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Neh. ix. 5

"Stand up, and bless the Lord." 57

Come, like the people of His choice,

And own your gracious God. 2 O for the living flame,

Rev. Isaac Watts. (1674-1748.) 1719. ab. From His own altar brought, To touch our lips, our minds inspire,

Universal Praise.
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Ps. cxlviii.
And wing to heaven our thought.

1 Let every creature join 3 God is our strength and song,

To praise the eternal God,
And His salvation ours;

Ye heavenly hosts, the song begin, Then be His love in Christ proclaimed

And sound His name abroad.
With all our ransomed powers.

2 Thou sun with golden beams, 4 Stand up, and bless the Lord,

And moon with paler rays,
The Lord your God adore;

Ye starry lights, ye twinkling flames, Stand up, and bless His glorious name,

Shine to your Maker's praise.
Henceforth for evermore.
James Montgomery. (1771—1854.) 1825. ab. 3 He built those worlds above,

And fixed their wondrous frame;
Exhortation to Worship.

By His command they stand and move, I COME, sound His praise abroad,

And ever speak His name.
And hymns of glory sing:

4 Ye vapors, when ye rise, Jehovah is the sovereign God,

Or fall in showers or snow,
The universal King.

Ye thunders, murmuring round the skies, 2 He formed the deeps unknown,

His power and glory show.
He gave the seas their bound;

5 Wind, hail, and flashing fire, The watery worlds are all His own,

Agree to praise the Lord,
And all the solid ground.

When ye in dreadful storms conspire 3 Come, worship at His throne,

To execute His word.
Come, bow before the Lord,
We are His work, and not our own;

6 By all His works above

His honors be expressed;
He formed us by His word.

But saints, that taste His saving love, 4 To-day attend His voice,

Should sing His praises best.
Nor dare provoke His rod;

Rev. Isaac Watts. 1719.

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Ps. xcv.

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60 The Divine Sovereignty and Goodness.

3 Oft He forgave their sins, Ps. viii.

Nor would destroy their race; 2 When to Thy works on high

And oft He made His vengeance known I raise my wondering eyes,

When they abused His grace.
And see the moon, complete in light,
Adorn the darksome skies;

4 Exalt the Lord our God,

Whose grace is still the same; 3 When I survey the stars,

Still He's a God of holiness, And all their shining forms,

And jealous for His name. Lord, what is man, that worthless thing,

Rev. Isaac Watts. 1719. Akin to dust and worms? 4 Lord, what is worthless man,

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The only Wise."

Jude 24, 25. That Thou shouldst love Him so?

i To God the only wise, Next to Thine angels is he placed,

Our Saviour and our King, And lord of all below.

Let all the saints below the skies 5 How rich Thy bounties are,

Their humble praises bring. And wondrous are Thy ways:

2 'Tis His almighty love, Of dust and worms Thy power can frame

His counsel and His care, A monument of praise.

Preserves us safe from sin and death, 6 O Lord, our heavenly King,

And every hurtful snare.
Thy name is all divine:
Thy glories round the earth are spread,

3 He will present our souls, And o'er the heavens they shine.

Unblemished and complete,
Rev. Isaac Watts. 1719. ab.

Before the glory of His face,

With joys divinely great. 61 A holy God worshipped with Reverence. Ps. xcix.

4 Then all the chosen seed 1 EXALT the Lord our God,

Shall meet around the throne, And worship at His feet;

Shall bless the conduct of His grace, His nature is all holiness,

And make His wonders known. And mercy is His seat.

5 To our Redeemer God 2 When Israel was His church,

Wisdom and power belongs,
When Aaron was His priest,

Immortal crowns of majesty,
When Moses cried, when Samuel prayed, And everlasting songs.
He gave His people rest.

Rev. Isaac Watts. 1709.

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The Heavens declare the Glory of God."

Ps. xix.
2 The unwearied sun, from day to day,

Does his Creator's power display,
And publishes to every land

The work of an Almighty Hand.
3 Soon as the evening shades prevail,

The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth

Repeats the story of her birth; 4 Whilst all the stars that round her burn,

And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,

And spread the truth from pole to pole. 5 What though in solemn silence all

Move round the dark terrestrial ball?
What though no real voice nor sound

Amid their radiant orbs be found ? 6 In reason's ear they all rejoice,

And utter forth a glorious voice;
For ever singing, as they shine,
" The Hand that made us is divine."

Joseph Addison. (1672–1719.) 1712.

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God's Glory and Nearness to us.

Acts xvii. 24---28.
i LORD of all being; throned afar,

Thy glory flames from sun and star;
Centre and soul of every sphere,

Yet to each loving heart how near. 2 Sun of our life, Thy quickening ray

Sheds on our path the glow of day;

4 Lord of all life, below, above,

Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,
Before Thy ever-blazing throne
We ask no lustre of our own.

5 Grant us Thy truth to make us free,

And kindling hearts that burn for Thee,
Till all Thy living altars claim
One holy light, one heavenly flame.

Oliver Wendell Holmes. (1809-) 1848. 65

God's Love our Refuge.
1 O SOURCE divine, and Life of all,

The Fount of being's wondrous sea,
Thy depth would every heart appal,

That saw not Love supreme in Thee. 2 We shrink before Thy vast abyss,

Where worlds on worlds eternal brood; We know Thee truly but in this,

That Thou bestowest all our good.

3 And so, 'mid boundless time and space,

O grant us still in Thee to dwell,
And through the ceaseless web to trace

Thy presence working all things well.

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Where'er we turn, Thy glo - ries shine, And all things fair and bright are Thine.

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God in Nature.

The changing clouds, the viewless air,
Ps. lxxiv. 16, 17.

Tempest and calm Thy word fulfil; 2 When day, with farewell beam, delays

Day unto day doth utter speech, Among the opening clouds of even,

And night to night Thy knowledge teach. And we can almost think we gaze

Through golden vistas into heaven, Those hues that mark the sun's decline,

2 Though voice nor sound inform the ear,

Well known the language of their song, So soft, so radiant, Lord, are Thine.

When one by one the stars appear, 3 When night, with wings of starry gloom, Led by the silent moon along,

O'ershadows all the earth and skies, Till round the earth, from all the sky,
Like some dark, beauteous bird, whose plume Thy beauty beams on every eye.

Is sparkling with unnumbered eyes,
That sacred gloom, those fires divine, 3 Waked by Thy touch the morning sun
So grand, so countless, Lord, are Thine. Comes like a bridegroom from his bower,
4 When youthful spring around us breathes, And, like a giant, glad to run
Thy spirit warms her fragrant sigh;

His bright career with speed and power; And every flower the summer wreathes

Thy flaming messenger, to dart Is born beneath that kindling eye.

Life through the depth of nature's heart. Where'er we turn, Thy glories shine, And all things fair and bright are Thine.

4. While these transporting visions shine Thomas Moore. (1779—1852.) 1816.

Along the path of Providence,

Glory eternal, joy divine, 67 "The Heavens declare the Glory of God."

Thy word reveals, transcending sense; Ps. xix.

My soul Thy goodness longs to see, I Thy glory, Lord, the heavens declare,

Thy love to man, Thy love to me. The firmament displays Thy skill;

James Montgomery. (1771—1854.) 1822.

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68 Glory to God in the highest."

Distant isles and tribes unknown,

'Mid the ocean waste and lone. 2 Songs of praise awoke the morn,

When the Prince of Peace was born; 3 By Thy boundless might set fast, Songs of praise arose, when He

Rise the mountains firm and vast: Captive led captivity.

Thou canst with a word assuage 3 Heaven and earth must pass away,

Ocean's wide and deafening rage. Songs of praise shall crown that day;

4 When Thy signs in heaven appear, God will make new heavens, new earth,

Earth's remotest regions fear; Songs of praise shall hail their birth.

And the bounties of Thy hand 4 And can man alone be dumb

Fill with gladness every land.
Till that glorious kingdom come?
No; the Church delights to raise

5 Thou dost visit earth, and rain Psalms, and hymns, and songs of praise.

Blessings on the thirsty plain,

From the copious founts on high, 5 Saints below, with heart and voice,

From the rivers of the sky.
Still in songs of praise rejoice;
Learning here, by faith and love,

6 Thus the clouds Thy power confess, Songs of praise to sing above.

And Thy paths drop fruitfulness,

And the voice of song and mirth 6 Borne upon their latest breath,

Rises from the tribes of earth. Songs of praise shall conquer death;

Josiah Conder. (1789—1855.) 3836 Then, amidst eternal joy, Songs of praise their powers employ.

Hail, celestial Goodness, hail." James Montgomery. (1771—1854.) 1819, 1853. 70

i Holy, holy, holy Lord, 69

God praised for His Mercies.
Ps. Ixv.

Be Thy glorious name adored:
I PRAISE on Thee in Zion's gates,

Lord, Thy mercies never fail;
Daily, O Jehovah, waits:

Hail, celestial Goodness, hail !
Unto Thee, O God, belong
Grateful words and holy song.

2 Though unworthy, Lord, Thine ear,

Deign our humble songs to hear; 2 Thou the Hope and Refuge art

Purer praise we hope to bring, Of remotest lands apart;

When around Thy throne we sing.

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