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Fountain of being! Source of good!
Immutable thou dost remain;
Nor can the shadow of a change
Obscure the glories of thy reign.
Earth may with all her powers dissolve,
If such the great Creator's will;
But thou for ever art the same,
I AM is thy memorial still.
24. C. M.
The Divine Perfections unchangeable.
THROUGH endless years thou art the same, O thou eternal GOD!
Ages to come shall know thy name,
And spread thy praise abroad.
The strong foundations of the earth,
Of old by thee were laid;
By thee the shining worlds on high,
With matchless skill were made.
Soon shall this goodly frame of things,
Form'd by thy powerful hand,
Be like a vesture laid aside,
And chang'd at thy command:
But thy perfections, all divine,
Eternal as thy days,
Through everlasting ages shine
With undiminish'd rays.
Thy servants' children, still thy care,
Shall own their fathers' GOD,
To latest time thy favour share,
And spread thy praise abroad.
25. c. M. The Foreknowledge and Providence of God.
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LET the whole race of creatures lie
Abas'd before the LORD;
Whate'er his powerful hand has form'd,
He governs with a word.
Ten thousand ages ere the skies
Were into motion brought,
All the long years and worlds to come,
Stood present to his thought.
If light attend the course I go,
'Tis he provides the rays;
And 'tis his hand which hides the sun,
If darkness cloud my days.
Trusting his wisdom and his love,
I would not wish to know
What, in the book of his decrees,
Awaits me here below.
Be this alone my fervent prayer,
Whate'er my lot shall be, and
Or joys or sorrows, may they form
My soul for heaven and thee!
In all my vast concerns with thee,
In vain my soul would try
To shun thy présence, LORD! or flee
The notice of thine eye.
Thy all surrounding sight surveys
My rising and my rest,
My public walks, my private ways,
And secrets of my breast.
My thoughts lie open to the Lord,
Before they're formed within;
And ere my lips pronounce the word,
He knows the sense I mean.
Oh wondrous knowledge, deep and high!
Where can a creature hide?
Within thy circling power I lie,
Beset on every side.
The beams of noon, the midnight hour,
Are both alike to thee:
Oh may I ne'er offend that power,
From which I cannot flee!
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LORD! thou hast search'd and seen me through;
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.
Oh 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.
ETERNAL GOD! thy works of might
Our awe and wonder raise;
Thy deeds of glory far surpass
Our loftiest notes of praise.
Thy awful thunder fills the air,
Resounding through the sky;;
While vivid lightnings 'midst the gloom,
Proclaim JEHOVAH nigh.
He comes; all nature prostrate lies,
And trembles at his nod;
Earthquakes and dreadful storms announce
The presence of the GOD.
The howling winds, the beating rain,
The sea's tumultuous roar,-
These in tremendous concert join'd,
Exalt thy boundless power.
Great GOD! we trust the matchless strength Of thy almighty arm,
Which, 'midst the wreck of thousand worlds, Could shelter us from harm.
29. L. M.
The Greatness of God.
My God, my King! oh may thy praise
Fill all the remnant of my days,
Thy grace employ my humble tongue,
And after death exalt my song!
Oh may each opening morning bear
Some thankful tribute to thy ear,
And every setting sun still see
New works of duty done for thee!
Thy works with sovereign glory shine,
And speak thy majesty divine;
Let Britain round her shores proclaim
The matchless honours of thy name.