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HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY: HEAVEN AND BARTH ARE FULL OF THY GLORY. GLORY BE TO THEE, O LORD MOST HIGH.

GOD THE FATHER:

HIS PERFECTIONS. 1001 Thou art the same, and Thy years shall

have no enil.-Ps. 102. 27.

GOD, the Rock of Ages,
10 O

Who evermore hast been,
What time the tempest rages,

Our dwelling-place serene:
Before Thy first creations,

O Lord, the same as now,
To endless generations

The Everlasting Thou !
2 Our years are like the shadows
On
sunny

hills that lie,
Or
grasses

in the meadows
That blossom but to die :
A sleep, a dream, a story

By strangers quickly told,
An unremaining glory

Of things that soon are old.
3 O Thou, who canst not slumber,

Whose light grows never pale,
Teach us aright to number
Our

years before they fail.
On us Thy mercy lighten,

On us Thy goodness rest,
And let Thy Spirit brighten
The hearts Thyself hast blest.

4 Lord, crown our faith's endeavour

With beauty and with grace,
Till, clothed in light for ever,

We see Thee face to face:
A joy no language measures ;

A fountain brimming o'er;
An endless flow of pleasures ;
An ocean without shore.

E. H. BICKERSTETH. 1870.

1002 So teach us to number our days, that we

may apply our hearts unto wisdom. —Ps. 96. 12.

O

1

GOD of glory, God of grace,

From age to age our dwelling-place,
Before Thy throne we bow.
Ere the vast mountains rose of yore,
When they and earth shall be no more,

The same, O Lord, art Thou.
2 Man's generations rise and pass
Like morning flowers or summer grass,

The creatures of Thy breath :
Our life runs onward like a stream;
We come, and vanish, as a dream,
The
prey

of sin and death.
3 Unnumbered ills beset our path,
Our days are darkened 'neath Thy wrath,

And yet how heedless we!
O touch with grace each erring heart,
True wisdom to each soul impart,

And win us all to Thee.
4 We sink, we perish 'neath Thy frown;
O send Thy healing mercy down

To light our coming years :

Then, be they many, be they few,
Thy grace will bear us safely through
Beyond the reach of tears.

H. F. LYTE. 1834. 1003 The high and Lofty One that inhabiteth

eternity.--Isa. 57. 15. 1 TTERNAL Power, whose high abode

Infinite length beyond the bounds

Where stars revolve their little rounds : 2 Thee while the first Archangel sings,

He hides his face beneath his wings;
And ranks of shining ones around

Fall worshipping, and spread the ground. 3 Lord, what shall earth and ashes do ?

We would adore our Maker too:
From sin and dust to Thee we cry,

The Great, the Holy, and the High.
4 Earth from afar has heard Thy fame,

And we have learned to lisp Thy name;
But oh! the glories of Thy mind

Leave all our soaring thoughts behind. 5 God is in heaven, and men below;

Be short our tunes, our words be few;
A sacred reverence checks our songs,
And praise sits silent on our tongues.

ISAAC WATTS. 1709.

C.M.
This God is our God, for ever

Ps. 48. 14. 1 THROUGH endless years Thou art the same, Åges to come shall know Thy Name,

And spread Thy praise abroad.

1004 This God is our God, for ever and ever. THRO

Thou eternal God?

,

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,

Or changed at Thy command. 4 But Thine eternal state, O Lord,

No length of time shall. waste;
Thy power and goodness, truth and grace,
From
age age

shall last.
5 Thou to the children of Thy saints

Shalt endless blessings give;
They in their fathers' God shall trust,
And in Thy presence live.

TATE AND BRADY. 1696.

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10.10.10.10.11.11. 1005 The Lord reigneth : He is clothed with

majesty. —Ps. 93. 1. 1 THE Lord of Glory reigns, He reigns on

high;
His robes of state are strength and majesty ;
This wide creation rose at His command,
Built by His word, and 'stablished by His

hand;
Long stood His throne ere He began creation,

And His own Godhead is the firm foundation. 2 God is the eternal King; Thy foes in vain

Raise their rebellions to confound Thy reign;
In vain the storms, in vain the floods arise
And roar, and toss their waves against the

skies;

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