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2 Silent and swift they glide away ;

Steady and strong the current flows,
Lost in eternity's wide sea,

The boundless gulf from whence it rose.
3 With it the thoughtless sons of men

Upon the rapid stream are borne
Swift on to their eternal home,

Whence not one soul can e'er return.
4 Yet, while the shore, on either side,

Presents a gaudy, flattering show,
We gaze, in fond amazement lost,

Nor think to what a world we go.
5 Great Source of wisdom, teach my heart

To know the price of every hour,
That time may bear me on to joys

Beyond its measure and its power.

727. 10 & 11s. M. DODDRIDGE.

For New Year's Day. 1 HOUSE of our God, with cheerful anthems ring,

While all our lips and hearts his graces sing ;
The opening year his bounties shall proclaim,

And all its days be vocal with his name.
The Lord is good, his mercy never-ending,
His blessings in perpetual showers descending.
2 Thou earth, enlightened by his rays divine,

Pregnant with grass, and corn, and oil, and wine ;
Crowned with his goodness, let the nations meet,

And lay their crowns at his paternal feet;
With grateful love that liberal hand confessing,
Which through each heart diffuseth every blessing.
3 His mercy never ends; the dawn, the shade,

Still see new beauties through new scenes displayed ;
Succeeding ages bless this sure abode,
And children lean upon their father's God.

The soul of man, through its immense duration,
Drinks from this source immortal consolation.
4 Burst into praise, my soul ! all nature join ;

Angels and men in harmony combine ;
While human years are measured by the sun,

And while eternity its course shall run,
His goodness, in perpetual showers descending,
Exalt in songs and raptures never-ending.

THE SEASONS.

728.
C. M.

NEEDHAM.
The Providence of God in the Seasons.
1 THE rolling year, Almighty Lord !

Obeys thy powerful nod;
Each season, as it silent moves,

Declares the present God.
2 Waked by thy voice, blooms forth the spring,

In living verdure dressed ;
On hills, in vales, through fields and groves,

Thy beauties stand confessed.
3 The sun calls forth the summer months,

Nor do the hours delay;
The fruits with varied colors glow

Beneath his ripening ray.
4 Thy bounty, Lord ! in autumn shines,

And spreads a general feast ;
In which thy creatures all partake,

The greatest and the least.
5 When winter rears her hoary head,

And shows her furrowed brow,
In storms and tempests, frosts and snows,

How awful, Lord, art thou !

6 The rolling year, Almighty Lord !

Obeys thy powerful nod;
Each season, as it silent moves,

Declares the present God. 729.

L. M. Esfield's SELECT. The Goodness of God in the Seasons. 1 GREAT God! at whose all-powerful call

At first arose this beauteous frame,
By thee the seasons change, and all

The changing seasons speak thy name. 2 Thy bounty bids the infant year,

From winter storms recovered, rise ;
When thousand grateful scenes appear,

Fresh opening to our wondering eyes. 3 O, how delightful 't is to see

The earth in vernal beauty dressed !
While in each herb, and flower, and tree,

Thy bright perfections shine confessed !
4 Indulgent God! from every part,
Thy plenteous blessings largely flow;

we taste ; - let every heart With grateful love and duty glow. 30. C.M.

Watts.
Seasons.
1 WITH songs and honors sounding loud,

Address the Lord on high ;
O’er all the heavens he spreads his cloud,

And waters veil the sky.
2 He sends his showers of blessings down,

To cheer the plains below;
He makes the grass the mountains crown,

And corn in valleys grow.
3 His steady counsels change the face
Of each declining year ;

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We see,

He bids the sun cut short his race,

And wintry days appear.
4 On us his providence has shone,

With gentle, smiling rays;
0, may our lips and lives make known

His goodness and his praise.
731.
C. M.

ANONYMOUS.
Spring.
1 WHEN brighter suns and milder skies

Proclaim the opening year,
What various sounds of joy arise !

What prospects bright appear !
2 Earth and her thousand voices give

Their thousand notes of praise ;
And all, that by his mercy live,

To God their offering raise.
3 The streams, all beautiful and bright,

Reflect the morning sky ;
And there, with music in his flight,

The wild bird soars on high.
4 Thus, like the morning, calm and clear,

That saw the Saviour rise,
The spring of heaven's eternal year

Shall dawn on earth and skies.
5 No winter there, no shades of night,

Obscure those mansions blest,
Where, in the happy fields of light,

The weary are at rest.
732.
C. M.

STEELE.
Spring
1 WHEN verdure clothes the fertile vale,

And blossoms deck the spray,
And fragrance breathes in every gale,
How sweet the vernal day !

2 Hark! how the feathered warblers sing!

'T is nature's cheerful voice ; Soft music hails the lovely spring,

And woods and fields rejoice.
3 O God of nature and of grace,

Thy heavenly gifts impart;
Then shall my meditation trace

Spring, blooming in my heart.
4 Inspired to praise, I then shall join

Glad nature's cheerful song,
And love and gratitude divine

Attune my joyful tongue.
733.
S. M.

ANONYMOUS.
The Seasons. Summer.
1 GREAT God, at thy command

Seasons in order rise :
Thy power and love in concert reign

Through earth, and seas, and skies.
2 How balmy is the air !

How warm the sun's bright beains !
While, to refresh the ground, the rains

Descend in gentle streams.
3 With grateful praise we own

Thy providential hand,
While grass, and herbs, and waving corn,

Adorn and bless the land.
4 But greater still the gift

Of thy beloved Son ;
By him forgiveness, peace, and joy,

Through endless ages run. 734. 7 & 6s. M. BRITISH MAGAZINE,

Autumn.
1 THE leaves around me falling
Are preaching of decay ;

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