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2 Here may the wretched sons of want

Exhaustless riches find;
Riches above what earth can grant,

And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,

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.
5 O may these leavenly pages be

My ever dear delight;
And still new beauties may I see,

And still increasing light.
6 Divine Instructer, gracious Lord,

Be thou for ever near;
Teach me to love thy sacred word,

And view my Saviour there.

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GREAT first of beings! mighty Lord
Produc'd by thy creating word,

The world from nothing came.
2 Thy voice sent forth the high command,

'Twas instantly obey'd: And through thy goodness all things stand

Which by thy power were made.
3 Lord, for thy glory shine the whole;

They all reflect thy light:
For this, in course the planets roll,

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.
6 Inspired with praise, our minds pursue

This wise and noble end;
That all we think, and all we do,

Shall to thine honour tend.

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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 :
And herbs, and plants, and fruitful trees,

Sprung forth at his command.
6 Above, he form’d the stars; and placed

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.
8 Then, chief o'er all his works below,

Man, honour'd man, was made;
His soul with God's pure image stamp'd,

With innocence array'd.

9 Coinpleted now the mighty work,

God his creation view'd;
And, pleased with all that he had made,

Pronounced it “ very good.”


(11. 1.) Praise from Living Creatures. Psalm cxlviii.

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| EGIN, my soul, th' exalted lay;

Let each enraptured thought obey,
And praise th’ Almighty's Name:
Let heaven and earth, and seas and skies,
In one melodious concert rise,

To swell th' inspiring theme.
2 Ye angels, catch the thrilling sound,
While all th' adoring thrones around

His boundless mercy sing;
Let every listening saint above
Wake all the tuneful soul of love,

And touch the sweetest string.
3 Whate'er this living world contains,
That wings the air, or treads the plains,

United praise bestow;
Ye tenants of the ocean wide,
Proclaim him through the mighty tide,

And in the deeps below.
4 Let man, by nobler passions sway'd,
The feeling heart, the judging head,

In heavenly praise employ;
Spread HIS tremendous Name around,
While heaven's broad arch rings back the sound,

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,
Your Maker's wondrous power proclaim;
Tell how he form'd your shining frame,

And breathed the fluid air.

2 Join, all ye stars, the vocal choir ;
Thou dazzling orb of liquid fire

The mighty chorus aid;
And, soon as evening veils the plain,
Thou moon, prolong the hallow'd strain

And praise Him in the shade.
3 Thou heaven of heavens, his vast abode,
Proclaim the glories of thy God;

Ye worlds, declare his might;
He spake the word, and ye were made,
Darkness and dismal chaos fled,

And nature sprung to light.
4 Let every element rejoice;
Ye thunders, burst with awful voice

To Him who bids you roll;
His praise in softer notes declare,
Each whispering breeze of yielding air,

And breathe it to the soul.

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VHE spacious firmament on high,

With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame,

Their great Original proclaim.
2 Th’ unwearied sun, from day to day,

Does his Creator's power display,
And publishes to every land

The work of an Almighty hand.
3 Soon as the evening shades prevail,

The moon takes up the wondrous tale;
And, nightly, to the evening earth,

Repeats the story of her birth;
4. Whilst all the stars that round her burn,

And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,

And spread the truth from pole to pole. 5 What though in solemn silence all

Move round this dark terrestrial ball;
What though no real voice nor sound
Amidst their radiant orbs be found;

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6 In reason's ear they all rejoice,

And utter forth a glorious voice;
For ever singing as they shine,
" The hand that made us is divine."

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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:
T'he sun is taught by thee to rise,

And darkness when to veil the skies. 3 The flowery spring at thy command

Perfumes the air, and paints the land;
The summer rays with vigour shine

To raise the corn and cheer the vine. 4 Thy hand in autumn richly pours

Through all our coasts redundant stores;
And winters, soften’d by thy care,

No more the face of horror wear.
5 Seasons, and months, and weeks, and days,

Demand successive songs of praise;
And be the grateful homage paid,

With morning light, and evening shade. 6 Here in thy house let incense rise,

And circling sabbaths bless our eyes,
Till to those lofty heights we soar,
Where days and years revolve no more.

(11. 3.)
PSALM xxiii.
1 NVE Lord my pasture shall prepare,

And feed me with a shepherd's care;
Ilis presence shall my wants supply,
And gnard me with a watchful eye;
My noon-day walks he shall attend,
And all my midnight hours defend.


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