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Gloucester-p. 156.] THIRD PART.
Till I, e'en I, am crown'd above. 692 Antigua-p. 81.]
Nature and grace, with all their powers,
Confess the infinite Unknown. 2 Thy voice produced the sea and spheres,
Bade the waves roar, the planets shine : But nothing like thyself appears
Through all these spacious works of thine. 3 Still restless nature dies and grows,
From change to change the creatures run; Thy being no succession knows,
And all thy vast designs are one. 4 A glance of thine runs through the globe,
Rules the bright worlds and moves their frame; Of light thou form'st thy dazzling robe,
Thy ministers are living flame.
5 How shall polluted mortals dare
To sing thy glory or thy grace ? Beneath thy feet we lie afar,
And see but shadows of thy face. 6 Who can behold the blazing light ?
Who can approach consuming flame? None but thy wisdom knows thy might,
None but thy word can speak thy name. 693 Grove-p. 186.] 3d P. M. 4 6s & 2 8s. The Greatness and Condescension of God. This
throne is built on high ;
Are light and majesty :
Keep the wide world in awe;
To guard his holy law;
Amazing wisdom shines ;
And breaks their dark designs ;
Of glory condescend?
My Father and my Friend?
694 Pilesgrove-p. 95.) L. M. The earthly and the heavenly Sabbath.
On this thy day, in this thy house; And own, as grateful sacrifice, The songs which from thy servants rise. 2 Thine earthly sabbaths, Lord, we love ; But there's a nobler rest above ; 'To that our lab’ring souls aspire, With ardent pangs of strong desire. 3 No more fatigue, no more distress, Nor sin nor hell shall reach the place; No sighs shall mingle with the songs Which warble from immortal tongues. 4 No rude alarms of raging foes ; No cares to break the long repose ; No midnight shade, no clouded sun, But sacred, high, eternal noon. 5 O long-expected day, begin; Dawn on these realms of wo and sin : Fain would we leave this weary road, And sleep in death, to rest with God. 695 Lancaster-p. 86.]
Improve, our souls, the sacred rest,
4 In holy duties let the day
In hope of that which ne'er shall end ! 696 Neginoth—p. 171.] Ist P. M. 6 lines 8s
The Goodness of God acknowledged.
AR as creation's bounds extend, One chorus of perpetual praise, To thee thy various works shall raise ; Thy saints to thee in hymns impart The transports of a grateful heart. % They chant the splendours of thy name, Delighted with the wondrous theme; And bid the world's wide realms admire The glories of th' almighty Sire, Whose throne all nature's wreck survives, Whose power through endless ages lives. 3 From thee, great God, while every eye Expectant waits the wish'd supply, Their bread, proportion'd to the day, Thy opening hands to each convey ; In every sorrow of the heart Eternal mercy bears a part. 4 Who ask thine aid with heart sincere, Shall find thy succours ever near ; To thee their prayer in each distress, Thy suffering servants, Lord, address ; And prove thee, verging on the grave,
Nor slow to hear, nor weak to save. 697 Park-street-p. 97.] L. M.
The Condescension of God.
In Jesus, God with us, display'd; How bright thy beaming glories shine!
How wide thy healing streams are spread:
2 With whom dost thou delight to dwell?
Sinners, a vile and thankless race;
How vast thy love, how great thy grace ? 3 The dictates of thy sovereign will
With joy our grateful hearts receive :
Lo! all we are to thee we give.
Our flesh, soul, spirit, we resign;
And seal th' abode for ever thine.
Our feeble thought surpasses far;
Less numerous than thy mercies are.
And arm our souls with heavenly zeal ; So fearless shall we urge our way
Through all the powers of earth and hell