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2 Here may the wretched sons of want
Exhaustless riches find;
And lasting as the mind.
And yields a free repast ; Sublimer sweets than nature knows
Invite the longing taste. 4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around; And life and everlasting joys
Attend the blissful sound.
My ever dear delight;
And still increasing light.
Be thou for ever near;
And view my Saviour there.
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GREAT first of beings! mighty Lord
The world from nothing came.
'Twas instantly obey'd: And through thy goodness all things stand
Which by thy power were made.
They all reflect thy light:
And day succeeds the night. 4 For this, the sun dispenses heat
And beams of cheering day; And distant stars, in order set,
By night thy power display. 5 For this, the earth its produce yields;
For this, the waters flow;
And blooming plants adorn the fields,
And trees aspiring grow.
This wise and noble end;
Shall to thine honour tend.
1 L Toheavena anise, let eartho appear, The heaven arose, the earth appear'd,
At his creating word. 2 But formless was the earth, and void;
Dark, sluggish, and confused; Till o'er the mass the Spirit moved,
And quickening power diffus'd. 3 Then spake the Lord Omnipotent
The mandate, “ Be there light." Light darted forth in vivid rays,
And scatter'd ancient night. 4 The glorious firmament he spread,
To part the earth and sky; And fix'd the upper elements
Within their spheres on high. 5 He bade the seas together flow;
They left the solid land :
Sprung forth at his command.
Two greater orbs of light; The radiant sun to rule the day,
The moon to rule the night. 7 To all the varied living tribes
He gave their wondrous birth: Some form’d within the wat’ry deep,
Some from the teeming earth.
Man, honour'd man, was made;
With innocence array'd.
9 Coinpleted now the mighty work,
God his creation view'd;
Pronounced it “ very good.”
(11. 1.) Praise from Living Creatures. Psalm cxlviii.
Let each enraptured thought obey,
To swell th' inspiring theme.
His boundless mercy sing;
And touch the sweetest string.
United praise bestow;
And in the deeps below.
In heavenly praise employ;
The general burst of joy.
(11. 1.) Praise from the Elements and Worlds. Psalm cxlviii .
E fields of light, celestial plains,
Ye scenes divinely fair,
And breathed the fluid air.
2 Join, all ye stars, the vocal choir ;
The mighty chorus aid;
And praise Him in the shade.
Ye worlds, declare his might;
And nature sprung to light.
To Him who bids you roll;
And breathe it to the soul.
VHE spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
Does his Creator's power display,
The work of an Almighty hand.
The moon takes up the wondrous tale;
Repeats the story of her birth;
And all the planets in their turn,
And spread the truth from pole to pole. 5 What though in solemn silence all
Move round this dark terrestrial ball;
6 In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice;
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TERNAL source of every joy!
Well may thy praise our lips employ, While in thy temple we appear,
To hail thee, Sovereign of the year. 2 Wide as the wheels of nature roll,
Thy hand supports and guides the whole:
And darkness when to veil the skies. 3 The flowery spring at thy command
Perfumes the air, and paints the land;
To raise the corn and cheer the vine. 4 Thy hand in autumn richly pours
Through all our coasts redundant stores;
No more the face of horror wear.
Demand successive songs of praise;
With morning light, and evening shade. 6 Here in thy house let incense rise,
And circling sabbaths bless our eyes,
And feed me with a shepherd's care;