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Power and Majesty of God. Ps. 89.

1 WITH reverence let the saints appear, And bow before the Lord;

His high commands with reverence hear,
And tremble at his word.

2 How terrible thy glories be!
How bright thine armies shine!
Where is the power that vies with thee?
Or truth compared with thine?

3 The northern pole and southern rest
On thy supporting hand;

Darkness and day from east to west
Move round at thy command.

4 Thy words the raging winds control,
And rule the boisterous deep;

Thou mak'st the sleeping billows roll,
The rolling billows sleep.

5 Justice and judgment are thy throne,
Yet wondrous is thy grace;

While truth and mercy, joined in one,
Invite us near thy face.

98. L. M. WATTS.

God Incomprehensible and Sovereign.
1 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, 't is deep as hell,
And what can mortals know or tell?
His glory spreads beyond the sky,
And all the shining worlds on high.

3 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?

4 He wounds the heart, and he makes whole;
And calms the tempest of the soul:
When he shuts up in long despair,
Who can remove the heavy bar?

5 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.

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

99. L. M.


Seeing the Invisible.

1 ETERNAL and immortal King!
Thy peerless splendors none can bear;
But darkness veils seraphic eyes,
When God with all his glory's there.

2 Yet faith can pierce the awful gloom,
The great Invisible can see;

And with its tremblings mingle joy,
In fixed regards, great GOD! to thee.

3 Then every tempting form of sin, Shamed in thy presence, disappears; And all the glowing raptured soul The likeness it contemplates, wears. 4 O ever conscious to my heart! Witness to its supreme desire: Behold it presseth on to thee,

For it hath caught the heavenly fire. 5 This one petition would it urge— To bear thee ever in its sight; In life, in death, in worlds unknown, Its only portion and delight!



God Eternal and Unchangeable.

1 ALL-powerful, self-existent God,
Who all creation dost sustain !

Thou wast, and art, and art to come,
And everlasting is thy reign!

2 Fixed and eternal as thy days,
Each glorious attribute divine,
Through ages infinite, shall still
With undiminished lustre shine.

3 Fountain of being! Source of good!
Immutable thou dost remain !
Nor can the shadow of a change
Obscure the glories of thy reign.

4 Earth may with all her powers dissolve,
If such the great Creator's will;
But thou forever art the same,
I AM is thy memorial still.


L. M.


Eternity of God. Ps. 90.

1 ERE mountains reared their forms sublime,
Or the fair earth in order stood,
Before the birth of ancient time,
From everlasting thou art God.

2 A thousand ages in their flight,
With thee are as a fleeting day;
Past, present, future, to thy sight
At once their various scenes display.
3 But our brief life's a shadowy dream,
A passing thought, that soon is o'er,
That fades with morning's earliest beam,
And fills the musing mind no more.

4 To us, O Lord, the wisdom give
So every precious hour to spend,
That we at length with thee may live
Where life and bliss shall never end.


L. M.


Immutability of God.

Ps. 102.

1 GREAT Former of this various frame !
Our souls adore thine awful name;
And bow, and tremble, while we praise
The Ancient of eternal days.

2 Beyond an angel's vision bright,
Thou dwell'st in self-existent light;
Which shines with undiminished ray,
While suns and worlds in smoke decay.

3 Our days a transient period run,
And change with every circling sun;
And, in the firmest state we boast,
A moth can crush us into dust.

4 But let the creatures fall around;
Let death consign us to the ground;
Let the last general flame arise,
And melt the arches of the skies;
5 Calm as the summer's ocean, we
Can all the wreck of nature see,
While grace secures us an abode,
Unshaken as the throne of God.

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Eternal Dominion of God.

1 GREAT God, how infinite art thou!
How frail and weak are we!
Let the whole race of creatures bow,
And pay their praise to thee.

2 Thy throne eternal ages stood,
Ere seas or stars were made:
Thou art the ever living God,
Were all the nations dead.

3 Eternity, with all its years,

Stands present in thy view;

To thee there's nothing old appears;
Great God! there's nothing new.

4 Our lives through varying scenes are drawn, And vexed with trifling cares,

While thine eternal thought moves on
Thine undisturbed affairs.

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