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2 Fixed and eternal as thy days,

Each glorious attribute divine,
Through ages infinite, shall still

With undiminished lustre shine.
3 Fountain of being, Source of good!

Immutable thou dost remain ;
Nor can the shadow of a change

Obscure the glories of thy reign. 4 Earth may with all her powers dissolve,

If such the great Creator's will;
But thou forever art the same;

I Am is thy memorial still.

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BURNS. God's Eternity and Man's Frailty. Ps. 90. 1 O THOU, the first, the greatest Friend

Of all the human race !
Whose strong right hand has ever been

Their stay and dwelling-place.
2 Before the mountains heaved their heads

Beneath thy forming hand,
Before this ponderous globe itself

Arose at thy command, 3 That power, which raised and still upholds

This universal frame,
From countless, unbeginning time,

Was ever still the same.
4 Those mighty periods of years,

Which seem to us so vast, Appear no more before thy sight

Than yesterday that's past.

5 Thou giv'st the word ; thy creature, man,

Is to existence brought;
Again thou say’st, “ Ye sons of men,

Return ye into nought."
6 Thou layest them, with all their cares,

In everlasting sleep;
As with a flood thou tak’st them off,

With overwhelming sweep.
7 They flourish like the morning flower,

In beauty's pride arrayed;
But, long ere night, cut down, it lies

All withered and decayed.

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Tate & BRADY. God's Eternity and Sovereignty. Ps. 93. 1 WITH glory clad, with strength arrayed,

The Lord that o'er all nature reigns, The world's foundations strongly laid,

And the vast fabric still sustains. 2 How surely 'stablished is thy throne !

Which shall no change or period see; For thou, O Lord, and thou alone,

Art God from all eternity. 3 The floods, O Lord, lift up their voice,

And toss the troubled waves on high ; But God above can still their noise,

And make the angry sea comply. 4 Thy promise, Lord, is ever sure,

And they that in thy house would dwell, That happy station to secure,

Must still in holiness excel.

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MRS. STEELE. God eternal and unchangeable. Ps. 102. 1 EARTH'S old foundations thou hast laid;

The heavens a glorious frame ! By thy almighty hand were spread,

And speak their Maker's name.
2 Their shining wonders all shall fade,

By thy controlling power,
Changed like a vesture quite decayed ;

But thou shalt still endure.
3 Thy bright perfections, all divine,

Eternal as thy days,
Through everlasting ages shine,

With undiminished rays.
4 Thy servants' children, still thy care,

Shall own their fathers' God, To latest times thy favor share,

And spread thy praise abroad,

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Watts. . God's eternal Dominion. 1 GREAT God, how infinite art thou !

What worthless worms are we!
Let the whole race of creatures bow,

And pay their praise to thee. 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.

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DOD DRIDGE. God immutable. 1 GREAT Former of this various frame,

Our souls adore thine awful name,
And bow and tremble, while they praise

The Ancient of eternal days.
2 Beyond an angel's vision bright,

Thou dwell'st in self-existent light,
Which shines with undiminished ray,

While suns and worlds in smoke decay. 3 Our days a transient period run,

And change with every circling sun;
And, in the firmest state we boast,

A moth can crush us into dust.
4 But let the creatures fall around;

Let death consign us to the ground;
Let the last general flame arise,
And melt the arches of the skies;

5 Calm as the summer's ocean, we

Can all the wreck of nature see,
While grace secures us an abode
Unshaken as the throne of God.

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WATTS. God is every where. Ps. 139. 1 IN all my vast concerns with thee,

In vain my soul would try
To shun thy presence, Lord, or flee

The notice of thine eye.
2 Thy all-surrounding sight surveys

My rising and my rest,
My public walks, my private ways,

And secrets of my breast. 3 0, wondrous knowledge, deep and high!

Where can a creature hide ?
Within thy circling arms I lie,

Beset on every side.
4 Should I suppress my vital breath,

To escape the wrath divine,
Thy voice would break the bars of death,

And make the grave resign. 5 If, winged with beams of morning light,

I fly beyond the west,
Thy hand, which must support my flight,

Would soon betray my rest. 6 If o'er my sins I think to draw

The curtains of the night,
Those flaming eyes, that guard thy law,

Would turn the shades to light.

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