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But heavenly Majesty comes down,
And bows to hearken to our tongues!

3 Great God! what poor returns we pay
For love so infinite as thine!
Words are but air, and tongues but clay,
But thy compassion's all divine.

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HYMN 46. B. 2. L. M.
Portugal, Truro, Dunstan,

Condescension of God.

1 UP to the Lord, who reigns on high,
And views the nations from afar,
Let everlasting praises fly,

And tell how large his bounties are.

2 [He that can shake the worlds he made,
Or with his word, or with his rod;
His goodness, how amazing great!
And what a condescending God!

3 God, that must stoop to view the skies,
And bow to see what angels do,
Down to the earth he casts his eyes,
And bends his footsteps downward too.]

4 He overrules all mortal things,
And manages our mean affairs:
On humble souls the King of kings
Bestows his counsels, and his cares.
5 Our sorrows and our tears we pour
Into the bosom of our God;
He hears us in the mournful hour,
And helps to bear the heavy load.

6 In vain might lofty princes try
Such condescension to perform;
For worms were never rais'd so high
Above their meanest fellow worm.

7 O! could our thankful hearts devise

A tribute equal to thy grace,

To the third heaven our songs should rise And teach the golden harps thy praise.

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HYMN 99. B. 2. C. M.
Abridge, Christmas.

Decrees of God.

1 LET the whole race of creatures lie Abas'd before their God;

Whate'er his sov'reign voice has form'd He governs with a nod.

2 [Ten thousand ages ere the skies Were into motion brought,

All the long years and worlds to come
Stood present to his thought.

3 There's not a sparrow nor a worm
But's found in his decrees;
He raises monarchs to their thrones,
And sinks them as he please.]

4 If light attend the course I run,
'Tis he provides those rays;
And 'tis his hand that hides my sun,
If darkness cloud my days.

5 Yet I would not be much concern'd,
Nor vainly long to see

The volumes of his deep decrees,
What months are writ for me.

6 When he reveals the book of life,
O, may I read my name
Among the chosen of his love,
The foll'wers of the Lamb!

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HYMN 67. B. 2. C. M.
Stade, Abridge, Bedford.
Dominion and immutability of God.

1 GREAT God! how infinite art thou!

What worthless worms are we!

Let the whole race of creatures bow,
And pay their praise to thee.

2 Thy throne eternal ages stood,
Ere seas or stars were made;
Thou art the ever-living God,
Were all the nations dead.
3 Nature and time quite naked lie
To thine immense survey,
From the formation of the sky,
To the great burning day.

4 Eternity, with all its years,
Stands present in thy view;
To thee there's nothing old appears-
Great God! there's nothing new.

5 Our lives through various scenes are drawn, And vex'd with trifling cares;

While thine eternal thought moves on
Thine undisturb'd affairs.

6 Great God! how infinite art thou!
What worthless worms are we!
Let the whole race of creatures bow,
And pay their praise to thee.

PSALM 93. L. M.

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Old Hundred, Portugal.

Dominion, elernity and immutability of God.
1 JEHOVAH reigns! he dwells in light,
Girded with majesty and might;
The world, created by his hands,
Still on its first foundation stands.

2 But ere this spacious world' was made,
Or had its first foundation laid,
Thy throne eternal ages stood,
Thyself the Ever-living God.

3 Like floods the angry nations rise, And aim their rage against the skies;

Vain floods, that aim their rage so high! At thy rebuke the billows die.

4 Forever shall thy throne endure:
Thy promise stands forever sure;
And everlasting holiness
Becomes the dwellings of thy grace.

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PSALM 93. 1st Part. P. M.
Old 50th, or Landaff, Cherriton,
Dominion of God.

1 THE Lord of glory reigns, he reigns on high:
His robes of state are strength and majesty.
This wide creation rose at his command,
Built by his word and 'stablish'd by his hand.
Long stood his throne ere he began creation,
And his own Godhead is the firm foundation.
2 God is th' Eternal King: Thy foes in vain
Raise their rebellion to confound thy reign.
In vain the storms, in vain the floods arise,

And roar, and toss their waves against the skies:
Foaming at heaven, they rage with wild commotion,
But heaven's high arches scorn the swelling ocean.
3 Ye tempests, rage no more; ye floods, be still!
And the mad world submissive to his will:
Built on his truth, his church must ever stand;
Firm are his promises and strong his hand.
See his own sons, when they appear before him,
Bow at his footstool, and with fear adore him.

11 PSALM 93. 2d Part. P. M.

Dalston, St. Giles.

1

THE Lord Jehovah reigns,
And royal state maintains,

His head with awful glories crown'd;
Array'd in robes of light,
Begirt with sov'reign might,
And rays of majesty around.

2 Upheld by thy commands,
The world securely stands;
And skies and stars obey thy word;
Thy throne was fix'd on high,
Before the starry sky;
Eternal is thy kingdom, Lord.
3 In vain the noisy crowd,

Like billows fierce and loud,
Against thine empire rage and roar:
In vain with angry spite,

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The surly nations fight,

And dash like waves against the shore. 4 Let floods and nations rage,

And all their powers engage: Let swelling tides assault the sky: The terrors of thy frown

Shall beat their madness down; Thy throne forever stands on high. Thy promises are true,

5

Thy grace is ever new:

There fix'd, thy church shall ne'er remove :
Thy saints with holy fear

Shall in thy courts appear,
And sing thine everlasting love.
Repeat the fourth stanza, if necessary.

HYMN 70. B. 2. L. M.
Green's Hundredth, Dunstan,
Dominion of God over the sea.

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1 GOD of the seas, thy thund'ring voice Makes all the roaring waves rejoice;

And one soft word of thy command,
Can sink them, silent, in the sand.
2 If but a Moses wave thy rod,

The sea divides and owns its God;
The stormy floods their Maker knew,
And led his chosen armies through.

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