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4 Ye nations, bend, in reverence bend,

Ye monarchs, wait his nod, And bid the song ascend

To celebrate our God!

96. L. M. ADDISON.
The Heavens declare the Glory of God. Ps. 19.
1 The spacious firmament on high,

With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great original proclaim.
The un wearied sun, from day to day,
Doth his Creator's power display;
And publishes to every land

The work of an Almighty hand.
2 Soon as the evening shades prevail,

The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth:
Whilst all the stars which round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,

And spread the truth from pole to pole. 3 What though, in solemn silence, all

Move round this dark terrestrial ball;
What though no real voice nor sound
Amidst their radiant orbs be found;
In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice;
Forever singing, as they shine-

The hand that made us is divine."

97. C. M. WATTS.

Power and Majesty of God. Ps. 89.
1 With reverence let the saints appear,

And bow before the Lord;
His high commands with reverence hear,

And tremble at his word. 2 How terrible thy glories be!

How bright thine armies shine! Where is the power that vies with thee?

Or truth compared with thine ?
3 The northern pole and southern rest

On thy supporting hand;
Darkness and day from east to west

Move round at thy command.
4 Thy words the raging winds control,

And rule the boisterous deep;
Thou mak'st the sleeping billows roll,

The rolling billows sleep.
5 Justice and judgment are thy throne,

Yet wondrous is thy grace;
While truth and mercy, joined in one,

Invite us near thy face.

98.

L. M. WATTS. God Incomprehensible and Sovereign. 1 Can creatures to perfection find

The eternal, uncreated Mind?
Or can the largest stretch of thought
Measure and search his nature out ?

2 'Tis high as heaven, 't is deep as hell,

And what can mortals know or tell?
His glory spreads beyond the sky,

And all the shining worlds on high. 3 God is a King, of power unknown;

Firm are the orders of his throne:
If he resolve, who dare oppose,

Or ask him why, or what he does ? 4 He wounds the heart, and he makes whole

And calms the tempest of the soul :
When he shuts up in long despair,

Who can remove the heavy bar? 5 He frowns, and darkness veils the moon,

The fainting sun grows diin at noon;
The pillars of heaven's starry roof

Tremble and start at his reproof. 6 These are a portion of his ways:

But who shall dare describe his face?
Who can endure his light, or stand
To hear the thunders of his hand ?

99. L. M. DODDRIDGE.

Secing the Invisible.
1 Eternal and immortal King !

Thy peerless splendors none can bear;
But darkness veils seraphic eyes,

When God with all his glory's there. 2 Yet faith can pierce the awful gloom,

The great Invisible can see ;
And with its tremblings mingle joy,
In fixed regard, great Gop! to thee.

3 T'hen every tempting form of sin,

Shamed in thy presence, disappears;
And all the glowing raptured soul

The likeness it contemplates, wears. 4 O ever conscious to my heart !

Witness to its supreme desire :
Behold, it presseth on to thee,

For it hath caught the heavenly fire. 5 This one petition would it urge-

To bear thee ever in its sight;
In life, in death, in worlds unknown,
Its only portion and delight !

100.
L. M.

WALKER'S COL.
God Eternal and Unchangeable.
1 All-powerful, self-existent God,

Who all creation dost sustain !
Thou wast, and art, and art to come,

And everlasting is thy reign !
2 Fixed and eternal as thy days,

Each glorious attribute divine,
Through ages infinite, shall still

With undiminished lustre shine.
3 Fountain of being ! Source of good!

Immutable thou dost remain !
Nor can the shadow of a change

Obscure the glories of thy reign. 4 Earth may with all her powers dissolve,

If such the great Creator's will;
But thou forever art the same;
I am is thy memorial still.

101. L. M. SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS.

Eternity of God. Ps. 90. 1 Ere mountains reared their forms sublime,

Or the fair earth in order stood,
Before the birth of ancient time,

From everlasting thou art God. 2 A thousand ages in their flight

With thee are as a fleeting day;
Past, present, future, to thy sight

At once their various scenes display.
3 But our brief life's a shadowy dream,

A passing thought, that soon is o'er,
That fades with morning's earliest beam,

And fills the musing mind no more. 4 To us, O Lord, the wisdom give

So every precious hour to spend,
That we at length with thee may live,
Where life and bliss shall never end.

102.
L. M.

DODDRIDGE.
Immutability of God. Ps. 102.
1 GREAT Former of this various frame!

Our souls adore thine awful name;
And bow, and tremble, while we praise

The Ancient of eternal days.
2 Beyond an angel's vision bright,

Thou dwell'st in self-existent light; Which shines with undiminished ray, While suns and worlds in smoke decay.

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