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2 All nature owns his guardian care;
In him we live and move;
But nobler benefits declare

The wonders of his love. 3 He gave his well-beloved Son To save our souls from sin; "Tis here he makes his goodness known, And proves it all divine.

4 To this sure refuge, Lord, we come,
And here our hope relies;
A safe defence, a peaceful home,
When storms of trouble rise.

5 Thine eye beholds, with kind regard,
The souls who trust in thee;
Their humble hope thou wilt reward
With bliss divinely free.

6 Great God, to thy almighty love
What honors shall we raise?
Not all the raptured songs above
Can render equal praise.

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Wonders of Creation and Grace. 1 GIVE thanks to God most high, The universal Lord,

WATTS.

The sovereign King of kings,
And be his name adored:
Thy mercy, Lord, And ever sure
Shall still endure; Abides thy word.

2 How mighty is his hand!

What wonders hath he done! He formed the earth and seas, And spread the heavens alone: His power and grace And let his name Are still the same; Have endless praise.

3 He sent his only Son

To save us from our woe,
From Satan, sin, and death,
And every hurtful foe:

His power and grace And let his name
Have endless praise.

Are still the same;

4 Give thanks aloud to God-
To God, the heavenly King;
And let the spacious earth
His works and glories sing:
Thy mercy, Lord,
And ever sure
Shall still endure; Abides thy word.

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God is Love.

1 GOD is love; his mercy brightens
All the path in which we rove;
Bliss he wakes, and woe he lightens;
God is wisdom, God is love.

2 Chance and change are busy ever;
Man decays, and ages move;
But his mercy waneth never;
God is wisdom, God is love.

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3 E'en the hour that darkest seemeth
Will his changeless goodness prove;
From the gloom his brightness streameth;
God is wisdoin, God is love.
4 He with earthly cares entwineth
Hope and comfort from above:
Every where his glory shineth;
God is wisdom, God is love.

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God is Love.

1 COME, ye that know and fear the Lord,
And lift your souls above;

Let every heart and voice accord,
To sing, that God is love.

G. BURDER.

2 This precious truth his word declares,
And all his mercies prove;
While Christ, th' atoning Lamb, appears,
To show, that God is love.

3 Behold his loving-kindness waits
For those who from him rove,
And calls of mercy reach their hearts,
To teach them, God is love.

4 And O that you, whose hardened hearts
No fears of hell can move,

May hear the gospel's milder voice,
That tells you, God is love!

5 O, may we all, while here below,
This best of blessings prove:
Till warmer hearts, in brighter worlds,
Shall shout, that God is love.

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God's wondrous Love.

1 O FOR a shout of joy,

Loud as the theme we sing!
To this divine employ

Your hearts and voices bring;
Sound, sound, through all the earth abroad,
The love, th' eternal love, of God.

2 Unnumbered myriads stand,
Of seraphs bright and fair,
Or bow at his right hand,

J. YOUNG.

And pay their homage there; But strive in vain, with loudest chord, To sound the wondrous love of God.

3 Yet sinners saved by grace,
In songs of lower key,
In every age and place,
Have sung the mystery;
Have told, in strains of sweet accord,
The love, the sovereign love of God.

4 Though earth and hell assail,
And doubts and fears arise,
The weakest shall prevail,

And grasp the heavenly prize, And through an endless age record The love, th' unchanging love, of God.

5 O for a shout of joy,

Loud as the theme we sing!
To this divine employ

Your hearts and voices bring; Sound, sound, through all the earth abroad, The love, th' eternal love, of God.

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Condescension of God.

1 ETERNAL Power, Almighty God,
Who can approach thy throne?
Accessless light is thine abode,
To angel eyes unknown.

2 Before the radiance of thine eye,
The heavens no longer shine;
And all the glories of the sky
Are but the shade of thine.

3 Great God, and wilt thou condescend To cast a look below?

STEELE.

To this dark world thy notice bend, -
These seats of sin and woe?

4 How strange, how wondrous is thy love! With trembling we adore:

Not all th' exalted minds above

Its wonders can explore.

5 While golden harps and angel tongues
Resound immortal lays,

Great God, permit our humble songs
To rise and speak thy praise.

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Holiness of God.

1 HOLY and reverend is the name
Of our eternal King;
"Thrice holy Lord," the angels cry;
"Thrice holy," let us sing.

2 The deepest reverence of the mind,
Pay, O my soul, to God;

Lift, with thy hands, a holy heart
To his sublime abode.

NEEDHAM.

4 Thou holy God, preserve my soul
From all pollution free;
The pure in heart are thy delight,
And they thy face shall see.

3 With sacred awe pronounce his name,
Whom words nor thoughts can reach;
A contrite heart shall please him more
Than noblest forms of speech.

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Faithfulness of God.

1 THE truth of God shall still endure,
And firm his promise stand;
Believing souls may rest secure
In his almighty hand.

BEDDOME.

2 Should earth and hell their forces join,
He would contemn their rage,
And render fruitless their design,
Against his heritage.

3 The rainbow round about his throne Proclaims his faithfulness;

He will his purposes perform,
His promises of grace.

4 The hills and mountains melt away;
But he is still the same:
Let saints to him their homage pay,
And magnify his name.

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Faithfulness of God.

1 MY never-ceasing song shall show
The mercies of the Lord,

And make succeeding ages know
How faithful is his word.

2 The sacred truths his lips pronounce
Shall firm as heaven endure;
And if he speak a promise once,
Th' eternal grace is sure.

3 How long the race of David held
The promised Jewish throne!
But there's a nobler promise sealed
To David's greater Son.

WATTS.

4 His seed forever shall possess
A throne above the skies;
The meanest subject of his grace
Shall to that glory rise.

5 Lord God of hosts, thy wondrous ways
Are sung by saints above;

And saints on earth their honors raise
To thine unchanging love.

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