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8.7.4. Bless the Lord, O my soul.-Ps. ciii, 2. 1

PRAISE, my soul, the King of heaven: Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Who like thee His praise should sing?

Praise Him, praise Him,
Praise the everlasting King.
2 Praise Him for His grace and favour

To our fathers in distress;
Praise Him, still the same for ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless :

Praise Him, praise Him,
Glorious in His faithfulness.

2 For life and love, for rest and food,

For daily help and nightly care,
Sing to the Lord, for He is good,
And praise His name, for it is fáir.
3 For strength to those who on Him wait,

His truth to prove, His will to do,
Praise ye our God, for He is great ;
Trust in His name, for it is true.
4 For joys untold that daily move

Round those who love His sweet employ,
Sing to our God, for He is love;

Exalt His name, for it is joy.
5 Sing to the Lord of heaven and earth,
Whom angels serve and saints adore,
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To whom be praise for evermore.

J. S. B. MONSELL. 1862.

3 Father-like He tends and spares us :

Well our feeble frame He knows; In His hands He gently bears us, Rescues us from all our foes :

Praise Him, praise Him, Widely as His mercy flows. 4 Angels, help us to adore Him;

Ye behold Him face to face:
All His works, bow down before Him,
Through the boundless realms of space:

Praise Him, praise Him,
Praise with us the God of grace.

HENRY F. LYTE. 1834.


7s. Praise ye the Lord.-Ps. cxlvi. 1. 1 LET us with a gladsome mind

Praise the Lord, for He is kind; For His mercies shall endure,

Ever faithful, ever sure. 2 He, with all-commanding might,

Filled the new-made world with light; For His mercies shall endure,

Ever faithful, ever sure.
3 All things living He doth feed,

His full hand supplies their need;
For His mercies shall endure,

Ever faithful, ever sure.
4 He His chosen race did bless

In the wasteful wilderness :
Eor His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, eyer sure.


O sing unto the Lord a new song.

Ps. xcviii. 1. 1 SING to the Lord a joyful song, (raise ;

To us His gracious gifts belong,
To Him our songs of love and praise.

2 Songs of praise awoke the morn,

When the Prince of Peace was born;
Songs of praise arose, when He

Captive led captivity.
3 Heaven and earth must pass away,

Songs of praise shall crown that day : God will make new heavens and earth,

Songs of praise shall hail their birth. 4 And will man alone be dumb,

Till that glorious kingdom come?
No:--the church delights to raise

Psalms, and hymns, and songs of praise. 5 Saints below, with heart and voice,

Still in songs of praise rejoice;
Learning here, by faith and love,

Songs of praise to sing above.
6 Borne upon their latest breath,

Songs of praise shall conquer death;
Then, amidst eternal joy,
Songs of praise their powers employ.


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5 He hath, with a piteous eye,

Looked upon our misery :
For His mercies shall endure,

Ever faithful, ever sure.
û Let us, then, with gladsome mind,

Praise the Lord, for He is kind;
For His mercies shall endure,
Ever faithful, ever sure.

JOHN MILTON. 1623. 4

8.7. O bless our God, ye people.-Ps. lxvi. 9. 1 PRAISE the Lord, ye heavens, adore

Praise Him, angels in the height;
Sun and moon, rejoice before Him;

Praise Him, all ye stars and light.
2 Praise the Lord, for He hath spoken;

Worlds His mighty voice obeyed;
Laws, that never shall be broken,

For their guidance He hath made. 3 Praise the Lord, for He is glorious ;

Never shall His promise fail. God hath made His

saints victorious,
Sin and death shall not prevail.
4 Praise the God of our salvation ;

Hosts on high His power proclaim;
Heaven and earth and all creation
Laud and magnify His name.


Again they said, Halleluja?!

Rev. xix. 3.
CALLELUJAH! Praise the Lord !

Praise Him for His faithful Word;
For the peace of pardoning love,
Praise His name, all names above.

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord ! 2 Praise Him, all ye stars of light,

Ever burning in His sight;
Praise Him, earth's green vales below;
Praise Him, ocean's ebb and flow.

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord !
3 Fathers, brethren, round His throne,

Knowing now as ye are known,
Praise Him on your harps of gold,
As ye see His love unfold.

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord ! 4 For His love, too faintly sung,

Praise we Him with heart and tongue;
Heaven and earth, in one accord,
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord !
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord !


Blessed be Thy glorious name.

Neh. ix. 5.
YONGS of praise the angels sang,

Heaven with hallelujahs rang,
When Jehovah's work begun,
When He spake, and it was done.



78. I consider the work of Thy fingers.

Ps. viii. 3. ] A?

LL things praise Thee-Lord most

Heaven and earth, and seą and sky;
All were for Thy glory made,
That Thy greatness, thus displayed,
Should all worship bring to Thee;

All things praise Thee: Lord, may we. 2 All things praise Thee-night to night

Sing in silent hymns of light;
All things praise Thee-day to day
Chants Thy power in burning ray;
Time and space are praising Thee,

All things praise Thee: Lord, may we. 3 All things praise Thee-high and low,

Rain, and dew, and seven-hued bow,
Crimson sunset, fleecy cloud,
Rippling stream, and tempest loud,
Summer, winter,-all to Thee

Glory render: Lord, may we. 4 All things praise Thee-heaven's high

Rings with melody divine ; (shrine
Lowly bending at Thy feet,
Seraph and archangel meet;
This their highest bliss-to be
Ever praising: Lord, may we.
5 All things praise Thee--gracious Lord,

Great Creator, powerful word,
Omnipresent Spirit, now
At Thy feet we humbly bow;
Lift our hearts in praise to Thee;
All things praise thee: Lord, may we.

G. W. CONDER. 1870.



6 O measureless Might! Ineffable Love! 8 104th.

While angels delight to hymn Thee above, O come, let us worship.-Ps. xcv. 6.

The humbler creation, though feeble O WORSHIP the King, all glorious their lays,


With true adoration shall lisp to Thy O gratefully sing His power and His

SIR ROBERT GRANT. 1837. Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,

(praise. Pavilioned in splendour, and girded with


S.M. 2 0 tell of His might, O sing of His grace!

He hath not dealt with us after our

sins.-Ps. ciii. 10. Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;

[der-clouds form,

1 Y soul, repeat His praise Whose chariots of wrath the deep thun

Whose mercies are so great ; And dark is His path on the wings of the Whose anger is so slow to rise, storm.

So ready to abate. 3 The earth, with its store of wonders un- 2 High as the heavens are raised told,

[old; Above the ground we tread, Almighty! Thy power hath founded of So far the riches of His grace Hath stablished it fast by a changeless Our highest thoughts exoced. decree,

(the sea.

3 And round it hath cast, like a mantle,

His power subulues our sins;

And His forgiving love, 4 Thy bountiful care what tongue can

Far as the east is from the west, recite ?


Doth all our guilt remove. It breathes in the air, it shines in the

The pity of the Lord, It streams from the hills, it descends to To those that fear His name, the plain,


Is such as tender parents feel : And sweetly distils in the dew and the

He knows our feeble frame. 5 Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, 5 Yet, Thy compassions, Lord,

In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail; To endless years endure;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the And children's children ever find

[Friend! Thy word of promise sure. Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and




15 The cold wind in the winter,

The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,

He made them every one.
6 He gave us eyes to see them,

And lips that we might tell
How great is God almighty,
Who has made all things well.


We will sing and praise Thy power.

Ps. xxi. 13.

I SING the almighty power of God,
That spread the flowing seas abroad,

And built the lofty skies.
2 I sing the wisdom that ordained

The sun to rule the day :
The moon shines full at His command,

And all the stars obey.
All things were made by Him.

John i. 3. *

All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all. 2 Each little flower that opens,

Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their

ngs. 3 The rich man in his castle,

The poor man at the gate, God made them, high or lowly,

And ordered their estate.
4 The purple-headed mountain,

The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning
That brightens up the sky,


2 There's not a sin that we commit,

Nor wicked word we say,
But in Thy dreadful book 'tis writ,

Against the judgment day.

3 And must the crimes that I have done

Be read and published there,
Be all exposed before the sun,

While men and angels hear?

3 I sing the goodness of the Lord,

That filled the earth with food;
He formed the creatures with His word,

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

But makes 'Thy glories known; And clouds arise, and tempests blow

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

Are subject to Thy care;
There's not a place where we can fiec,

But God is present there.
6 His hand is my perpetual guard,

He guides me with His eye;
Why should I, then, forgot the Lord,
Who is for ever nigh?


The eyes of the Lord are in every place.

Prov. xv. 3. 1

Strikes through the shades of night, And our most secret actions lie

All open to Thy sight.

4 Lord, at Thy feet ashamed I lie,

Upward I dare not look;
Pardon my sins before I die,

And blot them from Thy book.

5 Remember all the dying pains

That my Redeemer felt;
And let His blood wash out my stains,

And answer for my guilt.


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60 may I now for ever fear

To indulge a sinful thought;
Since the great God can see and hear,
And writes down every fault.



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He left not Himself without witness. God said, Let there be light.-Gen. i. 3.

Acts xiv. 17.


THEN o'er earth is breaking
And this poor world of ours,

Rosy light, and fair,
To spread blue skies above us,

Morn afar proclaimeth And deck the earth with flowers !

Sweetly,--God is there. 2 There's not a weed so lowly,

2 When the spring is wreathing Nor bird that cleaves the air,

Flowers rich and rare,

On each leaf is written,-
But telis, in accents holy,
Ilis kindness and His care.

Nature's God is there. 3 Ho bids the sun to warm us,

3 When the storm is howling And light the path we tread;

Through the midnight air, At night, lest aught should harm us,

Fearfully its thunder He guards uur welcome bed.

Tells us God is there. 4 He gives our needful clothing,

4 All the wide world's treasures, And sends our daily food;

Rich, or grand, or fair, His love denies us nothing

In each feature beareth His wisdon deemeth good.

Graven,--God is there.

AMERICAX. 1860. The Bible, too, He sends us,

That tells how Jesus came,
Whose word can save and cleanse us

From guilt and sin and shame.

The earth receiveth blessing from God.

Heb. vi. 7. 6 O may God's mercies move us To serve Him with our powers;

1 THERE'S not a tint that paints the For oh, how He must love us,

(rose, And this poor world of ours !

Orstreaks the humblest flower that blows, S. W. PARTRIDGE. 1811. But God has placed it there. 4


TIerecks the lily fair,

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