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While with ceaseless course the sun
Who are those array'd in white
Why do we mourn departing friends
Why droops my soul with guilt opprest
Why flow these torrents of distress
Why should believers when they meet
Why should I fear the darkest hour
Why should our mourning thoughts delight
Why should the children of a king
Why those fears ? behold 'tis Jesus
With all my powers of heart and tongue
With joy we meditate the grace
With melting heart and weeping eyes
With tears of anguish I lament
Wounded head, back ploughed with furrows

Ye angels that stand round the throne
Ye careless dying sinners come
Ye dying sons of men
Ye prisoners of hope
Ye servants of God, your master proclaim
Ye that in his courts are found ..
Ye that thirst for solid pleasure
Ye virgin souls arise
Ye wretched, hungry, starving poor
Ye who love the cause of Sion
Your harps, ye trembling saints

Zion is Jehovah's dwelling
Zion's king shall reign victorious
Zion stands by hills surrounded
Zion the city of our God

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1. God the Creator of the World. L.M.


1 BEFORE Jehovah's awful throne,

Ye nations bow with sacred joy;
Know that the Lord is God alone,

He can create, and he destroy.
2 His sov'reign power, without our aid,

Made us of clay, and form'd us men;
And when like wand'ring sheep we stray'd,

He brought us to his fold again. 3 We'll crowd thy gates with thankful songs,

High as the heav'ns our voices raise;
And earth, with her ten thousand tongues,

Shall fill thy courts with sounding praise. 4 Wide as the world is thy command,

Vast as eternity thy love;
Firm as a rock thy truth shall stand,
When rolling years shall cease to move!


2. God the Father of his people. C.M. Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer; thy

name is from everlasting.—Isa. Ixiii. 16. 1 The God, who reigns above, we call

Our Father and our Friend :
And, blessed thought! his children all

Shall see him in the end.
2 Tho' now dispersed, the day will come,

When he who made them his, Will take them hence, and bear them home,

To “ see him as he is.” 3 Tho' now unknown, they soon shall be

The sons of God confess'd : Those who despise them now, shall

That they alone are blest. 4 But let his children, while on earth,

With foes and strangers mix’d, Be mindful of their heav'nly birth;

Their thoughts on glory fix'd.
5 That they should glorify him here,

Their Father's purpose is;
And when at last he shall appear,

He will confess them his.
3. God the Father of his People. C.M.

O LORD, thou art our Father.-Isa. lxiv. 8. 1 Our Father sits on yonder throne,

Amidst the hosts above;
He reigns throughout the world alone,
He reigns, the God of love.

But now,

2 He knew us, when we knew him not;

Was with us, though unseen : His favour came to us unsought;

His love has wondrous been.
3 He keeps us now, securely keeps,

Whatever foe assails,
With vigilance that never sleeps ;

With pow'r that never fails.
4 He gives us hope that we shall be,

Ere long with him above; The fulness of his glory see,

And celebrate his love. 5 Then let us, while we dwell below,

Obey our Father's voice; To all his dispensations bow,

And in his name rejoice. 6 How sweet to hear him say at last,

“ Ye blessed children come! The days of banishment are past,

Your Father calls you home!”

4. God the Father of his People. C.M. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed ;

for I am thy God; &c.—Isa. xli. 10.
1 And art thou with me, gracious Lord,

To dissipate my fear ?
Dost thou proclaim thyself my God,
My God for ever near ?

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