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Art Thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One?-HAB. i. 12.

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THOU

HOU wast, O God, and Thou wast blest
Before the world began ;
Of Thine eternity possessed
Before time's hour-glass ran;

Thou needest none Thy praise to sing,
As if Thy joy could fade:
Couldst Thou have needed anything,
Thou couldst have nothing made.

2 Great and good God! it pleased Thee
Thy Godhead to declare;

And what Thy goodness did decree

Thy greatness did prepare;

Thou spak'st, and heaven and earth appeared

And answered to Thy call,

As if their Maker's voice they heard,
Which is the creature's all.

3 To whom, Lord, should I sing, but Thee,
The Maker of my tongue?

Lo! other lords would seize on me,

But I to Thee belong :

As waters haste unto their sea,
And earth unto its earth,
So let my soul return to Thee,
From whom it had its birth.

4 But ah! I'm fallen in the night,
And cannot come to Thee;

Yet speak the word, 'Let there be light,'

It shall enlighten me:

And let Thy word, most mighty Lord,

A men.

Thy fallen creature raise;

O make me o'er again, and I
Shall sing my Maker's praise.
John Mason.

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Ray Palmer.

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