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THE

CHRISTIAN PSAILMIST.

PART I.
ON SCRIPTURE SUBJECTS.

1 -
The Creation.—Gen. i. 1.

1 Now let a spacious world arise,
Said the Creator-Lord:
At once the obedient earth and skies
Rose at his sovereign word.

2 Dark was the deep; the waters lay
Confused, and drown'd the land:
He call'd the light; the new-born day
Attends on his command.

3 He bade the clouds ascend on high;
The clouds ascend, and bear
A watery treasure to the sky,
And float on softer air.

4 The liquid element below
Was gather'd by his hand;
The rolling seas together flow,
And leave the solid land.

5 With herbs and plants, a flowery birth,
The naked globe He crown'd,
Ere there was rain to bless the earth,
Or sun to warm the ground.

6 Then He adorn'd the upper skies;–
Behold, the sun appears,
The moon and stars in order rise,
To make our months and years.

7 Out of the deep the Almighty King
- Did vital beings frame,
The painted fowls of every wing,
And fish of every name.
8 He gave the lion and the worm
At once their wondrous birth,
And grazing beasts, of various form,
Rose from the teeming earth.

9 Adam was framed of equal clay,
Though sovereign of the rest;
Design'd for nobler ends than they,
With God's own image bless'd.

10 Thus, glorious in the Maker's eye,
The young creation stood;
He saw the building from on high,
His word pronounced it good.

11 Lord, while the frame of nature stands,
Thy praise shall fill my tongue;
But the new world of grace demands
A more exalted song.

2.

Creation, Dissolution, and Renovation of all things.Gen. i. 1, &c. 1 BY faith we know, the world was made Formless at first, and void: We know, the universe decay'd Shall be by fire destroy'd : 13ut soon the co-eternal Son We shall in glory view, Jehovah sitting on his throne, Creating, all things new. 2 Such is my soul, confused and void, With darkness palpable o'erspread, - D

Stripp'd of the living form of God,
Fallen, emphatically dead, .
Till the eternal Spirit move,
And raise again the spark of love.
3 Expand thy wings, celestial Dove
And, brooding o'er my nature's night,
Call forth the ray of heavenly love; . .
Let there in my dark soul be light,
And fill the illustrated abyss
With glorious beams of endless bliss.
4 “Let there be light,” again command,
And light there in our hearts shall be :
We then, through faith, shall understand
Thy great mysterious Majesty,
And, by the shining of thy grace,
Behold in Christ thy glorious face.

5 Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
In council join again,
To restore thine image, lost
By frail apostate man:
O, might I thy form express, -
Through faith begotten from above,
Stamp'd with real holiness,
And fill'd with perfect love
6 Father, see this living clod,
This spark of heavenly fire!
Lo, my soul, the breath of God,
Doth after God aspire:
Let it still to heaven ascend,
Till I my Principle rejoin, o
Blended with my glorious end,
And lost in Love Divine.

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Death enter'd by the eye:
And parleying, in a tempted state,
We lust, consent, and die.

2 But all mankind, restored,
Their Eden may retrieve:
And, lo, by faith we see our Lord,
We touch, and taste, and live!
3 Jesus, Thou art a tree
That makes the foolish wise;
And safely we may feed on Thee,
And feast both heart and eyes.
4. Wisdom divine Thou art,
Received through faith alone;
And when Thou dost thyself impart,
We know as we are known.

4. Lot looking towards Sodom.—Gen. xix. 16, 17.

1 THIs world is all enchanted ground,
Oh, whither shall I fly!
The vengeful flames are kindling round,
And if I stop, I die.

2 When some kind hand has brought me forth,
How lingering is my pace
Lord, either drive me by thy wrath,
Or draw me by thy grace.

3 Oh, let me not a moment waste,
On this destructive plain;
Hence let me flee with greater haste,
Till I the Zoar gain :

5. Abraham gathered to his people.—Gen. xxv. 8.

1 Is God's peculiar people mine?
To them I then shall be
Gather'd beneath the Saviour's sign,
And Christ in glory see.
2 Gather'd into the Church above,
Whoe'er to Christ belong
Shall meet, to sing the song of love,
The Lamb's eternal song.

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I O God of Bethel ! by whose hand
Thy people still are fed;
Who through this weary pilgrimage
Hast all our fathers led.
2 Our vows, our prayers, we now present
Before thy throne of grace:
God of our fathers be the God
Of their succeeding race.

3 Through each perplexing path of life
Our wandering footsteps guide;
Give us each day our daily bread,
And raiment fit provide.

4 O, spread thy covering wings around,
Till all our wanderings cease,
And at our Father's loved abode,
Our souls arrive in peace.

5 Such blessings from thy gracious hand,
Our humble prayers implore;
And Thou shalt be our chosen God,
And portion evermore.

7.

Jacob wrestling with the Angel.—Gen. xxxii. 24.

PART FIRST.

I CoME, O Thou traveller unknown,
Whom still I hold, but cannot see .
My company before is gone,
And I am left alone with Thee.
With Thee all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle till the break of day.

2 I need not tell Thee who I am ;
My misery and sin declare :
Thyself hast called me by my name:
Look on thy hands, and read it there:

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