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5 Thou shalt the paths of life display.
Which to thy presence lead,
Where pleasures dwell without allay,
And joys will never fade.
WATTs and TATE, varied.
HIYMN 57. C. M.
The transforming Vision of God.
MY God, the visits of thy face
Afford superior joy
To all the flattering world can give,
Or mortal hopes employ.
2. But clouds and darkness intervene ;
My brightest joys decline ;
And earth's gay trifles oft ensnare
This wand'ring heart of mine.
3 Lord, guide this wand'ring heart to thee;
Unsatisfied I stray :
Break through the shades of sense and sin
With thy enliv'ning ray.
4 O let thy beams resplendent shine,
And every cloud remove ;
Transform my powers, and fit my soul
For happier scenes above.
5 Lord, raise my faith, my hope, my heart,
To those transporting joys;
Then shall I scorn each little snare,
Which this vain world employs.
6 Then, though I sink in death's cold sleep,
To life I shall awake ;
And, in the likeness of my God,
Of heavenly bliss partake. MRs. STEELE.
The Voice of Nature proclaiming God. Ps. xix.
HE heavens declare thy glory, Lord,
Which that alone can fill ;
The firmament and stars express
Their great Creator's skill.
2 The dawn of each returning day
Fresh beams of knowledge brings;
And, from the dark returns of night,
Divine instruction springs.
4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense
Through earth's extent display,
Whose bright contents the circling sun
* Does round the world convey.
6 From east to west, from west to east,
His restless course he goes ;
And, through his progress, cheerful light
And vital warmth bestows. TATE.
Nature and Scripture compared. Ps. xix.
HE heavens declare thy glory, Lord ;
In every star thy wisdom shines;
But when our eyes behold thy word,
We read thy name in fairer lines.
2 The rolling sun, the changing light,
And nights and days thy power confess;
But the blest volume thou hast writ
Reveals thy justice and thy grace.
3 Sun, moon, and stars, convey thy praise
Through the whole earth, and never stand;
So when thy truth began its race,
It touch'd and glanc'd on every land.
4 Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest,
Till through the world thy truth has run ;
Till Christ hath all the nations blest,
That see the light, or feel the sun.
5 Great sun of righteousness, arise ;
Bless the dark world with heavenly light ;
Thy gospel makes the simple wise ; o
Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right.
6 Thy noblest wonders here we view,
In souls renew’d, and sins forgiv'n ;
Lord, cleanse my sins, my soul renew,
And make thy word my guide to heaven. WATTs.
HYMN 60. S. M.
For the Lord's Day Morning. Ps. xix.
EHOLD, the morning sun
Begins his glorious way;
His beams through all the nations run,
And life and light convey.
2. But where the gospel comes,
It spreads diviner light ;
It calls dead sinners from their tombs,
And gives the blind their sight.
3 How perfect is thy word
And all thy judgments just ;
For ever sure thy promise, Lord,
And we securely trust.
4 My gracious God, how plain
Are thy directions giv'n
O may I never read in vain,
But find the path to heaven
5 I hearthy word with love ;
... O help me to obey !
Send thy good spirit from above To guide me, lest I stray. 6 While with my heart and tongue I spread thy praise abroad, Accept the worship and the song, My Saviour and my God. WATTs.
HYMN 61. L. M.
The Exaltation of Christ. Ps. xxi.
Do rejoic’d in God his strength,
Rais'd to the throne by special grace ;
But Christ the Son appears at length,
Fulfils the triumph and the praise.
2 How great is the Messiah's joy
In the salvation of thy hand 1
Lord, thou hast rais'd his kingdom high,
And giv'n the world to his command.
3 Thy goodness grants whate'er he will,
Nor does the least request withhold ;
Blessings of love present him still,
And crowns of glory, not of gold.
4 Honour and majesty divine
Around his sacred temples shine ;
Blest with the favour of thy face,
And length of everlasting days. WATTs.
ET all the various tribes of men
To God their homage pay ;
And distant nations of the earth,
One sovereign Lord obey.
2 "Tis his prerogative supreme
O'er subject kings to reign ;
'Tis just that he should rule the world,
Who does the world sustain.
3 The rich, whom he with plenty feeds,
His goodness shall confess ;
The sons of want, whom he relieves,
Their bounteous patron bless.
4. With humble confidence to God
Let all for aid repair ;
For He, who first their beings gave,
Will make them still his care.
5 Blest time ! when all of human birth,
Devoted to his name,
Shall, to their heirs, his sacred truth
And glorious acts proclaim. TATE, varied.
HYMN 63. S. M.
God's tender Care of his People. Ps. xxiii.
HE Lord my shepherd is ;
I shall be well supplied ;
Since he is mine, and I am his,
What can I want beside 7
2 He leads me to the place
Where heav'nly pasture grows,
Where living waters gently pass,
And full salvation flows.
3 If e'er I go astray,
He doth my soul reclaim ;
And guides me in his own right way,
For his most holy name.
4 Whilst he affords his aid,
I cannot yield to fear ;
Tho' I should walk thro' death's dark shade,
My God is with me there.
5 In sight of all my foes,
He does my table spread ;
My cup with blessings overflows,
And joy exalts my head.
6 The bounties of his love
Shall crown my future days;