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Thou from primeval nothingness didst call First chaos, then existence;—Lord! on
Thee Eternity had its foundation ;—all Sprung forth from Thee :—of light, joy,
Thy chains the uumeasured universe sur-
hreath! Thou the hegiuning with the end hast hound, And heantifully mingled life and death! As sparks mount upwards from the fiery
hlaze, So suns are horn, so worlds spring forth
from Thee; And as the spangles in the sunuy rays Shine round the silver suow, the pageantry Of heaven's hright army glitters in Thy praise,
A million torches lighted hy thy hand
heams? But Thou to these art as the noon to night.
Yes! as a drop of water in the sea,
her'd host, Though multiplied hy myriads, and arrayed In all the glory of suhlimest thought, Is hut an atom in the halance weighed Against Thy greatuess, is a cipher hrought Against infmity! What am / then? Nought!
Nought 1 But the effluence of Thy light
divine, Pervading worlds, hath reach'd my hosom
too; Yes! in my spirit doth Thy spirit shine, As shines the sun-heam in a drop of dew. Nought! hut I live, and on hope's pinions fiy Eager towards Thy presence; for in Thee I live, and hreathe, and dwell; aspiring high. Even to the throne of Thy divinity: I am O God! and surely Thou must he!
Thou art! directing, guiding all, Thou art! Direct my understanding then to Thee; Control my spirit, guide my wandering
heart; Though hut an atom 'midst immensity: Still I am something, fashion'd hy Thy hand! I hold a middle rank 'twixt heaven and earth, On the last verge of mortal heing stand, Close to the realms where angels have their
hirth, Just on the houndaries of the spirit-land.
The chain of heing is complete in me;
In me is matter's last gradation lost,
And the next step is spirit—Deity I
I can command the lightuing, and am dust!
A monarch, and a slave; a worm, a god!
Whence came I here, and how? so marvellously
Constructed and conceived? unknown! this clod
Lives surely through some higher energy;
For from itself alone it could not he!
Creator, yes! Thy wisdom and Thy word
O thoughts ineffahle I O visions hlest I
Thee, Yet shall thy shadowed image fill our hreast, And waft its homage to thy Deity,
God! thus alone my lowly thoughts can soar; Thus seek thy presence—Being wise and
good 'Midst Thy vast works admire, ohey, adore: And when the tongne is eloquent no more, The soul shall speak in tears of gratitude.
ETERNITY OF GOD.
Thou didst, O mighty God, exist
Ere time hegan its race, Before the ample elements
FilIM up the voids of space.
Before the pond'rous earthly glohe
In fluid air was stay'd;
Their liquid stores display'd.
Ere thro' the gloom of ancient night
Before the high celestial arch,
Before the hright, harmonious spheres,
Before the shining roads of heaven
Ere men ador'd, or angels knew
Thy hliss, O sacred Spring of Life!
And when the pillars of the world,
With sudden ruin, hreak;
Sinks in the mighty wreck :—
When from her orh the moon shall start,
When all the tremhling starry lamps,
For ever permanent and fix'd,
From agitation free, Unchang'd, in everlasting years,
Shall thy existence he.
MAJESTY AND IMMUTABILITY
Jehovah reigns: let ev'ry nation hear, *
resounding, Thro' all her caves in dreadful murmurs sounding.
He rules with wide and ahsolute command,
He saw the struggling heams of infant light,
The joyful sun sprung up ih' ethereal way,
adorning, Numerous as dew drops from the womh of
Earth's hlooming face with rising flow'rs he drest,
And spread a verdant mantle o'er her hreast;
Then from the hollow of his hand he pours,
The circling waters round her winding shores;
The new-horn world in their cool arms emhracing,
And with soft murmurs still her hanks caressing.
At length she rose complete in nnish'd pride, All fair and spotless, like a virgin hride;
Fresh with untarnish'd lustre as she stood, Her Maker hless'd his work, and call'd it
good: The morning stars, with joyful acclamation, £xulting sang, and hail'd the new creation.
Yet this fair world, the creature of a day, Tho* huilt hy God's right hand, must pass
The sun himself, with weary clouds opprest,
But fix'd, O God, for ever stands thy throne;
Jehovah reigns, a universe alone;
Th' eternal fire that feeds each vital flame,
Collected or diffus'd, is still the same.
He dwells within his own unfathom'd essence,
And fills all space with his unhounded presence.
But oh I our highest notes the theme dehase, And silence is our least injurious praise: Cease, cease your songs, the daring flight
control, Revere him in the stillness of the soul; \ With silent duty meekly hend hefore him, And deep within your iumost hearts adore
THE OMNIPOTENT GOD.
Almighty King, who sit'st ahove,
And clad in rohes of matchless state,
Thou, thou, alone art truly great.
Princes, the shadows of thy nod,
Is all the gaudy pride of earth:
Is glorious as the morning's hirth.
If earth's an atom in thy sight,
How low am I that on it dwell 1
Nor all the rolling thunders tell.
The earthquake, and the tempest hoth
The hidings of thine awful frown;
And wreathes for man a hlood-hought crown;—
Perish the earth heneath thy hand,
Thou, only thou, art still the same;
And ever "hallowed he thy name!"
THE POWER OF GOD.
h. K. whIte.
The Lord our God is full of might,
The winds ohey his will;
The rolling sun stands still.
Rehel, ye waves, and o'er the land
With threat'ning aspect roar; The Lord uplifts his awful hand.
And chains you to the shore.
Howl winds of night, your force comhine;
Without his high hehest,
Disturh the sparrow's nest. »
His voice suhlime is heard afar,
In distant peals it dies;
And sweeps the howling skies.
Ye nations hend, in rev'rence hend,
And hid the choral song ascend
POWER AND OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD.
h. K. whITE.
The Lord our God is Lord of all,
His station who can find? I hear him in the waterfall I
I hear him in the wind!
If in the gloom of night I shroud,
His face I cannot fly;
And in the morning sky.
He lives, he reigns, in ev'ry lan.l,
From winter's polar snows,
The hlasting meteor glows.
He smiles, we live,—he frowns, we die—
We hang upon his word:
And ruin hears his sword.
He hids his hlast the fields deform—
Sits like the ruler of the storm,
Me, O my God! thy piercing eye,
Where'er I move, thy houndless reign,
Where shall my thoughts from thee retire,
Behind me if I turn my eyes,
Father of all, Omniscient mind,
Thy wisdom who can comprehend 1
Its highest point what eye can find,
Or to its lowest depths descend i
That wisdom, which, ere things hegan,
Saw full exprest th' all-comprehending plan.
What cavern deep, what hill suhlime
If up to heav'ns ethereal height,
Thy prospect to elude, I rise;
In splendor there, intensely hright,
Thy presence shall my sight surprise:
There heaming from their source divine,
In full meridian light and heauty shine.
Beneath the pendant glohe if laid,
If plung'd in hell's ahyss profound,
I call on night's impervious shade
To spread essential hlackness round;
Conspicuous to thy wide survey,
Ev'n hell's grim horrors kindle into day.
If through the fields of ether horne,
Thy essence fills this hreathing frame,
Thee, mighty God, my wondering soul,
OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD.
Dweller in heaven, and ruler helow!
Fain would I know thee, yet tremhle to know!
How can a mortal deem how it may he,
That heing canuot he, hut present with thee?
Is it true that thou saw'st me ere I saw the morn 1
Is it true that thou knew'st me hefore I was hom?
That nature must live in the light of thine eye 1
This knowledge for me is too great and too high!
That fly I to noon-day, or fly I to night,
Or mount I on wings of the morning away
Yes! present for ever! Almighty—alone,