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4 O! bless his name, ye nations, fed

With nature's chiet' supporter, bread : :
While bread your vital strength imparts,
Serve him with vigour in your hearts.
PSALM 104. Third Part. L. M.

Providence.
1
BEHOLD! the stately cedar stands

Rais'd in the forest by his hands ; Birds to the boughs for shelter fly,

And build their nests secure on high. 2 To craggy hills ascends the goat;

And at the airy mountain's foot,
The feeble creatures make their cell:

He gives them wisdom where to dwell: 3 He sets the sun his circling race,

Appoints the moon to change her face ;
And when thick darkness veils the day,

Calls out wild beasts to hunt their prey. 4 Fierce lions lead their young abroad,

And roaring, ask their meat from God;
But when the morning beams arise,

The savage beast to covert flies. 5 Then man to daily labour goes ;

The night was made for his repose :
Sleep is thy gift, that sweet relief

From tiresome toil, and wasting grief. 6 How strange thy works! how great thy skill!:

All lands thy boundless riches fill:
Thy wisdom round the world we see ;

This spacious earth is full of thee.
7 Nor less thy glories in the deep,
Where fish in millions swim and creep,
Tith wondrous motions swift or slow,

wand'ring in the paths below.

8 There ships divide their wat’ry way,

And flocks of scaly monsters play ;
There dwells the huge Leviathan,
And foams and sports in spite of man.
PSALM 104. Fourth Part. L, M.

Providence.
VAST are thy works, Almighty Lord !
And the whole race of creatures stands,
Waiting their portion from thy hands.
2 White each receives his diff'rent food,
His cheerful looks pronounce it good:
Eagles and bears, and whales and worms

Rejoice, and praise in diff'rent forms.
3 But when thy face is hid they mourn,

And dying, to their dust return;
Both man and beast their souls resign:

Life, breath, and spirit, all are thine.
A Yet thou can'st breathe on dust again,

And fill the world with beasts and men:
A word of thy creating breath
Repairs the wastes of time and death.
5. Thy works, the wonders of thy might,

Are honour'd with thine own delight:
How awful are thy glorious ways!
Lord, thou art dreadful in thy praise.
The earth stands trembling at thy stroke,
And at thy touch the mountains smoke;
Yet humble souls may see thy face,

And tell their wants to sov’reign grace.
* In thee my hopes and wishes meet,

And make my meditations sweet :
Thy praises shall my breath employ,
Till it expire in endless joy.

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8 While haughty sinners die accurst,

Their glory buried with their dust,
I, to my God, my heav'nly king,
Immortal hallelujahs sing.
PSALM 105. First Part. C. M.

God's care of the Patriarchs.
1
GY
IVE thanks to God, invoke his name,

And tell the world his grace;
Sound thro' the earth his deeds of fame,

That all may seek his face.
2 His cov’nant, which he kept in mind

For num'rous ages past,
To num'rous ages yet behind,

In equal force shall last.
3 He sware to Abraham and his seed,

And made the blessing sure:
Gentiles the ancient promise read,

And find his truth endure.
4 " Thy seed shall make the nations blest,"

Said the Almighty voice;
6 And Canaan's land, shall be their rest,

“ The type of heav'nly joys."
5 How large the grant! how rich the grace !

To give them Canaan's land,
When they were strangers in the place,

A little, feeble band.
6 Like pilgrims, thro' the countries round

Securely they remov'd;
And haughty kings, that on them frown’d,

Severely he reprov'd.
7 “Touch mine anointed, and my arm
- Shall soon revenge the wrong

:
“The man, that does my prophets harm,

" Shall know their God is strong."

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8 Then let the world forbear its rage,

Nor put the Church in fear :
Israel must live thro' ev'ry age,
And be th' Almighty's care.
PSALM 105. Second Part. C. M.

The plagues of Egypt.
I WHEN Pharaoh dard to ves

the saints,
And thus provok'd their God;
Moses was sent at their complaints,

Arm'd with his dreadful rod.
2 He called for darkness; darkness came,

Like an o'erwhelming flood;
He made each lake, and ev'ry stream,

A lake, a stream of blood.
3 He gave the sign, and noisome flies

Thro' the whole country spread ;'
And frogs, in croaking armies, rise

About the monarch's bed.
4 Thro' fields and towns, and palaces,

The ten fold vengeance flew :
Locusts in swarms devour'd their trees,

And hail their cattle slew.
5 Then, by an angel's midnight stroke,

The flow'r of Egypt died ;
The strength of ev'ry house was broke,

Their glory and their pride.
6 Now let the world forbear its rage,

Nor put the Church in fear :
Israel must live thro' ev'ry age,
And be thAlmighty's care.

PSALM 105. Third Part. C. M.

Israel led through the wilderness to Canaan,
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THUS were the tribes from bondage freed,
And left the hated ground ;

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Egyptian spoils supplied their need,

Nor was one feeble found. 2 The Lord himself chose out their

way, And mark'd their journies right; Gave them a leading cloud by day,

A fiery guide by night. 3 They thirst : and waters from the rock

In rich abundance flow;
And foll’wing still the course they took,

Ran all the desert through. 4 O wondrous stream ! O blessed type

Of everflowing grace!
So Christ our rock maintains our life,

Thro' all the wilderness. 5 Thus guarded by th’ Almighty's hand,

The chosen tribes possest
Canaan, the rich, the promis'd land ;

And there enjoy'd their rest.
6 Then let the world forbear its rage,

The Church renounce her fear :
Israel must live thro' ev'ry age,
And be th' Almighty's care.
PSALM 106. First Part. L. M.

Cominunion with saints. 1 T.

O God the great, the ever blest,

Let songs of honour be addrest :
His mercy firm for ever stands;

Give him the thanks his love demands. 2 Who knows the wonders of thy ways

? Who shall fulfil thy boundless praise ? Blest are the souls that fear thee still,

And pay their duty to thy will. 3 Remember what thy mercy did

For Jacob's race, thy chosen seed ;

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