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3 He shall defend and guide thy course

Through life's uncertain sea, Till thou art landed on the shore

Of blessed eternity. 4 Then seek the Lord betimes, and choose

The path of heavenly truth : The earth affords no lovelier sight

Than a religious youth.

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MONTGOMERY. For Sunday Schools. i Within these walls be peace;

Love through our borders found; In all our little palaces

Prosperity abound. 2 God scorns not humble things;

Here, though the proud despise, The children of the King of kings

Are training for the skies.
3 May none who thus are taught,

From glory be cast down,
But all through faith and patience brought

To an immortal crown.

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Watts. Daily and Nightly Devotion. Ps. 134. 1 Ye that obey the immortal King,

Attend his holy place;
Bow to the glories of his power,

And bless his wondrous grace.

2 Lift up your hands by morning light,

And send your souls on high :
Raise your admiring thoughts by night

Above the starry sky.
3 The God of Zion cheers our hearts

With rays of quickening grace; The God that spreads the heavens abroad,

And rules the swelling seas.


For a Blessing with Food.
1 Fountain of being, Source of good,

At whose almighty breath
The creature proves our bane or food,

Dispensing life or death;
2 Thee we address with humble fear;

Vouchsafe thy gifts to crown: Father of all, thy children hear,

And send a blessing down. 3 O may our souls forever pine

Thy grace to taste and see; Athirst for righteousness divine,

And hungry after thee.


Goodness of God in the Seasons.
1 GREAT God, at whose all-powerful call

At first arose this beauteous frame,
Thou bidst the seasons change, and all
The changing seasons speak thy name.

2 Thy bounty bids the infant year,

From winter storms recovered, rise; When thousand grateful scenes appear,

Fresh opening to our wondering eyes. 3 The new delight how great, to see

The earth in vernal beauty dressed, While in each herb, and flower, and tree,

Thy opening bounty shines confessed. 4 Aloft, full beaming, reigns the sun,

And light and genial heat conveys;
And while he leads the seasons on,

From thee derives his quickening rays. 5 Indulgent God! from every part

Thy plenteous blessings largely flow;
We see; we taste; let every heart
With grateful love and duty glow.


Imitation of Thomson's Hymn on the Seasons.
1 Lord of the worlds below!

On earth thy glories shine:
The changing seasons show
Thy skill and power divine.

In all we see
A God appears;
The rolling years

Are full of thee.
2 Forth in the flowery spring,

We see thy beauty move;
The birds on branches sing
Thy tenderness and love;

Wide flush the hills;
The air is balm :
Devotion's calm
Our bosom fills.

The sun,

3 Then come, in robes of light, The summer's flaming days;

thine image bright, Thy majesty displays;

And oft thy voice
In thunder rolls;
But still our souls

In thee rejoice.
4. In autumn, a rich feast

Thy common bounty gives
To man, and bird, and beast,
And everything that lives.

Thy liberal care
At morn and noon
And harvest moon,

Our lips declare.
5 In winter, awful thou !

With storms around thee cast;
The leafless forests bow
Beneath thy northern blast.

While tempests lower,
To thee, dread King,
We homage bring,

And own thy power.


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The Seasons of the Year. Ps. 147.
1 With songs and honors sounding loud,

Address the Lord on high;
Over the heavens he spreads his cloud,

And waters veil the sky.
2 He sends his showers of blessings down

To cheer the plains below;
He makes the grass the mountains crown,

And corn in valleys grow.
3 His steady counsels change the face

Of the declining year;
He bids the sun cut short his race,

And wintry days appear.
4 His hoary frost, his fleecy snow,

Descend and clothe the ground;
The liquid streams forbear to flow,

In icy fetters bound. 5 He sends his word, and melts the snow;

The fields no longer mourn:
He calls the warmer gales to blow,

And bids the spring return.
6 The changing wind, the flying cloud,

Obey his mighty word:
With songs and honors sounding loud,

Praise ye the sovereign Lord.


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