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5 Thou good, and wise, and righteous Lord!

All move subservient to thy will ;
Both peace and war await thy word,
And thy sublime decrees fulfil.

6 To thee we pay our grateful songs;

Thy kind protection still implore :
O may our hearts, and lives, and tongues,
Confess thy goodness, and adore.

L. M. 715. KIPPIS.

Thanksgiving for National Prosperity.
1 How rich thy gifts, Almighty King!

From thee our public blessings spring:
The extended trade, the fruitful skies,
The treasures liberty bestows,
The eternal joys the Gospel shows,

All from thy boundless goodness rise. 2 Here commerce spreads the wealthy store,

Which pours from every foreign shore;
Science and art their charms display ;
Religion teaches us to raise
Our voices to our Maker's praise,
As truth and conscience point the way.

3 With grateful hearts, with joyful tongues,

To God we raise united songs.
Here still may God in mercy reign;
Crown our just counsels with success,
With peace and joy our borders bless,
And all our sacred rights maintain.

6 & 4s. M.



Praise to the God of Harvest.

1 The God of harvest praise ;
In loud thanksgiving raise

Hand, heart, and voice;
The valleys smile and sing,
Forests and mountains ring,
The plains their tribute bring,

The streams rejoice.
2 Yea, bless his holy name,
And purest thanks proclaim

Through all the earth;
To glory in your lot
Is duty, — but be not
God's benefits forgot,

Amidst your mirth.
3 The God of harvest praise;
Hands, hearts, and voices raise,

With sweet accord ;
From field to garner throng,
Bearing your sheaves along,
And in your harvest song

Bless ye the Lord.

H. M.



A Psalm of Praise.

1 AROUND the throne of God,

The host angelic throngs;
They spread their palms abroad,

And shout perpetual songs :
Him first they own,

God ever blest, Him last, and best, And God alone.

2 Their golden crowns they fling

Before his throne of light,
And strike the rapturous string,

Unceasing, day and night;
Heaven, earth, and sea

For thine they are, Thy praise declare, And thine shall be. 3 While thus the powers on high

The joyous chorus raise,
Let earth and man reply,

And echo back the praise;
His glory own,

God ever blest, First, last, and best, And God alone.

S. M.



"Is it such a fast that I have chosen?"


6 Is this a fast for me?.

Thus saith the Lord our God;“ A day for man to vex his soul,

And feel affiction's rod?


“ Like bulrush low to bow

His sorrow-stricken head,
With sackcloth for his inner vest,

And ashes round him spread?
“ Shall day like this have power

To stay the avenging hand,
Efface transgression, or avert

My judgments from the land?
“No; is not this alone

The sacred fast I choose,
Oppression's yoke to burst in twain,

The bands of guilt unloose?



66 To nakedness and want

Your food and raiment deal,
To dwell your kindred race among,

And all their sufferings heal ?
" Then, like the morning ray,


Shall spring your health and light; Before you, righteousness shall shine,

Behind, my glory bright!”

C. M.



Humility under AMiction.

i O SINNER, bring not tears alone,

Or outward form of prayer, But let it in thy heart be known

That penitence is there.

2 To smite the breast, the clothes to rend,

God asketh not of thee :
Thy stubborn soul he bids thee bend

In true humility.

3 O let us, then, with heartfelt grief,

Draw near unto our God, And pray to him to grant relief,

And stay the lifted rod. 4 O righteous Judge! in mercy deign

To grant the help we need : We pray for time to turn again,

And grace to turn indeed.

C. M. 720.

** He cometh to judge the world."
1 God, to correct a guilty world,

In wrath is slow to rise,
But comes at length in thunder clothed,

And darkness veils the skies.

2 All earthly glory, pomp, and pride

Are in his presence lost; Empires o'erturned, thrones, sceptres, crowns,

In wild confusion tossed.

3 Dark and mysterious is the course

Of his tremendous way;
His path is in the trackless winds,

And in the foaming sea.

4 Yet, though enveloped in the cloud,

And from our view concealed,
The righteous Judge will soon appear,

In majesty revealed.

5 Then will he curb the lawless power,

The deadly wrath of man,
And all the windings will unfold

Of his own gracious plan.

L. M.

Public Humiliation.
1 Great Framer of unnumbered worlds,

And whom unnumbered worlds adore,
Whose goodness all thy creatures share,
While nature trembles at thy power!

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