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Gloria in excelsis."
2 Sovereign Father, heavenly King,

Thee we now presume to sing;
Glad, Thine attributes confess,

Glorious all, and numberless.
3 Hail, by all Thy works adored,

Hail, the everlasting Lord:
Thee, with thankful hearts we prove

God of power, and God of love.
4 Christ our Lord and God we own,

Christ, the Father's Only Son;
Lamb of God, for sinners slain,

Saviour of offending man.
5 Bow Thine ear, in mercy bow;

Hear, the world's Atonement Thou:
Jesus, in Thy name we pray,

Take, O take our sins away.
6 Hear, for Thou, O Christ, alone

Art with Thy great Father One;
One, the Holy Ghost with Thee;
One supreme, eternal Three.

Rev. Charles Wesley. (1708—1788.) 1739. ab.

Praise from all. 72

Ps. cxvii.
I ALL ye Gentiles, praise the Lord,

All ye lands, your voices raise;
Heaven and earth, with loud accord,

Praise the Lord, forever praise.

2 For His truth and mercy stand,

Past, and present, and to be,
Like the years of His right hand,

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.

DOXOLOGY.

SING we to our God above
Praise eternal as His love:
Praise Him, all ye heavenly host,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Rev. Charles Wesley: 1740.

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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,
Through everlasting ages shine,

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;
Short as the watch that ends the night,

Before the rising sun.
5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.
6 Our God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure.
3 Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame, From everlasting Thou art God,

To endless years the same.

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My Father.
1 O GOD, Thy power is wonderful,

Thy glory passing bright;
Thy wisdom, with its deep on deep,

A rapture to the sight.
2 I see Thee in the eternal years

In glory all alone,
Ere round Thine uncreated fires

Created light had shone.
3 I see Thee walk in Eden's shade,

I see Thee all through time;
Thy patience and compassion seem

New attributes sublime.

4 I see Thee when the doom is o'er,

And outworn time is done,
Still, still incomprehensible,

O God, yet not alone.

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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;
To Thee there's nothing old appears,

Great God, there's nothing new. 4 Our lives through various scenes are drawn,

And vexed with trifling cares;
While Thine eternal thought moves on

Thine undisturbed affairs.
5 Great God, how infinite art Thou,

What worthless worms are we;
Let the whole race of creatures bow,
And pay their praise to Thee.

Rev. Isaac Watts. 1709. ab.

2 How dread are Thine eternal years,

O Everlasting Lord;
By prostrate spirits day and night

Incessantly adored.
3 How beautiful, how beautiful,

The sight of Thee must be,
Thine endless wisdom, boundless power,

And awful purity.
4 O how I fear Thee, Living God,

With deepest, tenderest fears,
And worship Thee with trembling hope,

And penitential tears.
5 Yet I may love Thee too, O Lord,

Almighty as Thou art;
For Thou hast stooped to ask of me

The love of my poor heart.
6 No earthly father loves like Thee,

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.

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The Condescension of God, 78

Ps. cxu. 2 Blesséd be for evermore

That dread name which we adore :
O'er all nations God alone,

Higher than the heavens His throne. 3 Yet to view the heavens He bends;

Yea, to earth He condescends;
Passing by the rich and great,

For the low and desolate.
4 He can raise the poor to stand

With the princes of the land;
Wealth upon the needy shower;

Set the meanest high in power. 5 He the broken spirit cheers,

Turns to joy the mourner's tears;
Such the wonders of His ways:
Praise His name, forever praise.

Josiah Conder. (1789-1855.) 1837. ab.

14 Earth, from all thy depths below,

Ocean's hallelujahs flow;
Lightning, vapor, wind, and storm,

Hail and snow, His will perform. 5 Birds, on wings of rapture soar,

Warble at His temple-door ;
Joyful sounds from herds and flocks,

Echo back, ye caves and rocks.
6 High above all height His throne,

Excellent His name alone;
Him let all His works confess;
Him let every being bless.

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;
He commanded, Nature heard,

And stood fast upon His word.
3 Praise Him, all ye hosts above;

Spirits perfected in love;
Sun and moon, your voices raise;
Sing, ye stars, your Maker's praise.

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Exhortation to Praise.

Ps. cl.
I PRAISE the Lord, His glories show,

Saints within His courts below,
Angels round His throne above,

Praise Him, all that share His love. 2 Earth, to heaven exalt the strain,

Send it, heaven, to earth again;
Age to age, and shore to shore,

Praise Him, praise Him, evermore,
3 Praise the Lord; His goodness trace,

All the wonders of His grace;
All that He hath borne and done,

All He sends us through His Son.
4 Strings and voices, hands and hearts,

In the concert bear your parts;
All that breathe, your Lord adore,
Praise Him, praise Him, evermore.
Rev. Henry Francis Lyte. (1793-1847.) 1834, 1841.

HENDON. 7.

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

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Ps. cl.

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,
For His mercies shall endure,

By the shades of death o'erspread,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

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;
His full hand supplies their need :
For His mercies shall endure,

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,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

With the sacred minstrel's lays.
John Milton. (1608—1674.) 1624. ab. and alt.

3 Let the organ join to bless
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The Eternal Shepherd.

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.

Ps. xxiii.

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