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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!

PART VII.

Divine Revelation.

188. S. M. WATTS. The book of nature and scripture. 1 BEHOLD! the lofty sky

Declares its Maker God;
And all his starry works on high

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 ;
They show the wonders of his hand,

And orders of his throne.
4 Ye Christian lands! rejoice;

Here he reveals his word :
We are not left to nature's voice

To bid us know the LORD. 5 His statutes and commands

Are set before our eyes ;
He puts his gospel in our hands,

Where our salvation lies.

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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.
1 THE heav'ns declare thy glory, LORD!

In every star thy wisdom shines;
But when our eyes behold thy word,

We read thy name in fairer lines.
2 The rolling sun, the changing light,

And nights, and days, thy pow'r confess;
But the blest volume thou hast writ,

Reveals thy justice and thy grace.
3 Sun, moon, and stars, convey thy praise

Round the whole earth, and never stand;
So when thy truth began its race,

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:
Till Christ has all the nations blest

That see the light or feel the sun. 5 Father of lights ! in glory rise,

Bless the dark world with heav'nly light;
Thy gospel makes the simple wise,

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;
With silent eloquence they raise
Our thoughts to the Creator's praise,

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.

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Thus God in ev'ry creature shines :
Fair are the book of nature's lines,

But fairer is the book of grace.

191.

L. M. MRS STEELE.
The advantages of divine revelation.
1 WHEN Isr'el thro' the desert pass'd,

A fiery pillar went before,
To guide them thro' the dreary waste,

And lessen the fatigues they bore. 2 Such is the glorious word of God;

'Tis for our light and guidance giv'n;
It sheds a lustre all abroad,

And points the path to bliss and heav'n. 3 It fills the soul with sweet delight,

And quickens its inactive pow'rs;
It sets our wand'ring footsteps right,

Displays his love, and kindles ours. 4 Its promises rejoice our hearts;

Its doctrines are divinely true;
Knowledge and pleasure it imparts;

It comforts and instructs us too. 5 Ye favour'd lands, blest with this word !

All ye who feel its saving pow'r !
Unite your tongues to praise the LORD,
And his distinguish'd grace adore.

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