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Great first of beings ! mighty LORD

Of all this wondrous fraine ! Produc'd by thy creating word,

The world from nothing came.


Thy voice sent forth the high command ;

'Twas instantly obey'd : And through thy goodness all things stand,

Which by thy pow'r were made.


Thy glories shine throughout the whole,

Each part reflects thy light:
By thee, in course, the planets roll,

And day succeeds the night.


By thee, the sun dispenses heat,

And beams of cheering day : The distant stars in order set,

By night, thy pow'r display.

By thee, the earth its produce yields,

And countless myriads live,
And trees and plants adorn the fields,

And their rich treasure give.

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ALMIGHTY GOD! thy pow'rful word

From nothing all things brought: Earth, seas, and skies, by thee, their LORD,

With skill divine were wrought.


By thee preserv’d, the world remains

A proof of pow'r divine : Whatever this great whole contains,

By sov'reign right is thine.


Sun, moon, and stars thy views fulfil ;

Through thee each planet rolls :
Earth, seas, and skies obey thy will;
Thy power the world controls.

Thou, over all, art LORD supreme,

All things from thee derive :
No creature can dispule thy clain,

Or independent live.


To thine all-gracious pow'r we bow;

Our wills to thee resign :
Accept the praise ; accept the vow ;

We wou'd be ever thine.


Thou pow'r supreme, by whose command I

live! The grateful tribute of my praise receive: To thy indulgence I my being owe, And all the joys which from that being flow.


A mind, susceptible of endless joy,
Whose frame nor force, nor time, shall e'cr

destroy ; Which shall survive, tho' nature claim my

breath, And bid defiance to the call of death;


To realms of bliss with active freedom soar, And live, when earth and skies shall be no

more : Author of life! in vain my tongue essays For this immortal gift to speak thy praise.


How shall my heart its grateful sense reveal,
Where all the er:ergy of words must fail ?
O inay its influence in my


appear, And ev'ry action prove my thanks sincerc!

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Songs of immortal praise belong

To thee, almighty God!
To thee are due our heart, our tongue,

To spread thy name abroad.


How great the works which thou hast

wrought! How glorious in our sight! And men, in ev'ry age, have sought

Thy wonders with delight.


How most correct is naturc's frame !

How wise th' eternal mind !
Thy counsels never change the scheme

That thy first thoughts design'd.


Nature and time, and earth and skies

Thy bcav'nly skill proclaim : What shall we do to make us wise,

But learn to know thy name?

To fear thy pow'r, to trust thy grace,

Is our divinest skill;
And he's the wisest of our race

That best obeys thy will.


I GREAT GOD! the heav'ns' well order'dframe Declares the glories of thy name;

There thy rich works of wonder shine: A thousand starry beauties there, A thousand radiant marks appear,

Of boundless pow'r and skill divine.


From night to day, from day to night,
The dawning and the dying light,

Lectures of heav'nly wisdom read :
With silent eloquence they raise
Our thoughts to the creator's praise,

And neither sound nor language need.


Where'er the sun beams forth abroad,
He siniles and speaks his maker, GOD;

All nature joins to show thy praise.
Thy glories through creation shine :
LORD! we confess the work divine,

And songs of cheerful homage raise.

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