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2 The heavens are for his curtains spread;
Th’ unfathom'd deep he makes his bed : Clouds are his chariot, when he flies
On winged storms across the skies. 8 Angels, whom his own breath inspires, His
ministers are flaming fires ; And swift as thought their armies move
To bear his vengeance or his love.
Are pois'd, and shall forever stand ;;
Lest it should drown the earth again.
Which high above the mountains stood,
They spring on hills, and drench the plains. 7 He bids the crystal fountains flow,
And cbeer the vallies as they go;
And for the stream wild asses bray. & From pleasant trees which shade the brink,
The lark and linnet light to driuk;
On the parch'd earth enriching showers;
10 He makes the grassy food arise,
And gives the cattle large supplies ;
To nourish nature, or to cure.
The olive yields an useful juice ;
With inward joy our faces shine. 12 O bless his name, ye people, fed
With nature's chief supporter, bread ; While bread your vital strength imparts, Serve him with vigour in your hearts.
13 Behold the stately cedar stands,
Rais'd in the forest by his hands;
And build their nests secure on high. 14 To craggy hills ascends the goat;
And at the airy mountain's foot
He gives them wisdom where to dwell. 15 He sets the sun his circling race,
Appoints the moon to change her face; And, when thick darkness veils the day,
Calls out wild beasts to hunt their prey. 16 Fierce lions lead their young abroad,
And, roaring, ask their meat from God; But when the morning beams arise,
The savage beast to covert flies. 17 Then man to daily labour goes;
The night ivas made for his repose :
18 How strange thy works! how great thy
And every land thy riches fill: [skill! Thy wisdom round the world we see,
This spacious earth is full of thee. 19 Nor less thy glories in the deep,
Where fish in millions swim and creep, With wondrous motions, swift or slow:
Still wandering in the paths below.
And flocks of scaly monsters play;
All nature rests upon thy word,
Waiting their portion from thy hand. 22 While each receives his different food,
Their cheerful looks pronounce it good ; Eagles and bears, and whales and worms
Rejoice and praise in different forms.
And, dying, to their dust return;
Life, breath and spirit all are thine.
And fill the world with beasts and men ;
Repairs the wastes of time and death. 25 His works, the wonders of his might,
Are honour'd with bis own delight:
26 The earth stands treinbling at thy stroke,
And at thy touch the mountains smoke;
And tell their wants to sovereign grace. 27 In thee my hopes and wishes meet,
And make my meditations sweet ;
Till it expire in endless joy.
Their glory bury'd in the dust,
Egypt. 1 NIVE thanks to God, invoke his name,
God hear the
world his grace ;
Sound through the earth his deeds of fama,
That all may seek his face.
For numerous ages past,
In equal force shall last.
And made the blessing sure;
And find his truth endure. 4 " Thy seed shall make all nations blest,”!
(Said the Almighty voice) 6 And Canaan's land shall be tlieir rest,
" The type of heavenly joys." 5 (How arge the grant ! how rich the grace.
To give them Canaan's land,
When they were strangers in the place,
A little feeble band !
Securely they remov'd;
Severely he reprov'd.
“Sball soon revenge the wrong: u The man that does my prophets harna,
“Shall know their God is strong." 8 Then let the world forbear its rage,
Nor put the church in fear :
And thus provok'd their God,
Arm'd with his dreadful rod.
Like an o'erwhelming flood;
To lakes and streams of blood.
Through the whole country spread; And frogs, in croaking armies, rise
About the monarch's bed. 12 . Through fields, and towns, and palaces,
The tenfold vengeance flew;
And hail their cattle slew.
The flower of Egypı dy'd;