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Through him, O may our humble praise

Accepted rise before thy throne.

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HYMN 91. C. M. [#]

Homage and Devotion.
1 With sacred joy we lift our eyes

To those bright realms above,
That glorious temple in the skies,

Where dwells eternal Love.
2 Before the radiant throne we bow

Of heaven's almighty King :
Here we present the solemn vow,

And hymns of glory sing.
3 Thee we adore ; and, Lord, to thee

Our filial duty pay :
Thy service, unconstrained and free,

Conducts to endless day.
4 While in thy house of prayer we kneel,

With trust and holy fear,
Thy mercy and thy truth reveal,

And lend a gracious ear.

HYMN 92. C. M. [#or b ]

Sincere Devotion acceptable. 1 God is a Spirit just and wise;

He sees our inmost mind :
In vain to Heaven we raise our cries,

And leave our souls behind.
2 Nothing but truth, before his throne,

With honour can appear :

The painted hypocrites are known

Through the disguise they wear. 3 Their lifted eyes salute the skies,

Their bending knees the ground;
But God rejects the sacrifice

Where not the heart is found. 4 Lord, search my thoughts, and try my ways, And make


soul sincere ; Then shall I stand before thy face,

And find acceptance there.

HYMN 93. S. M. [#]

God's Mercy to the Penitent. 1 SWEET is the friendly voice

Which speaks of life and peace;
Which bids the penitent rejoice,

And sin and sorrow cease. 2 No balm on earth like this

Can cheer the contrite heart;
No flattering dreams of earthly bliss

Such pure delight impart. 3 Still merciful and kind,

Thy mercy, Lord, reveal :
The broken heart thy love can bind,

The wounded spirit heal. 4 Thy presence shall restore

Peace to my anxious breast :
Lord, let my steps be drawn no more

From paths which thou hast blessed.

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HYMN 94. L. M. [#]

The all-seeing God. 1 LORD, thou hast searched and seen me through ;

Thine eye commands, with piercing view,
My rising and my resting hours,

My heart and flesh, with all their powers. 2 My thoughts, before they are my own,

Are to my God distinctly known ;
He knows the words I mean to speak,

Ere from my opening lips they break. 3 Within thy circling power I stand ;

On every side I find thy hand :
Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,

I am surrounded still with God.
4 Amazing knowledge, vast and great !

What large extent! what lofty height !
My soul, with all the powers I boast,

Is in the boundless prospect lost.
5 O may these thoughts possess my breast

Where'er I rove, where'er I rest !
Nor let my weaker passions dare
Consent to sin ; for God is there.


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HYMN 95. 8 & 7's. M. [#]

Thanksgiving for Divine Mercy.
1 SOVEREIGN Lord of light and glory,

Author of our mortal frame,
Joyfully we bow before thee,
And extol thy holy name :

Ever sacred be the theme !
2 Kind Dispenser of each blessing

Which surrounds the human race,
May we, gratefully possessing,
Still adore thy boundless grace :

Praise to God, immortal praise !
3 Thus, with humble adoration,

We attend before thy throne,
And, with grateful exultation,
Thine abundant mercy own :

Praise belongs to thee alone.
4 In thy every dispensation,

Love and mercy we descry;
Thou, the God of our salvation,
To preserve us, still art nigh :

Glory be to God on high.

- HYMN 96. L. M. [#]

Devout Aspirations.
1 SUPREME and universal Light,

Fountain of reason, Judge of right,
Parent of good, whose blessings flow

On all above, and all below;
2 Without thy kind, directing ray,

In everlasting night we stray,
From passion still to passion tossed,

And in a maze of error lost. 3 Assist us, Lord, to act, to be

What nature and thy laws decree;
Worthy that bright, that mental flame,

Which from thy breathing spirit came. 4 May our expanded souls disclaim

The narrow view, the selfish aim,
And with a Christian zeal embrace

Whate'er is friendly to our race.
5 O Father, grace and virtue grant;

No more we wish, no more we want :
To know, to serve thee, and to love,
Is peace below, is bliss above.

HYMN 97. H. M. [#]

Prayer and Confidence.
1 Lord of the skies, look down,

And hearken to our prayers ;
Shine from thy gracious throne,

And chase away our fears :

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