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2 There's not of grass a single blade,
Or leaf of loveliest green,
And heavenly wisdom seen. 3 There's not a star whose twinkling light
Shines on the distant earth,
But God has given it birth.
In ocean deep, or air, Where skill and wisdom are not found,
For God is everywhere.
Wherever space extends;
J. A. WALLACE. 1872.
3 The merry birds prolong the strain,
Their song with every spring renewed; And balmy air, and falling rain,
Each softly whispers --God is good. 4 I hear it in the rushing breeze;
The hills that have for ages stood,
All swell the chorus,-God is good. 5 Yes, God is good, all nature says,
By God's own hand with speech endued : And man, in louder notes of
Should sing for joy that God is good. 6 For all Thy gifts we bless Thee, Lord;
But chiefly for our heavenly food, [word. Thy pardoning grace, Thy quickenin These prompt our song, that God is good
J. H. GURNEY. 1851.
Gen. i. 11.
Enough for great and small, (forth The oak-tree and the cedar-treo,
Without a flower at all. 2 Ile might have made enough,-enough
For every want of ours,
And yet have made no flowers ! 3 Then wherefore, wherefore were they
All dyed in rainbow light, (made, All fashioned with supremest grace,
Up-springing day and night? 4 Springing in valleys green and low,
And on the mountains high, And in the secret wilderness,
Where no man passeth by. 5 Our outward life requires them not;
Then wherefore had they birth? To minister delight to man,
And beautify the earth. 6 To comfort man, and whisper hope
Whene'er his faith is dim; [flower, For God, who formed each beauteous Will surely care for him.
MARY HOWITT. 1860.
8.7. God is love.-1 John iv. 8. 1 GOD
All the path in which we rove; Bliss He wakes, and woe He lightens:
God is wisdom, God is love. 2 Death and change are busy ever,
Man decays, and ages move; But His mercy waneth never:
God is wisdom, God is love. 3 E'en the hour that darkest seemeth
Will His changeless goodness prove: From the cloud His brightness streameth:
God is wisdom, God is love. 4 He with earthly cares entwineth
Hope and comfort from above; Everywhere His glory shineth: God is wisdom, God is love.
SIR JOHN BOWRING. 1823.
Ps. lxxvii. 20.
GOD of Bethel ! by whose hand
Thy people still are fed; Who through this
earthly pilgrimage Hast all our fathers led. 2 Our fervent prayers we now present
Before Thy throne of grace; God of our fathers be the God
Of their succeeding race. 3 Through each perplexing path of life
Our wandering footsteps guide; Give us each day our daily bread,
And raiment fit provide. 4 0 spread Thy covering wings around,
Till all our wanderings cease, And at our Father's loved abode
Our souls arrive in peace.
From ocean depths and spreading Ten thousand voices seem to cry, - [wood,
God made us all, and God is good. 2 The sun that keeps his trackless way,
And downward pours his golden flood, Night's sparkling hosts, all seem to say, In accents clear, that God is good.
5 Now, with the humble voice of prayer,
Thy mercy we implore; Then, with the grateful voice of praise, Thy goodness we'll adore.
PHILIP DODDRIDGE. 1737.
2 Open Thou the crystal fountain
Whence the healing streams do flow; Let the fiery, cloudy pillar, Lead me all my journey through;
Strong Deliverer, Be Thou still my strength and shield. 3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside:
Songs of praises
WILLIAM WILLIAMS. 1772.
Matt. vi. 9. 1 G VREAT God, and wilt Thou condescend
To be my Father and my Friend? I a poor child, and Thou so high, The Lord of earth and air and sky!
2 Art Thou my Father? Canst Thou bear 22
To hear my poor, imperfect prayer?
That such a feeble one can raise ? 3 Art Thou my Father? Let me be
A meek, obedient child to Thee;
To serve and please Thee as I ought. 4 Art Thou my Father? I'll depend
Upon the care of such a Friend,
Whatever seemeth good to Thee.
When all my days on earth are past,
JANE TAYLOR. 1810.
8.7.4. Bless me, even me also, O my Father.
Gen. xxvii. 38. 1
May we ever
Which can only come from Thec;
Changed in spirit,
When we falter by the way,
Thou art mighty,
Will we render, Lord, to Thee;
All the nations
M. E SHELLY.
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
HIS COMING. 23
Rev. xix. 16.
' name! Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all. 2 Crown Him, ye martyrs of our God,
Who from His altar call; Extol the stem of Jesse's rod,
And crown Him Lord of all.
3 Ye chosen seed of Israel's race,
A remnant weak and small, Hail Him who saves you by His grace,
And crowu Him Lord of all. 4 Ye Gentile sinners, ne'er forget
The wormwood and the gall; Go, spread
your trophies at His feet, And crown Him Lord of all. 5 Let every kindred, every tribe,
On this terrestrial ball, To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all.
6 O that with yonder sa throng
Love Him who with love is yearning, We at His feet may tway
Hail the Star that from far Join in the everlasting song,
Bright with hope is burning. And crown Him Lord of all.
4 Ye who pine in weary sadness, EDWARD PERRONET. 1780.
Weep no more, for the door
Now is found of gladness.
Cling to Him, for He will guide you
Can again betide you. 1 T came upon the midnight clear,
5 Blessed Saviour, let me find Thee,
Keep Thou me close to Thee,
Cast me not behind Thee. “Peace to the earth, good will to men,
Life of life, my heart Thou stillest,
Calm I rest on Thy breast,
And all this void Thou fillest.
6 Thee, O Lord, with heed I'll cherish,
Live to Thee, and with Thee 2 Still through the cloven skies they come
Dying, shall not perish, With peaceful wings unfurled,
But shall dwell with Thee for ever, And still their heavenly music floats
Far on high, in the joy O'er all the weary world;
That can alter never. Above its sad and lowly plains
P. GERHARDT. 1651. They bend on heavenly wing, And ever o'er its Babel
sounds The blessed angels sing.
Good tidings of great joy.-Luke ii. 10. 3 Yet, with the woes of sin and strife, The world has suffered long;
1 HARK the glad sound! the Saviour Beneath the angels' strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong;
The Saviour promised long :
And every voice a song.
2 He comes the prisoners to release
In Satan's bondage held: 4 For lo! the days are hasting on,
The gates of brass before Him burst, By prophet bards foretold,
The iron fetters yield.
3 He comes the broken heart to bind, When peace shall over all the earth
The bleeding soul to cure,
And with the treasures of His graco Its ancient splendours fling,
To enrich the humble poor.
4 Our glad hosannas, Prince of peace,
And heaven's eternal arches ring
With Thy beloved name. 25
PHILIP DODDRIDGE. 1735. a manger.-Luke ii. 7. 1
27 As I ,
Unto you is born ...a Saviour. Sweetest angel voices;
Luke ii. 11. “Christ is born!” their choirs are singing, 1 HARK! the herald angels sing,
H Till the air, everywhere,
“ Glory to the new-born King! Now with joy is ringing.
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!" 2 Hark! a voice from yonder manger, Soft and sweet, doth entreat:
2 Hail the heaven-born Prince of peace ! “Flee from woe and danger;
Hail the Sun of righteousness! Brethren, come: from all doth grieve you Light and life to all He brings, You are freed; all you need
Risen with healing in His wings. I will surely give you.
3 Mild He lays His glory by, 3 Come, then, let us hasten yonder;
Born that man no more may die, Here let all, great and small,
Born to raise the sons of earth, Kneel in awe and wonder.
Born to give them second birth.
5 Bright the crest of the sons of the
our infant Redeemer is lai
R. HEBER. 1811.
4 Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Bruise in us the serpent's head. 5 Adam's likeness now efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place;
CHARLES WESLEY. 1739.
is given.-Isa. ix. 6.
O'er island, sea, and main. 2" To us a child is born,"
To bless our guilty race,
To save us by His grace. 3“ To us a Son is given,"
All glory to His name!
His wondrous, boundless fame. 4 The offering of our hearts
Low at His feet we lay ;
Keep the glad holiday.
We give ourselves to Thee; Our souls adore Thy royal sway, Let us Thy glory see.
J. T. WIGNER, 1878. 29
Matt. ii. 2.
[thine aid; Dawn on_our darkness, and lend us Star of the East! the horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is
laid. 2 Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining;
[stall, Low lies His bed with the beasts of the Angels adore Him, in slumber reclining, Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour of
all. 3 Say, shall we yield Him in costly devotion,
Odours of Edom and offerings divine, Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the
[mine? Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the 4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation;
Vainly with gifts would His favour
secure; Richer by far is the heart's adoration, Dearer to God are the prayers of the
7s. We have seen His star in the east.
Matt. ii. 2. 1
ne men of old
star behold; As wit!
led its light, ivi
cord, may we
To that lowly manger-bed ;
Ever seek the mercy-seat.
At that manger rude and bare ;
Christ! to Thee, our heavenly King.
Keep us in the narrow way;
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.
Need they no created light;
Zech. ix. 9.
Of God incarnate and the Virgin's Son.
("Behold, Who heard the angelic herald's voice, I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth, To you and all the nations upon earth; This day hath God fulfilled His promised word,
(Lord." This day is born a Saviour, Christ the
3 He spake; and straightway the celestial 33
Jesus increased in wisdom in In hymns of joy, unknown before, con- favour with God and man.-Luke ii. 52. The praises of redeeming love they sang, 1 And heaven's whole orb with hallelujah's
LOVE to think, though I am young, I'
My Saviour was a child; rang:
That Jesus walked this earth along, God's highest glory was their anthem still, With feet all undefiled. Peace upon earth, and unto men good
2 He kept His Father's word of truth,
As I am taught to do
And while He walked the path of youth, 4 To Bethlehem straight the enlightened He walked in wisdom too. shepherds ran,
(man, To see the wonder God had wrought for
3 I love to think that He who spake
And made the blind to see,
And called the sleeping dead to wake,
Was once a child like me. Then to their flocks, still praising God, return,
4 That He who wore the thorny crown, And their glad hearts with holy rapture
And tasted death's despair,
And knew her love and care.
5 I know 'twas all for love of me kind;
That He became a child,
And trod earth's pathway wild.
And oh! in all Thy mercy mild,
Dear Saviour, come to me. 6 Then may we hope, the angelic hosts
E. PAXTON LOOD. 1879. among,
188.8.131.52.D. He that was born upon this joyful day, Around us all His glory shall display;
They found Him in the temple ...
in the midst of the doctors.-Luke ii. 46. Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing,
CROWD fills the court of the Temple,
The Lord of the Temple is there !
To silence the anthems that ring;
Hosanna! Hosanna ! Hosanna!
The children all joyfully sing. 32
Where now we are met in His name,
The Lord should appear in His beauty, 1 My dear Redeemer and my Lord,
Himself His own gospel proclaim,
What anthems of grateful devotion But, in Thy life, the law appears
Around Him would echo and ring; Drawn out in living characters.
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!
The children would joyfully sing. 2 Such was Thị truth, and such Thy zeal,
Such deference to Thy Father's will, 3 Lord ! make each young heart Thine own Such love, and meekness so divine,
temple, I would transcribe and make them mine. Reveal Thy sweet presence within,
Illumine our minds by Thy coming, 3 Cold mountains and the midnight air Expel every longing for sin;
Witnessed the fervour of Thy prayer: And when in our souls we adore Thee, The desert Thy temptations knew,
How pure the glad praise we shall Thy conflict and Thy victory too.
Hosanna! Hosanna ! Hosanna ! [bring!
The children will joyfully sing.
Where sorrow and sin never sadden,