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3 I sing the goodness of the Lord,

That filled the earth with food :
He formed the creatures by his word,

And then pronounced them good. 4 There's not a plant or flower below

But makes thy glories known :
The clouds arise, and tempests blow,

By order from thy throne.
5 Creatures, as numerous as they be,

Are subject to thy care :
There's not a place where we can flee,

But God is present there.

HYMN 80. C. M. [#]

Creation and Providence. 1 LORD, when my raptured thought surveys

Creation's beauties o'er,
All nature joins to teach thy praise,

And bid my soul adore.
2 Where'er I turn my gazing eyes,

Thy radiant footsteps shine ;
Ten thousand pleasing wonders rise,

And speak thy hand divine.
3 The living tribes of countless forms

In earth, and sea, and air,
The meanest flies, the smallest worms,

Almighty power declare.
4 All rose to life at thy command,

And wait their daily food

From thy paternal, bounteous hand,

Exhaustless Spring of good!

HYMN 81. S. M. [#]

Obligation to Gratitude and Praise.
1 My Maker, and my King,

To thee my all I owe :
Thy sovereign bounty is the spring

Whence all my blessings flow.
2 Thou ever good and kind,

A thousand reasons move,
A thousand obligations bind

My heart to grateful love.
3 Thy goodness, like the sun,

Dawned on my early days,
Ere infant reason had begun

To form my lips to praise.
4 The creature of thy hand,

On thee alone I live :
My God, thy benefits demand

More praise than life can give.
5 O let thy grace inspire

My soul with strength divine ;
Let all my powers to thee aspire,

And all my days be thine.

HYMN 82.

L. M. [#] God the intellectual Light. 1 PRAISE to the Lord of boundless might,

With uncreated glories bright:

His presence gilds the worlds above,

The Source supreme of light and love. 2 He sees the mind when lost it lies

In shades of ignorance and vice,
And darts from heaven a vivid ray,

And changes midnight into day.
3 Shine, mighty God, with vigour shine

On this benighted heart of mine ;
There be thy brighter beams revealed,

As in the Saviour's face beheld.
4 Thine image, on my soul impressed,

In radiant lines shall stand confessed ;
While all my faculties unite
To praise the Lord, who gives me light.

THOUGHTS CONCERNING GOD.

HYMN 83. C. M. [#]

God everywhere a Refuge. 1 How are thy servants blessed, O Lord !

How sure is their defence ! Eternal Wisdom is their guide,

Their help, Omnipotence.
2 In foreign realms, and lands remote,

Supported by thy care,
They pass unhurt through burning climes,

And breathe in tainted air.

3 Thy mercy sweetens every soil,

Makes every region please ;
The hoary, frozen hills it warms,

And smooths the boisterous seas. 4 The storm was laid, the winds retired,

Obedient to thy will ;
The sea, that roared at thy command,

At thy command was still.
5 In midst of dangers and of death,

Thy goodness I'll adore ;
I'll praise thee for thy mercies past,

And humbly hope for more.

HYMN 84. S. M. [#]

Reliance on God a Remedy for Care.
1 How gracious is our God!

How kind his precepts are !
Come, cast your burden on the Lord,

And trust his constant care.
2 Since he forever reigns,

We may securely dwell;
That hand which bears all nature up

Shall guide his children well.
3 O why should anxious thoughts

Oppress the sinking mind?
Go, fall before your Father's throne,

And sweet relief you'll find.
4 Devoutly fear his name,

And know no other fear;

In every scene of life and death

Your Helper will be near.

HYMN 85. C. M. [#]

God's Foreknowledge considered.
1 Let the whole race of creatures lie

Abased before the Lord !
Whate'er his mighty hand has formed

He governs with a word.
2 Ten thousand ages ere the skies

Were into motion brought,
All the long years and worlds to come

Stood present to his thought. 3 If light attend the course we go,

'Tis he provides the rays; And 'tis his hand that hides the sun,

If darkness cloud our days.
4 Trusting thy wisdom, God of love,

We would not wish to know
What, in the book of thy decrees,

Awaits us here below.
5 Be this alone our fervent prayer :

Whate'er our lot shall be,
Or joys, or sorrows, may they form

Our souls for heaven and thee.

HYMN 86. L. M. [#]

Waiting upon God. 1 Wait, every soul, your Maker's will ;

Unhallowed passions, all be still ;

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