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Acquiescence and confidence in the unsearchable decrees.

of God.

I LORD, thy decrees, from human light,

Are hid in shades of deepest night
Amid the lines with curious eye

Not angels would presume to pry. 2 Great God, I do not ask to see

What in futurity shall be:
If light and bliss attend my days,

Then let my future songs be praise: 3 Is darkness and distress my share ?

Still let me trust thy guardian care :
Enough for me if love divine,
At length, thro' every cloud shall shine.


Praise due to God from all his creatures.
I TO GOD, whose glories are display'd

Thro' all the earth, thro' all the skies,
Be universal honours paid,

Let everlasting worship rise.
2 Let creatures, various as they are,,

To God united glory give :
Alike they want their maker's care,
Alike they on his bounty live,



3 But what can dust and alhes do?

Our praise may from the heart proceed :
While angels praise, we'll praise thee too ,,
And trust the grace that angels need.


Blefings of the gospel.
1 GOD, who his mind, to those of old,

In various times and methods, told;
By Chrift, more gloriously, displays

and truth, in later days.
2 That faithful volume which records

His character, his works, and words,
We read : and in himself is giv'n,

The pledge of life, the hope of heaven. 3 Here knowledge of the noblest kind

Expands and elevates the mind;
The heavenly doctrine, plain as true,

Instructs, reproves, and comforts too. 4

whose gratitude they raise,
Improve the talents that ye praise ;
And aid its progress till the Lord
Hath blest all nations with his word.

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Pleasures and advantages of religious worship. 1 HAPPY who in thy house reside,

Where thee they ever praise ; Happy who in thy care abide,

And in their hearts thy ways.

2 Lord, one day in thy courts to be,

Is better and more bleft Than in the joys of vanity

A thousand days pofseft.

3 I, in the temple of my

God Would rather keep the door, Than dwell in high and rich abode

With sin for evermore.

4 For God, the Lord, our sun and shield,

Gives grace and glory too;
From them no good shall he with-hold,

Whose ways are just and true.

Lord God of hosts, who reign'st on high,
That man is truly blest,


Who on thee only doth rely,

And in thee only rest.



Divine condescension and goodness to man in bis do

minion over the inferior creatures. 1 WHEN to the heavens, thy glorious work,

I raise my wondering eyes,
And there behold the moon and stars

That beautify the skies;

2 Lord, what is man, that he should have

In thy kind thoughts a place ?
Amidst thy boundless universe,

Lord, what is all his race?

3 Below the angels he is plac'd,

Yet wears a glorious crown:
Thy works on earth all stoop to him,

And him their master own.

4 The beasts that on the pastures feed,

Or in the defarts lie ;
The fish that move within the seas;

Or fowls beneath the sky;

5 His subjects are : yet let not man

Disown God's government;


Whose power is over all, whose name

Alone is excellent.



The acceptable worshipper.
1 LORD, let me know what happy man,

The object of thy love,
In hope may worship thee below,

And dwell with thee above,

2 'Tis he, whose life is free from blame,

Whose works are kind and just; Whose upright heart and faithful word

All may securely trust.

3 His neighbour's name he never wounds

With a detracting tongue : Nor e'er delights in his disgrace,

Much less would do him wrong.

4. On wicked men, however great,

He looks with pity down;
And honours all that fear the Lord,

Tho' helpless and unknown.

5 He never changes from his oath,

When to his hurt he swears;


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