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4 Earth may with all her powers dissolve,

If such the great Creator's will!
But thou for ever art the same;

I am, is thy memorial still. 108

C. M. THROUGH endless years thou art the

same, O thou eternal God; Each future age shall know thy name,

And tell thy works abroad.
2 The strong foundations of the earth

Of old by thee were laid ;
By thee the beauteous arch of heaven

With matchless skill was made. 3 Soon shall this goodly frame of things,

Created by thy hand,
Be, like a vesture, laid aside,

And changed at thy command. 4 But thy perfections, all divine,

Eternal as thy days,
Through everlasting ages shine,

With undiminished rays. OMNIPRESENCE AND OMNISCIENCE. 109

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FATHER of spirits ! Nature's God !
Our inmost thoughts are known to

thee;
Thou, Lord, can'st hear each idle word,

And every private action see. 2 Could we on morning's swiftest wings,

Pursue our flight through trackless air; Or dive beneath deep ocean's springs,

Thy presence still would meet us there. 3 In vain may guilt attempt to fly,

Concealed beneath the pall of night;
One glance from thy all-piercing eye
Can kindle darkness into light.
4 Search thou our hearts, and there destroy

Each evil thought, each secret sin;
And fit us for those realms of joy,
Where nought impure shall enter in.

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JEHOVAH, God, thy gracious power

On every hand we see;
O may the blessings of each hour

Lead all our thoughts to thee.
2 If on the wings of morn we speed

To earth's remotest bound,
Thy hand will there our journey lead,

Thine arm our path surround. 3 Thy power is in the ocean deeps,

And reaches to the skies:
Thine eye

of

mercy never sleeps,
Thy goodness never dies.
4 From morn till noon-till latest eve,

Thy hand, O God, we see;
And all the blessings we receive,

Proceed alone from thee.

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BOVE-below-where'er we gaze,
Thy guiding finger, Lord, we view,

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Traced in the midnight planets' blaze,

Or glistening in the morning dew; Whate'er is beautiful or fair,

Is but thine own reflection there. 2 We hear thee in the stormy wind

That turns the ocean wave to foam'; Nor less thy wondrous power we find :.

When summer airs around us roam; The tempest and the calm declare

Thyself—for thou art everywhere. ;? 3 We find thee in the noon of night,

And read thy name in every star That drinks in splendour from the light

That flows from mercy's beaming car: Thy footstool, Lord, each starry gem, Composés—not thy diadem,

UNIVERSAL GOVERNMENT. 112

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HE reigns--the Lord, the Saviour

reigns;
Praise him in evangelic strains;
Let the whole earth in songs rejoice;

And distant islands join their voice.
2 Deep are his counsels, and unknown;

But grace and truth support his throne;
Though gloomy clouds his way surround,

Justice is their eternal ground. 3 In robes of judgment, lo! he comes ; Shakes the wide earth, and cleaves the

tombs;
Before him burns devouring fire!
The mountains melt, the seas retire!

4 His enemies, with sore dismay,

Fly from the sight, and shun the day:
Then lift your heads, ye saints on high,

And sing, for your redemption's nigh. 113

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O LORD..how fearful is thy name!

How wide is
Nature, with all her moving frame,

Rests on thy mighty hand.
2 Immortal glory forms thy throne,

And light thine awful robe;
While with a smile, or with a frown,

Thou managest the globe.
3 A word of thine almighty breath

Can swell or sink the seas;
Build the vast empires of the earth,

Or break them as thou please. 4 On angels, with unveiled face,

Thy glory beams above;
To men what acts of richest grace,

Reveal thy boundless love.
5 Now let the Lord for ever reign,

And sway us as he will;
Sick or in health, in ease or pain,

We are his children still.

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7s. SOVEREIGN Ruler of the skies,

Ever gracious, ever wise ! All our times are in thy hand, All events at thy command.

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2 Thou didst form us by thy power ;

Thou wilt guide us, hour by hour;
All our times shall ever be

Ordered by thy wise decree:
3 Times of sickness, times of health;

Times of penury and wealth;
Times of trial and of grief ;

Times of triumph and relief;
4 Times temptation's power to prove;

Times to taste a Saviour's love;
All is fixed, the means and end,
As shall please thee, Heavenly Friend

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L. M. THROUGH all the various shifting Of life's mistaken ill or good, Thy hand, O God! conducts unseen

The beautiful vicissitude.
2 Thou givest with paternal care,

Howe'er unjustly we complain,
To all their necessary share

Of joy and sorrow, health and pain, 3 All things on earth, and all in heaven.

On thine eternal will depend;
And all for greater good were given,

Would man pursue the appointed end. 4 Be this our care!-to all beside

Indifferent let our wishes be;
Passion be calm, and dumb be pride,
And fix'd our souls, great God! on thee.

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