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6 Through this vain world he guides our feet,
85. C. M. Steele.
Creation and Providence. LORPerohen boer med stored, thought surveys 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 pow'r declare.
In all thy works appear:
Man, thy distinguish'd care!
That breath thy pow'r maintains; Thy tender mercy ever new
His brittle frame sustains. 6 On us, thy Providence has shone
With gentle smiling, rays;
may our lips and lives make known
86. L. M. Dr. Watts. Praise for common and special Mercies.
Psalm Ixviii. Third Part. 1 W ;
E bless the Lord, the just, the good, Who pours his blessings from the skies, And loads our days with rich sapplies.
2 He sends the sun his circuit round,
To cheer the fruit, to warm the ground;
Refresh the thirsty earth again.
And all our near escapes from death;
He heals the weak and guards the strong. 4 He makes the saint and sinner prove
The common blessings of his love:
Is endless joy, or endless pains.
And smite him with a lasting wound. 6 But his right-hand his saints shall raise
From the deep earth, or deeper seas;
87. C. M. Steele.
and Grace. 1 Kind guardian of my days,
, Lord ! Thy mercies let my heart record
In songs of grateful praise.
Was thy indulgent care,
Or breathe the infant pray'r.
From thy exhaustless store;
Would count thy mercies o'er. 4 While sweet reflection, through my days,
Thy bounteous hand would trace;
5 Yes, I adore thee, gracious Lord !
For favours more divine;
And every weakness dies,
And raise me to the skies.
In more exalted lays,
In everlasting praise ! 88. L. M. Dr. Watts. Ps. xxxyi. 59. General Providence and special Grace. 1 TIGH in the heav'ns, eternal God,
Hi Thy goodness in full glory shines; Thy truth shall break through every cloud
That veils and darkens thy desigus! 2 For ever firm thy Justice stands,
As mountains their foundations keep; Wise are the wonders of thy hands;
1 by judgments are a mighty deep. 3 Thy providence is kind and large,
Both man and beast thy bounty share;
But saints are thy peculiar care.
Whence all my hope and comfort springs: The song of Adam in distress
Fly to the shadow of thy wings. 5 From the provisions of thy house
We shall be fed with sweet repast; There mercy like a river flows,
And brings salvation to our taste. 6 Life, like a fountain, rich and free,
Springs from the presence of my Lord; And in thy light our souls shall see
The glories promis'd in thy word
89. C. M. Dr. Watts. The Providence of God in successive Seasons.
Psalm Ixv. Second Part. 1' TISG toy eternal power!
FIS by thy strength the mountains stand,' The sea grows calin at thy command,
And tempests cease to roar.
Successive comforts bring;
Thy flow'rs adorn the spring.
Heav'n, earth, and air, are thine;
The author is divine.
Borne by the wind around,
The furrows of the ground.
And ranks of corn appear;
90. L. M. Providence equitable and kind. Ps. cvii. 1
THROUGH had the various shifting scene Thy hand, O God! conducts unseep
The beautiful vicissitude. & Thou givest with paternal care,
Howe'er unjustly we complain, And 'tis the necessary share
Of joy and sorrow, health and pain. 3 Trust we to youth, or friends, or pow'r?
Fix we on this terrestrial ball ? Wnen most secnre the coming hour,
If thou seest tit, inay blast them all. When lowest yunk with grief and shame,
Fill'd with affliction's biiter cup, Lost to relations, friends, and jame, Ihy powerful and can raise its up.
3 All things on earth, and all in heav'n,
On thy eternal will depend;
And all shall in tliy glory end!
Indiff'rent let my wishes be,
91. C. M. Cowper.
OD moves in a mysterious way,
And rides upon the storm. 2 Deep in unfathomable mues
Of never-failing skill,
And works hus sov'reign will.
The clouds ye so much dread
In blessings on your head!
But trust him for his grace,
He hides a smiling face.
Unfolding every hour:
But sweet will be the flow'r. 6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
92. C. M. Mr. Beddome. Mysteries of Providence to be explained
hereafter. John, xiii. 7. 1 GREAT Good of Providence! thy ways Wrapt in impenetrable shades!
Or cloth'd with cazzling ligbt.