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And after death thy boundless grace,

Through everlasting years, adore. 711. L. P. M.

Thanksgiving for National Prosperity.
1 HOW rich thy gifts, Almighty King!
From thee our public blessings spring ;

Th' extended trade, the fruitful skies,
The treasures liberty bestows,
Th’ eternal joys the gospel shows,

All from thy boundless goodness rise.
2 Here commerce spreads the wealthy store,
Which pours from every foreign shore ;

Science and art their charms display ;
Religion teaches us to raise
Our voices to our Maker's praise,

As truth and conscience point the way. 3 With grateful hearts, with joyful tongues, To God we raise united songs ;

His power and mercy we proclaim ;
This land through every age shall own,
Jehovah here has fixed his throne,

And triumph in his mighty name.
4 Long as the moon her course shall run,
Or man behold the circling sun,

O, still may God amidst us reign ;
Crown our just counsels with success,
With peace and joy our borders bless,

And all our sacred rights maintain. 712.

L. M.
Thanksgiving for National Peace.
I GREAT Ruler of the earth and skies,

A word of thine Almighty breath
Can sink the world, or bid it rise ;
Thy smile is life, thy frown is death.


2 When angry nations rush to arms,

And rage, and noise, and tumult reign, And war resounds its dire alarms,

And slaughter dyes the hostile plain ; 3 Thy sovereign eye looks calmly down,

And marks their course, and bounds their power ; Thy law the angry nations own,

And noise and war are heard no more. 4 Then peace returns with balmy wing ;

Sweet peace ! with her what blessings fled ! Glad plenty laughs, the valleys sing,

Reviving commerce lifts her head. . 5 Thou good, and wise, and righteous Lord !

All move subservient to thy will; Both peace and war await thy word,

And thy sublime decrees fulfil.
6 To thee we pay our grateful songs ;

Thy kind protection still implore :
O, may our hearts, and lives, and tongues,

Confess thy goodness, and adore. 713.

L. M.


1 GOD of the year! with songs of praise
And hearts of love, we come to bless
Thy bounteous hand, for thou hast shed

Thy manna o'er our wilderness.
2 In early spring-time thou didst fling

O’er earth its robe of blossoming ;
And its sweet treasures, day by day,

Rose quickening in thy blesséd ray. 3 God of the seasons ! thou hast blest

The land with sunlight and with showers,
And plenty o'er its bosom smiles,
To crown the sweet autumnal hours.

4 Praise, - praise to thee! Our hearts expand

To view these blessings of thy hand,
And on the incense-breath of love
Ascend to their bright home above.


Nero Year's Day.
1 WHILE, with ceaseless course, the sun

Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,

Never more to meet us here ;
Fixed in an eternal state,

They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,

But how little none can know.
2 As the wingéd arrow Aies,

Speedily the mark to find ;
As the lightning from the skies

Darts and leaves no trace behind ; -.
Swiftly thus our fleeting days

Bear us down life's rapid stream :
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise ;

All below is but a dream.
3 Thanks for mercies past receive ;

Pardon of our sins renew ;
Teach us, henceforth, how to live,

With eternity in view ;
Bless thy word to old and young ;

Fill us with a Saviour's love ;
When our life's short race is run,

May we dwell with thee above.


715. L. M.

A Song for the opening Year.
1 GREAT God, we sing that mighty hand

By which supported still we stand ;
The opening year thy mercy shows ;
Let mercy crown it till its close.
2 By day, by night, at home, abroad,

Still we are guarded by our God;
By his incessant bounty fed,

By his unerring counsel led.
3 With grateful hearts the past we own ;

The future — all to us unknown -
We to thy guardian care commit,

And peaceful leave before thy feet.
4 In scenes exalted or depressed,

Be thou our joy, and thou our rest; .
Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,
Adored through all our changing days.
5 When death shall close our earthly songs,

And seal in silence mortal tongues,
Our Helper, God, in whom we trust,

In brighter worlds our souls shall boast.
C. M.

New Year. Prayer for a Blessing.
I NOW, gracious Lord, thine arm reveal,

And make thy glory known;
Now let us all thy presence feel,

And soften hearts of stone.
2 From all the guilt of former sin

May mercy set us free ;
And let the year we now begin,

Begin and end with thee.
3 Send down thy spirit from above,

That saints may love thee more,

And sinners now may learn to lo e,

Who never loved before.
4 And when before thee we appear,

In our eternal home,
May growing numbers worship here,

And praise thee in our room. 717.

C. M. HeginBOTHAN.
New Year. Providential Goodness.
1 GOD of our lives, thy various praise

Our voices shall resound :
Thy hand directs our fleeting days,

And brings the seasons round.
2 To thee shall grateful songs arise,

Our Father and our Friend,
Whose constant mercies from the skies

In genial streams descend.
3 In every scene of life, thy care,

In every age, we see ;
And constant as thy favors are,

So let our praises be.
4 Still may thy love, in every scene,

In every age, appear ;
And let the same compassion deign

To bless the opening year.
5 If mercy smile, let mercy bring

Our wandering souls to God :
In our affliction we shall sing

If thou wilt bless the rod. 718. 5 & 12s. M. C. WESLEY.

The New Year.
1 COME, let us anew

Our journey pursue, –

Roll round with the year,
And never stand still till the Master appear ;

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