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Nor is the least a cheerful heart,
That tastes those gifts with joy. 5 Through every period of my life,
Thy goodness I'll pursue;
The glorious theme renew. 6 Through all eternity, to thee
A joyful song I'll raise :
L. M. 32.
Song of Gratitude and Praise.
I'll tune the grateful notes of praise ;
And warble to the silent night. 2 When anxious cares would break my rest,
And griefs would tear my throbbing breast,
Shall check the murmur and the sigh.
And mean the thanks I cannot speak.
And I am chained to earth no more,
To join the music of the skies.
That echo through the heavenly plains,
88 and 78. 33.
Praise to Jehovah.
Now a grateful tribute raise;
Join the universal praise.
Lowly bend with contrite souls;
Here his milder grace revealing,
Here his wrath no thunder rolls. 3 Every secret fault confessing,
Deed unholy-thought of sin,
Grace from God, and peace within.
Still the song of glory raise;
L. M. 34.
Retirement and Devotion.
Forgetful of my highest love. 2 Why should my passions mix with earth,
And thus debase my heavenly birth 3
And let my God, my Saviour, go?
One sovereign word can draw me thence ;
And all inferior joys resign. 4 Be earth, with all her scenes, withdrawn;
Let noise and vanity be gone;
C. M. 35.
God, our Refuge.
On thee, when sorrows rise,-
My fainting hope relies,
For thou alone canst heal;
For every pain I feel.
I fear to call thee mine;
The springs of comfort seem to fail,
And all my hopes decline.
And shall I seek in vain ?
Be deaf when I complain?
Attends the mourner's prayer:
To breathe my sorrows there!
Here let my soul retreat ;
C. M. 36.
Thirsting after Gud.
And parched with thirst extreme,
The cool refreshing stream:
Oppressed with sins and woes,
Whence heavenly comfort flows. 3 Oh ! may I thirst for thee, my God!
With ardent, strong desire;
To taste thy grace aspire. 4 Then shall my prayer to thee ascend,
A grateful sacrifice;
C. M. 37.
God, as seen in Nature. 1 I SING th' almighty power of God,
That made the mountains rise, 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.
That filled the earth with food;
And then pronounced them good. 4 Lord ! how thy wonders are displayed,
Where'er I turn mine eye!
Or gaze upon the sky !
But makes thy glories known;
By order from thy throne.
Are subject to thy care;
C. M. 38.
Rejoicing in God, our Father. 1 COME, shout aloud the Father's grace,
And sing the Saviour's love;
In loftier strains above.
To dearer names descends;
His children and his friends.
Pronounce a name so dear?
Delight my listening ear.
His bounteous hands bestow;
L. M. 39. Perfections of God in his Government. I JEHOVAH reigns_his throne is high,
His robes are light and majesty;
His glory shines, with beams so bright,
No mortal can sustain the sight.
His justice guards his holy law;
His truth and promise seal the grace.
And baffles Satan's deep designs;
The noblest counsels of his will.
To be my father and my friend?
C. M. 40.
God, all in all.
My everlasting all !
Or on this earthly ball.
And this inferior clod!
There 's nothing like my God.
Scatters his feeble light:
If thou withdraw,-'t is night.
If once compared with thee!
Or all my friends to me?
And called the stars my own,
I were a wretch undone.
And grasp in all the shore;
And I desire no more.