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He form’d the creatures with his word,
And then pronounc'd them good. 4 Lord, how thy wonders are display'd,
Where'er we turn our eyes,
But makes thy glories known;
By orders from thy throne.
6 Creatures (as num'rous as they be)
Are subject to thy care ;
But God is present there.
HYMN LXX. C. M.
Omnipresence and providence of God. 1 Great God, how vast is thine abode !
Mysterious are thy ways!
And trackless in the seas. 2 Yes, the whole peopled world bespeaks
Thy being and thy pow'r,
And awful midnight hour.
3 Nor all the peopled world alone,
Rich fields and verdant plains, But lonely wilds by man untrod,
Where silent horror reigns.
The sea's tumultuous roar,
Proclaim thy boundless power.
The hand of heaven is near ;
Lo! God is present there.
HYMN LXXI. C. M.
Omnipresence, wisdom, and goodness of God. 1 My heart and all my ways, O God,
By thee are search'd and seen; My outward acts thine eye observes,
My secret thoughts within., 2 Attendant on my steps all day,
Thy providence I see,
I'm present still with thee. 3 No spot the boundless realms of space
Whence thou art absent know;
4 Goodness, and majesty, and power,
Through all thy works are shown;
And richly in my own.
Thy wisdom had assign’d,
But in thy forming mind.
I've to thy goodness ow'd;
Thy bounty first bestow'd.
Thou aught shouldst disapprove ;
And by thy grace remove.
Or foolish in thy view,
And form my life anew.
HYMN LXXII. C.M.
Providence. 1 Lord! when our raptur'd thought surveys
Creation's beauties o'er,
All nature joins to teach thy praise,
And bid our souls adore.
Thy radiant footsteps shine ;
And speak their source divine.
In earth, and sea, and air;
Almighty power declare. 4 Thy wisdom, power, and goodness, Lord,
In all thy works appear;
Man, thy distinguish'd care.
That breath thy power maintains ;
His brittle frame. sustains.
Of reason's light possess'd;
Still more divinely bless’d.
When threat'ning woes impend, Or will th' impending dangers ward,
Or timely succours lend.
8 On us, that providence has shone,
With gentle, smiling rays;
Thy goodness and thy praise.
HYMN LXXIII. C. M.
Divine goodness. 1 Lord, thou art good; all nature shows
Its mighty author kind;
Full, free, and unconfin’d.
Thy infinite good will
And bursts from every hill.
And heavens which spread more wide; It drops in gentle showers of rain,
And rolls in every tide. 4 Still hath it been diffus'd and free,
Through ages past and gone; Nor ever can exhausted be,
But still keeps flowing on. 5 Thro’ the whole earth it pours supplies,
Spreads joy through all its parts; Lord, may thy goodness draw our eyes,
And captivate our hearts.