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“ Gloria in excelsis."
Thee we now presume to sing;
Glorious all, and numberless.
Hail, the everlasting Lord:
God of power, and God of love.
Christ, the Father's Only Son;
Saviour of offending man.
Hear, the world's Atonement Thou:
Take, O take our sins away.
Art with Thy great Father One;
Rev. Charles Wesley. (1708—1788.) 1739. ab.
Praise from all. 72
All ye lands, your voices raise;
Praise the Lord, forever praise.
2 For His truth and mercy stand,
Past, and present, and to be,
Like His own eternity.
3 Praise Him, ye who know His love;
Praise Him, from the depths beneath; Praise Him, in the heights above; Praise your Maker, all that breathe.
James Montgomery, $22.
SING we to our God above
Rev. Charles Wesley: 1740.
God immutable, 73
Ps. CIL. 2 The strong foundations of the earth
Of old by Thee were laid; By Thee the beauteous arch of heaven
With matchless skill was made. 3 Soon shall this goodly frame of things,
Formed by Thy powerful hand, Be, like a vesture, laid aside,
And changed at Thy command. 4 But Thy perfections, all divine,
Eternal as Thy days,
With undiminished rays. 5 Our children's children, still Thy care,
Shall own their Father's God; To latest times Thy favor share, And spread Thy praise abroad.
Tate and Brady. 1696. ab. and alt.
14. A thousand ages, in Thy sight,
Are like an evening gone;
Before the rising sun.
Bears all its sons away;
Dies at the opening day.
Our hope for years to come,
Rev. Isaac Watts. (1674-1748.) 1719. ab.
Man frail, and God eternal. 74
Ps. XC. I OUR God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come; Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home: 2 Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
And our defence is sure.
Or earth received her frame, From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.
Thy glory passing bright;
A rapture to the sight.
In glory all alone,
Created light had shone.
I see Thee all through time;
New attributes sublime.
4 I see Thee when the doom is o'er,
And outworn time is done,
O God, yet not alone.
God's eternal Dominion, 76 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;
Great God, there's nothing new. 4 Our lives through various scenes are drawn,
And vexed with trifling cares;
Thine undisturbed affairs.
What worthless worms are we;
Rev. Isaac Watts. 1709. ab.
2 How dread are Thine eternal years,
O Everlasting Lord;
The sight of Thee must be,
And awful purity.
With deepest, tenderest fears,
And penitential tears.
Almighty as Thou art;
The love of my poor heart.
No mother half so mild Bears and forbears, as Thou hast done
With me, Thy sinful child. 7 Father of Jesus, love's reward,
What rapture wili it be, Prostrate before Thy throne to lie, And gaze, and gaze on Thee.
Rev. Frederick William Faber. 1849. ab.
The Condescension of God, 78
Ps. cxu. 2 Blesséd be for evermore
That dread name which we adore :
Higher than the heavens His throne. 3 Yet to view the heavens He bends;
Yea, to earth He condescends;
For the low and desolate.
With the princes of the land;
Set the meanest high in power. 5 He the broken spirit cheers,
Turns to joy the mourner's tears;
Josiah Conder. (1789-1855.) 1837. ab.
14 Earth, from all thy depths below,
Ocean's hallelujahs flow;
Hail and snow, His will perform. 5 Birds, on wings of rapture soar,
Warble at His temple-door ;
Echo back, ye caves and rocks.
Excellent His name alone;
James Montgomery. (1771—1854.) 1822. ab.
Praise from all God's Creatures. 79
Ps. cxlviii. 1 HERALDS of creation, cry,
Praise the Lord, the Lord most high: Heaven and earth, obey the call,
Praise the Lord, the Lord of all. 2 For He spake, and forth from night,
Sprang the universe to light;
And stood fast upon His word.
Spirits perfected in love;
Exhortation to Praise.
Saints within His courts below,
Praise Him, all that share His love. 2 Earth, to heaven exalt the strain,
Send it, heaven, to earth again;
Praise Him, praise Him, evermore,
All the wonders of His grace;
All He sends us through His Son.
In the concert bear your parts;
Rev. Cæsar Henri Abraham Malan. (1787–1864.) 1830.
1. Let us, with a gladsome mind, Praise the Lord, for He is
kind: For His mercies
81 Wonders of Creation, Providence, and Grace. To the streams that, still and slow,
Through the verdant meadows flow. 2 He, with all-commanding might,
Filled the new-made world with light: 3 Safe the dreary vale I tread,
By the shades of death o'erspread,
With Thy rod and staff supplied,
This way guard, and that my guide. 3 He His chosen race did bless In the wasteful wilderness :
4. Constant to my latest end, For His mercies shall endure,
Thou my footsteps shalt attend; Ever faithful, ever sure.
And shalt bid Thy hallowed dome
Yield me an eternal home. 4 He hath, with a piteous eye,
Rev. James Merrick. (1720—1769.) 1765. ab. and alt. Looked upon our misery : For His mercies shall endure,
“Praise the Lord." Ever faithful, ever sure.
83 5 All things living He doth feed,
I PRAISE the Lord, His power confess,
Praise Him in His holiness;
Praise Him as the theme inspires,
Praise Him as His fame requires. Ever faithful, ever sure. 6 Let us therefore warble forth
2. Let the trumpet's lofty sound His high majesty and worth:
Spread its loudest notes around; For His mercies shall endure,
Let the harp unite, in praise,
With the sacred minstrel's lays.
3 Let the organ join to bless
God, the Lord of righteousness;
Tune your voice to spread the fame i To Thy pastures fair and large,
Of the great Jehovah's name. Heavenly Shepherd, lead Thy charge,
4. All who dwell beneath His light, And my couch, with tenderest care, Mid the springing grass prepare.
In His praise your hearts unite;
While the stream of song is poured, 2 When I faint with summer's heat Praise and magnify the Lord. Thou shalt guide my weary feet
William Wrangham. (-1832.) 1829.