,

Save Thy people, bless our land.
2 On our fields of grass and grain

Send, O Lord, the kindly rain ;
O'er our wide and goodly land
Crown the labors of each hand.
Let Thy kind protection be
O'er our commerce on the sea :
Open, Lord, Thy bounteous hand,

Bless Thy people, bless our land.
3 Let our rulers ever be

Men that love and honor Thee ;
Let the powers by Thee ordained
Be in righteousness maintained ;

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In the people's hearts increase
Love of piety and peace;
Thus united we shall stand
One wide, free, and happy land.

H. Harbaugh 748 We give Thee thanks, O God, this day,

For mercies never failing ;
Thy love hath brought us on our way,

For all our wants availing.
2 No less that love hath met our need

Than when the manna falling Did day by day Thy people feed,

To love and praises calling.
3 The smitten rock poured forth of old

Its crystal waters gleaming ;
And still the same glad tale is told,

For us the floods are streaming. 4 The seasons come, the seasons go,

But each shall find us singing :
For each shall greet us, well we know,

New favors from Thee bringing.
5 Thro’ endless years Thou art the same,

Thy mercy changes never ;
Then blessed be Thy mighty name
Forever and forever.

R. M. Offord.

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L. M. O God, beneath Thy guiding hand,

Qur exiled fathers crossed the sea ; And when they trod the wintry strand, With pray'r and psalm they worship’d

Thee.

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