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THOU ART, OH GOD!
“ The day is thine; the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
“ Thou hast set all the borders of the earth; thou hast made summer and winter.”—Psalm lxxiv, 16, 17.
Thou art, oh God! the life and light
Of all this wondrous world we see ;
Are but reflections caught from Thee.
* I have heard that this air' is by the late Mrs. Sheridan. It is sung to the beautiful old words, “I do confess thou’rt smooth and fair."
Among the opening clouds of Even,
Through golden vistas into HeavenThose hues, that make the Sun's decline So soft, so radiant, LORD! are Thine.
When Night, with wings of starry gloom,
O’ershadows all the earth and skies, Like some dark, beauteous bird, whose plume Is sparkling with unnumber'd
eyesThat sacred gloom, those fires divine, So grand, so countless, LORD! are Thine.
When youthful Spring around us breathes,
Thy Spirit warms her fragrant sigh ;
Is born beneath that kindling eye.
THIS WORLD IS ALL A FLEETING SHOW.
For man's illusion given;
There's nothing true but Heaven!
As fading hues of Even;
There's nothing bright but Heaven!
From wave to wave we're driven,
There's nothing calm but Heaven !
FALLEN IS THY THRONE.
Silence is o'er thy plains;
Thy children weep in chains.
On Etham's barren shore?
Once she was all thy own;
Her power thy glory's throne : +
Thy long-loved olive-tree ;-S *“ I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly-beloved of my soul into the hands of her enemies.”—Jeremiah xii. 7. + “Do not disgrace the throne of thy glory."-Jer. xiv. 21.
“ The Lord called thy name a green olive-tree; fair and of goodly fruit,” etc.-Jer. xi, 16.
And Salem's shrines were lighted
For other Gods than Thee!
Then pass’d her glory's day,
The wild wind whirls away.
Where once the mighty trod,
“ Steep in her blood your swords,
“ For they are not the LORD's!
66 O'er kindred bones shall tread, " And Hinnom's vale of slaughter S
66 Shall hide but half her dead!”
* " For he shall be like the heath in the desert."-Jer. xvii. 6.
+“ Take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD's.”—Jer. v. 10.
s“ Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that