Page images
PDF
EPUB

HYMN 28. c. M.
1. WHEN all thy mercies, O my God!

My rising soul surveys:
Transported with the view, I'm lost

In wonder, love, and praise.
2.0 how shall words with equal warmth

The gratitude declare,
That glows within my ravish'd heart!

But thou canst read it there.
3. Thy providence my life sustain'd,

And all my wants redress'd,
When in the silent womb I lay

Or hung upon the breast.
4. To all my weak complaints and cries

Thy mercy lent an ear,
Ere yet my feeble thoughts had learnt

To form themselves in pray’r.
5. Unnumber'd comforts on my soul

Thy tender care bestow'd Before my infant heart conceiv'd

From whom those comforts flow'd. 6. When in the slipp'ry paths of youth,

With heedless steps, I ran;
Thine arm, unseen, convey'd me safe,

And led me up to man. 7. Through hidden dangers, toils and deaths,

It gently clear'd my way;
And through the pleasing snares of vice,

More to be fear'd than they. 8. When worn with sickness, oft hast thou

With health renew'd my face;
And, when in sins and sorrows sunk,

Reviv'd my soul with grace. 9. Thy bounteous hand with worldly bliss,

Hath made my cup run o'er,
And in a kind and faithful friend

Hath doubled all my store.
10. Ten thousand thousand precious gifts

My daily thanks employ;

Nor is the least a cheerful heart

Which tastes those gifts with joy.
11. Through ev'ry period of my life

Thy goodness I'll pursue ;
And, after death, in distant worlds,

The glorious theme renew.
12. When nature fails, and day and night

Divide thy works no more,
My ever grateful heart, O Lord!

Thy mercy shall adore.
13. Through all eternity to thee

A joyful song I'll raise :-
But oh! eternity's too short

To utter all thy praise !

II. CHARACTER AND PERFECTIONS

OF GOD.

HYMN 29. L. M.

God incomprehensible.
1. GREAT God, in vain man's narrow view

Attempts to look thy nature through.
Our lab'ring pow’rs with rev'rence own,

Thy glories never can be known.
2. Not the high seraph's mighty thought,

Who countless years his God has sought,
Such wondrous height or depth can find,

Or fully trace thy boundless mind.
3. Yet Lord, thy kindness deigns to show

Enough for mortal men to know ;
While wisdom, goodness, pow'r divine

Thro' all thy works and conduct shine.
4.0! may our souls with rapture trace

Thy works of nature and of grace,
Explore thy sacred truth, and still
Press on to know and do thy will !

HYMN 30 Li M.

The Majesty of God. 1. YE weak inhabitants of clay,

Ye trifling insects of a day,
Low in your native dust bow down

Before th’ Eternal's awful throne.
2. Let Lebanon her cedars bring,
To blaze before the sov'reign king ;
And all the beasts that on it feed,

As victims at its altar bleed.
3. Loud let ten thousand trumpets sound,

And call remotest nations round,
Assembled on the crowded plains,

Princes and people, kings and swains. 4. Join'd with the living, let the dead, Rising, the face of earth o'erspread; And, while his praise unites their tongues, Let angels echo back the songs. 5. The drop that from the bucket falls,

The dust that hangs upon the scales,
Is more to sky and earth, and sea,
Than all the pomp, great God! to thee.

HYMN 31. L. M.
sons of men in sacred lays,

Attempt the great Creator's praise :
But who an equal song can frame?

What verse can reach the lofty theme? 2. He sits enthron'd amidst the spheres,

And glory like a garment wears;
While bonndless wisdom, pow'r and grace,

Command our awe, transcend our praise. 3. Before his throne a shining band

Of cherubs and of seraphs stand;
Ethereal spirits, who in flight

Outstrip the rapid speed of light. 4. To God all nature owes its birth,

He form’d this pond'rous globe of earth.
He rais’d the glorious arch on high,
And measur'd out the azure sky.

1. YE

5. In all our Maker's grand designs,

Omnipotence with wisdom shines.
His works through all this wondrous frame,

Bear the great impress of his name. 6. Rais'd on devotion's lofty wing,

Let us his high perfections sing:
O let his praise einploy our tongue,
Whilst list’ning worlds applaud the song!

HYMN 32. c. M.

God eternal and unchangeable. 1. GREAT God, how infinite art thou !

! Let the whole race of creatures bow,

And pay their praise to thee. 2. Thy throne eternal ages stood,

Ere earth or heav'n was made; Thou art the ever-living God,

Were all the nations dead. 3. Nature and time all open lie

To thine immense survey, From the formation of the sky,

To the last awful day.
4. Eternity with all its years,

Stands present to thy view.
To thee there's nothing old appears ;

Great God ! there's nothing new. 5. Our lives thro' various scenes are drawn,

And vex'd with trifling cares; While thine eternal thought moves on

Thine undisturb'd affairs.
6. Great God, how infinite art thou !

How frail and weak are we!
Let the whole race of creatures bow,
And pay their praise to thee.

HYMN 33. L. M.
1. A Who all creation dost sustain :

LL-POW'RFUL, self-existent God, Thou wast, and art, and art to come;

And everlasting is thy reign.

2. Fix'd and eternal as thy days,

Each glorious attribute divine, Thro' ages infinite, shall still

With undiminish'd lustre shine. 3. Fountain of being, source of good!

Immutable dost thou remain ; Nor can the shadow of a change

Obscure the glories of thy reign. 4. Nature her order shall reverse,

Revolving seasons cease their round; Nor spring appear with blooming pride,

Nor autumn be with plenty crown'd: 5. Yon shining orbs forget their course;

The son his destin'd path forsake; And burning desolation mark

Amid the world his wand'ring track: 6. Earth may with all her pow'rs dissolve,

If such the great Creator's will: But thou for ever art the same, “I am" is thy memorial still.

HYMN 31. L. M.

God almighty. 1. QIVE to the Lord, ye sons of fame,

Give to the Lord renown and pow'r; Ascribe due honours to his name,

And his eternal might adore.
2. The Lord proclaims his pow'r aloud,

O'er the vast ocean and the land;
His voice divides the wat’ry cloud,

And lightnings blaze at his command. 3. He speaks, and howling tempests rise,

And lay the forest bare around;
The fiercest beasts, with piteous cries,

Confess the terror of the sound.
4. His thunders rend the vaulted skies,

And palaces and temples shake.
The mountains tremble at the noise,

The valleys roar, the deserts quake. 5. The Lord sits sov’reign o'er the flood;

The Thund'rer reigns for ever King ;

G

« PreviousContinue »