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4 While we his gracious succor prove,
'Midst all our various ways, The darkest shades, through which we pass,
Shall echo with his praise.
The obscure abyss of providence !
Too dark to view with feeble sense. 2 Through seas and storms of deep distress
We sail by faith, and not by sight;
Through all the terrors of the night. 3 Dear Father, if thy lifted rod
Resolve to scourge us here below,
166. L. M. TATE & BRADY.
Confidence in God's Protection. Ps. 18.
My firm affection, Lord, to thee;
A fortress, and defence to me.
My trust is in thy mighty power :
3 Thou to the just shalt justice show;
The pure thy purity shall see :
Shall meet with due returns from thee. 4 Then who deserves to be adored,
But God, on whom my hopes depend ?
167. 7s. M. Mrs. BARBAULD.
Providence adored in all Changes. 1 Praise to God, immortal praise,
For the love that crowns our days :
Let thy praise our tongues employ; 2 For the blessings of the field,
For the stores the gardens yield;
For the generous olive's use.
Yellow sheaves of ripened grain, Clouds, that drop their fattening dews,
Suns, that temperate warmth diffuse; 4 All that spring with bounteous hand
Scatters o'er the smiling land ;
From her rich o'erflowing stores ;5 These to thee, our God! we owe,
Source whence all our blessings flow! And for these our souls shall raise Grateful vows and solemn praise.
6 Yet should rising whirlwinds tear
From its stem the ripening ear;
Drop her green untimely fruit;
The early and the latter rain;
And the rising year destroy ;
Grateful vows and solemn praise;
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Ever gracious, ever wise !
All events at thy command. 2 Thou didst form me by thy power;
Thou wilt guide me, hour by hour;
Ordered by thy wise decree: 3 Times of sickness, times of health;
Times of penury and wealth ;
Times of triumph and relief; 4 Times temptation's power to prove;
Times to taste a Saviour's love;
169. L. M. DODDRIDGE.
God the Eternal Dwelling-place. Ps. 90. 1 Thou, Lord, through every changing scene,
Hast to thy saints a refuge been;
Their pleasing home, their safe abode. 2 In thee our fathers sought their rest,
In thee our fathers still are blest ;
In thee their souls abide, and trust. 3 Lo, we are risen, a feeble race,
Awhile to fill our fathers' place;
And let us share their refuge too.
In this uncertain wilderness,
Revive our heart and guard our head. 5 So when this pilgrimage is o'er,
And we must dwell in flesh no more,
And find in thee a surer home.
Them may their athers' God receive;
170. S. M. CHRISTIAN PSALMIST.
God working in the Soul.
In paths before unknown:
The strength is all his own. 2 Assisted by his grace,
We still pursue our way;
Secure in endless day.
'Tis he that works to do;
His be the glory too.
171. C. M. MRS. STEELE.
Kindness and Constancy of Providence. 1 Thy kingdom, Lord, forever stands,
While earthly thrones decay;
While ages roll away.
Its unexhausted store,
On thy sustaining power.
Is providence divine;
Of power and mercy shine.