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4 Such great deliv'rance God has wrought,

And still the gracious care of heav'n
Has down to us salvation brought;
All praise to God, our God, be giv'n!

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Accession of the Sovereign. 370

Prayer for the Church and Queen.

1 Sam. x, 24. . I Tim. ii, 1, 2. . 1 LORD of heaven, and earth, and ocean,

Hear us from thy bright abode, While our hearts with deep devotion

Own their great and gracious God! Source, reveal'd in sacred story,

Of each good and perfect thing! Lord of life, and light, and glory!

Guide thy Church, and guard our Queen!

2 Thee with humble adoration

Laud we now for mercies past; Still to this most favour'd nation

May those mercies ever last! Britons then, through future story,

With their prayers shall praises sing; Lord of life, and light, and glory!

Guide thy Church, and guard our Queen!

Sovereign 371

L. M.
Blessings implored on our Sovereign.
Ps. cxliv, 10. Prov. viii, 15. Rom. xiii, 1-4.
10. King of kings! thy blessing shed

On our anointed Sovereign's head;
And, looking from thy throne in heav'n,
Protect the crown Thyself hast giv'n.

2 Her with thy choicest mercies bless;

To all her counsels give success;
In war, in peace, thy succour bring;
Thy strength command: God save the Queen!

3 Her may we honour and obey;

Uphold her right and lawful sway;
Rememb’ring that the powers that be
Are ministers ordaind of Thee.

4 Thou, ever mindful of her want,

Through all her days thy favour grant;
And bid the golden circlet spread
Its purest splendours round her head.

5 And, oh! when earthly thrones decay,

And earthly kingdoms fade away,
Grant her throne in worlds on high,
A crown of immortality!

Parliament. 372

8.8. 6. Prayer for grace for our rulers.

Gen. xviii, 26. 2 Sam. xxiii, 3.
1 Lord God of hosts! who dost fulfil
In heaven and earth thy sov’reign will -

For heaven and earth are thine-
The councils of our nation bless
With wisdom, truth, and righteousness,

With light and love divine.
2 Whate'er they plan, whate'er decree,
Oh! may they lift their eyes to Thee

For thine Almighty aid;
Free them from sin's corrupting sway;
Teach them to show the heavenly way,

Where humbler men may tread.
3 Oh! be it ever their design
To make thy grace, thy glory shine,

And stay the realm on Thee:
Thy church from error to defend,
Until its light to heaven ascend,

And spread from sea to sea.
4 When Thou in terror risest forth
To sweep the wicked from the earth

With dread resistless stroke,
O’er Britain stretch thy sheltering arm;
Her Tower of refuge in the storm;

Her everlasting Rock!

Humiliation.
373

C.M.
Bowing beneath the rod.
Jer. xxxi, 18. Joel ii, 12. Jonah iii, 8-10.

1 SEE, gracious God! before thy throne

Thy mourning people bend !
'Tis on thy sovereign grace alone

Our humble hopes depend.

2 Tremendous judgments from thy hand

Thy dreadful power display;
Yet mercy spares this guilty land,

And still we live to pray.

3 Great God! and why is Britain spar'd,

Ungrateful as we are?
Oh! make thine awful warnings heard,

While mercy cries:-Forbear!

4 O turn us, turn us, mighty Lord !

Bestow thy cheering grace!
Then shall our hearts obey thy word,

And humbly seek thy face.

5 Then, should insulting foes invade,

We shall not sink in fear;
Secure of never-failing aid,

If God, our God, be near.

Thanksgiving. 374

L. M. God, the Giver of victory. 2 Chron. xxxii, 8. Esth. ix, 22. Ps. xx, 7.

1 WHILE nations, fired with mutual rage,

In fierce contention warfare wage,
God reigns on heaven's eternal throne,
And makes their wills subserve his own.

2 On horses some their hope repose;

Some urge the chariot on their foes;
But we such feeble trust disclaim;
Our trust is in Jehovah's name.

3 The God, whom heaven and earth obey,

Did shield us in the dreadful day;
The God of battles o'er our head
His own victorious banner spread.

4 The God of battles—Thee we own;

The vict'ry, Lord ! is thine alone;
To Thee our grateful hearts we raise,
And own thy hand, and sing thy praise.

5 Oh! when we praise, and when we pray,

Do Thou, whom heaven and earth obey,
Accept the praise, confirm the pray'r,
And make our safety still thy care!

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