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And after death thy boundless grace,
Through everlasting years, adore. 711. L. P. M.
Thanksgiving for National Prosperity.
Th' extended trade, the fruitful skies,
All from thy boundless goodness rise.
Science and art their charms display ;
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 ;
And triumph in his mighty name.
O, still may God amidst us reign ;
And all our sacred rights maintain. 712.
A word of thine Almighty breath
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.
Thy kind protection still implore :
Confess thy goodness, and adore. 713.
L. H. SIGOURNEY.
Thy manna o'er our wilderness.
O’er earth its robe of blossoming ;
Rose quickening in thy blesséd ray. 3 God of the seasons ! thou hast blest
The land with sunlight and with showers,
4 Praise, - praise to thee! Our hearts expand
To view these blessings of thy hand,
OPENING AND CLOSING OF THE YEAR. 1714. 7s. M.
Hasted through the former year,
Never more to meet us here ;
They have done with all below;
But how little none can know.
Speedily the mark to find ;
Darts and leaves no trace behind ; -.
Bear us down life's rapid stream :
All below is but a dream.
Pardon of our sins renew ;
With eternity in view ;
Fill us with a Saviour's love ;
May we dwell with thee above.
715. L. M.
A Song for the opening Year.
By which supported still we stand ;
Still we are guarded by our God;
By his unerring counsel led.
The future — all to us unknown -
And peaceful leave before thy feet.
Be thou our joy, and thou our rest; .
And seal in silence mortal tongues,
In brighter worlds our souls shall boast.
And make thy glory known;
And soften hearts of stone.
May mercy set us free ;
Begin and end with thee.
That saints may love thee more,
And sinners now may learn to lo e,
Who never loved before.
In our eternal home,
And praise thee in our room. 717.
C. M. HeginBOTHAN.
Our voices shall resound :
And brings the seasons round.
Our Father and our Friend,
In genial streams descend.
In every age, we see ;
So let our praises be.
In every age, appear ;
To bless the opening year.
Our wandering souls to God :
If thou wilt bless the rod. 718. 5 & 12s. M. C. WESLEY.
The New Year.
Our journey pursue, –
Roll round with the year,