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3 What wise provision hast thou made,

Great Parent of mankind,
That all thine offspring may enjoy

The bliss for them designed.
4 Then will we join our hearts and hands

In bonds of virtuous love,
And, wbilst we live in peace below,

Prepare for bliss above.

HYMN 539. C. M. [#]

Progressive Virtue.
1 MERE human powers shall fast decay,

And youthful vigour cease;
But those who wait upon the Lord

In strength shall still increase.
2 They, with unwearied feet, shall tread

The path of life divine ;
With growing ardour onward move,

With growing brightness shine. 3 On eagles' wings they mount, they soar,

The wings of faith and love,
Till, past the cloudy regions here,

They rise to heaven above.

HYMN 540. L. M. [#]

Triumph of Light and Truth. 1 O God of truth, arise, and shine,

In thy celestial light and love,
On this benighted world of thine,

And raise our hopes to realms above.

2 O send thy gracious beams abroad,

Through sin and death's extended night, And cheer the nations with thy word,

Which brings immortal truth to light. 3 No more let persecution's hand

Sway o'er the world its iron rod, While, falsely claiming God's command,

It riots in a martyr's blood.
4 Let senseless idols share no more

The glories of thy sacred name,
But every land, from shore to shore,

The wonders of thy love proclaim.

HYMN 541. C. M. [#]

God's Magnificence.
1 The Lord descended from above,

And bowed the heavens most high,
And underneath his feet he cast

The darkness of the sky. 2 On cherubim and seraphim

Full royally he rode;
And on the wings of mighty winds

Came flying all abroad.
3 He sat serene upon the floods,

Their fury to restrain;
And he, as sovereign Lord and King,

For evermore shall reign.

HYMN 542. P. M. [#]

Miriam's Song. 1 Sound the loud timbrel o’er Egypt's dark sea;

Jehovah has triumphed; his people are free.
Sing, for the pride of the tyrant is broken,
His chariots, his horsemen, all splendid and

brave; How vain was their boasting ! the Lord hath but

spoken, And chariots and horsemen are sunk in the


Sound the loud timbrel, &c. 2 Praise to the Conqueror, praise to the Lord; His word was our arrow, his breath was our

sword. Who shall return to tell Egypt the story

Of those she sent forth in the hour of her pride? For the Lord hath looked out from his pillar of

And all her brave thousands are dashed in the

Sound the loud timbrel, &c.

HYMN 543. 61. L. M. [#]

The preeminent Glory of God.
I Thy glory, Lord, the heavens declare;

The firmament displays thy skill;
The changing clouds, the viewless air,

Tempest and calm, thy word fulfil:
Day unto day doth utter speech,
And night to night thy knowledge teach.

2 Though voice nor sound inform the ear,

Well known the language of their song, When, one by one, the stars appear,

Led by the silent moon along;
Till round the earth, from all the sky,

Thy beauty beams on every eye.
3 Waked from thy touch, the morning sun

Comes like a bridegroom from his bower, And, like a giant, glad to run

His bright career with speed and power ; Thy flaming messenger, to dart

Life through the depths of nature's heart. 4 While these transporting visions shine

Along the path of Providence,
Glory eternal, joy divine,

Thy word reveals, transcending sense :
My soul thy goodness longs to see,
Thy love to man, thy love to me.


HYMN 544. L. M. [#]
1 PRAISE God, from whom all blessings

Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly throng ;
O praise Jehovah in your song.

HYMN 545. C. M. [#]
1 ALMIGHTY Father, gracious Power,

Thy grateful children own
Thy boundless love, and bow before

Thine everlasting throne.
2 Forever hallowed be thy name,

All holy, good, and wise ;
And may thy perfect will be done

On earth as in the skies.

HYMN 546. S. M. [#]
1 To heaven's eternal King,

Who rules supreme alone,
Let all on earth their praises bring,

And worship round his throne. 2 His name, as sovereign Lord,

Shall sound through distant lands; Great is his grace, and sure his word ;

His truth forever stands.

HYMN 547. 78. M. [ #]
1 HOMAGE pay to God above,

God, whose nature all is love;
In his praise your breath employ,

Gracious Source of every joy!
2 All our hopes of life and heaven

Through thy grace alone are given ;
Bliss eternal, pure, divine,
Every gift, o God, is thine.

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