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6 'Twas thy blest hand redeem'd the slave,
And set the pris'ner free: Be all I am, and all I have,
Devoted, LORD! to thee!
188. S. M. WATTS. The book of nature and scripture. 1 BEHOLD! the lofty sky
Declares its Maker God;
Proclaim his pow'r abroad. 2 The darkness and the light
Still keep their course the same; While night to day, and day to night,
Divinely teach his name. 3
In ev'ry diff'rent land
Their gen'ral voice is known ;
And orders of his throne.
Here he reveals his word :
To bid us know the LORD. 5 His statutes and commands
Are set before our eyes ;
Where our salvation lies.
His laws are just and pure,
His truth without deceit; His promises for ever sure,
And his rewards are great.
189. L. M. Watts.
The works and word of God.
In every star thy wisdom shines;
We read thy name in fairer lines.
And nights, and days, thy pow'r confess;
Reveals thy justice and thy grace.
Round the whole earth, and never stand;
It touch'd and glanc'd on ev'ry land. 4 Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest,
Till thro' the world thy truth has run:
That see the light or feel the sun. 5 Father of lights ! in glory rise,
Bless the dark world with heav'nly light;
Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right, 6 Thy noblest wonders here we view,
In souls renew'd, and sins forgiv’n :
LORD! cleanse my sins, my soul renew, And make thy word my guide to heav'n.
190. P. M. WATTS.
The same subject. 1 GREAT GOD! the heav'ns' well-order'd
frame 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. 2 From night to day, from day to night, The dawning and the dying light,
Lectures of heav'nly wisdom read;
And neither sound nor language need. 3 Yet their divine instructions run Far as the journeys of the sun,
And distant nations know their voice : The sun, in robes of splendour drest, Breaks from the chambers of the east,
Moves round, and bids the earth rejoice. 4 Where'er he spreads his beams abroad, He speaks the majesty of God : All nature joins to show thy praise.
Thus God in ev'ry creature shines :
But fairer is the book of grace.
L. M. MRS STEELE.
A fiery pillar went before,
And lessen the fatigues they bore. 2 Such is the glorious word of God;
'Tis for our light and guidance giv'n;
And points the path to bliss and heav'n. 3 It fills the soul with sweet delight,
And quickens its inactive pow'rs;
Displays his love, and kindles ours. 4 Its promises rejoice our hearts;
Its doctrines are divinely true;
It comforts and instructs us too. 5 Ye favour'd lands, blest with this word !
All ye who feel its saving pow'r !