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SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS. Eternity of God. Psalm 90. i ERE mountains reared their forms sublime,
Or the fair earth in order stood,
From everlasting thou art God. 2 A thousand ages in their flight,
With thee are as a fleeting day;
At once their various scenes display.
A passing thought, that soon is o'er,
And fills the musing mind no more. 4 To us, O Lord, the wisdom give
So every precious hour to spend,
1 BEYOND, beyond that boundless sea,
Above that dome of sky,
Thy dwelling is on high ;
That thou, my God! art nigh.
Through the wide fields of air ; The waves obey thy dread control :
Yet still thou art not there.
Where shall I find Him, O my soul,
Who yet is everywhere?
But in the conscious breast,
There does his spirit rest.
And make thy creatures blest!
The Love of God.
1 0 SOURCE divine, and Life of all,
The Fount of being's wondrous sea!
That saw not Love supreme in thee. 2 We shrink before thy vast abyss,
Where worlds on worlds unnumbered brood; We know thee truly but in this,
That thou bestowest all our good.
O, grant us still in thee to dwell,
Thy presence working all things well! 4 Nor let thou life's delightful play
Thy truth's transcendent vision hide;
From thee, our nature's only guide. 5 Bestow on every joyous thrill
A deeper tone of reverent awe;
C. M. 141.
Thee the creation sings;
And heavens high palace, rings.
How glorious to behold!
And starred with sparkling gold!
Thy orders to obey ;
To make thy chariot way.
Thy thunder shakes our coast,
The banners of thine host.
Observe thy strong command;
Or sink them to the sand.
6 Thy glories blaze all nature round,
And strike the gazing sight,
With terror and delight.
Shine through the worlds abroad,
And speak the builder God.
The Majesty of God. Psalm 18.
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 cherub and on cherubim
Full royally he rode;
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.
The Ways of God inscrutable.
| Thy way, O God! is in the sea;
Thy paths I cannot trace, Nor comprehend the mystery
Of thine unbounded grace.
2 Here the dark veils of flesh and sense
My captive soul surround; Mysterious deeps of providence
My inward thoughts confound. 3 As, through a glass, I dimly see
The wonders of thy love, How little do I know of thee,
Or of the joys above!
4 Though but in part I know thy will,
I bless thee for the sight:
In glory's clearer light.
5 In rapture shall I then survey
Thy providence and grace; And spend an everlasting day
In wonder, love, and praise.
On every side I find thy hand :
2 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. 30 may these thoughts possess my breast,
Where'er I rove, where'er I rest;
And bow before the Lord ; His high commands with reverence hear,
And tremble at his word.