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He treasures up his bright designs,
4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
5 His purposes will ripen fast,
The bud may have a bitter taste,
6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,
C. M. BEDDOME.
Providence and Grace unsearchable.
1 ALMIGHTY God, thy wondrous works Of providence and grace,
An angel's perfect mind exceed,
2 Stupendous heights! amazing depths! Creatures in vain explore;
Or if a transient glimpse we gain,
3 Though all thy mysteries lie concealed Beyond what we can see,
Grant us the knowledge of ourselves,
C. M. J. TAYLOR.
Trust in God through all changes.
1 FATHER divine! before thy view,
From thee our vital breath we drew;
And vigorous youth and feeble age
3 What'er we do, where'er we turn,
Oppressed with wo, when nature faints,
4 To thee we look, thou Power Supreme
Safe in thy presence may we live,
L. M. DODDRIDGE.
Providential Bounties improved.
1 FATHER of lights! we sing thy name, Who kindlest up the lamp of day; Wide as he spreads his golden flame, His beams thy power and love display. 2 Fountain of good! from thee proceed The copious drops of genial rain,
Which o'er the hill and through the mead, Revive the grass, and swell the grain.
3 Through the wide world thy bounties spread; Yet millions of our guilty race,
Though by thy daily bounty fed,
L. M. WESLEY'S COL.
1 GOD of our life, whose gracious power
2 In all our ways thy hand we own,
Assist us still our course to run,
And safe beneath thy wings to rest?
But thou art greater than each heart.
L. M. BROWNE.
Dependence on Providence.
1 GREAT Lord of earth, and seas, and skies. Thy wealth the needy world supplies: And safe beneath thy guardian arm, We live secured from every harm. 2 To thee perpetual thanks we owe For all our comforts here below; Our daily bread thy bounty gives, And every rising want relieves. 3 To thee we cheerful homage bring; In grateful hymns thy praises sing; On thee we ever will depend,
The rich, the sure, the faithful friend.
C. P. M. EXETER COL.
Providential Goodness of God.
1 GREAT source of unexhausted good,
2 Through all the dangers of the day,
Thy grace directs our wandering will,
Allure our souls aside.
3 Thy smiles, with a reviving light,
4 To thee our lives, our all we owe,
Then let our lives, and all that's ours,
C. M. WEST BOSTON COL.
God just and wise in afflictive Appointments.
2 Whate'er he orders must be just;
3 The mind to which we owe our own,
And he, to whom our faults are known,
4 Then, till life's latest sands are run,
Still to reply, thy will be done,
C. M. DODDRIDGE.
Divine Goodness in moderating Affliction.
1 GREAT Ruler of all nature's frame,
We hear thy breath in every storm,
2 Wide as they sweep their sounding way,
And, awed by thy majestic voice,
3 Thy mercy tempers every blast
4 Those gentle whispers let us hear,
And gales of Paradise shall lull
The Divine Presence and Help.
1 AND art thou with us, gracious Lord,
Dost thou proclaim thyself our God,
2 Doth thy right hand, which formed the earth,
3 On this support our souls shall lean,
The gloomy vale of death will smile,
4 While we his gracious succour prove,
The darkest shades through which we pass,
L. M. WATTS.
Darkness of Providence.
1 LORD, we adore thy vast designs,
2 Through seas and storms of deep distress