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C. M. BowRING.

Nature's Evening Hymn. 1 The heavenly spheres to thee, O God,

Attune their evening hymn;
All wise, all holy, thou art praised

In song of seraphim !
Unnumbered systems, suns and worlds

Unite to worship thee,
While thy majestic greatness fills

Space, time, eternity.
2 Nature,-a temple worthy thee,

That beams with light and love;
Whose flowers so sweetly bloom below,

Whose stars rejoice above,
Whose altars are the mountain cliffs

That rise along the shore;
Whose anthems, the sublime accord

Of storm and ocean roar;
3 Her song of gratitude is sung

By spring's awakening hours;
Her summer offers at thy shrine

Its earliest, loveliest flowers;
Her autumn brings its ripened fruits

In glorious luxury given ;
While winter's silver heights reflect

Thy brightness back to heaven. 4 On all thou smil'st; and what is man

Before thy presence, Cod ?
A breath but yesterday inspired,

To-morrow but a clod.

That clod shall mingle in the vale,

But, kindled, Lord, by thee,
The spirit to thy arms shall spring,

To life, to liberty.

58. L. M.

WATTS.

Evening Hymn. 1 Thus far the Lord has led me on,

Thus far his power prolongs my days! And every evening shall make known

Some fresh memorial of his grace.
2 Much of my time has run to waste,

And I, perhaps, am near my home;
But he forgives my follies past,

He gives me strength for days to come. 3 I lay my body down to sleep;

Peace is the pillow for my head:
While well appointed angels keep
Their watchful stations round my

bed. 4 Faith in his name forbids

my O may thy presence ne'er depart! And in the morning make me hear

Thy love and kindness in my heart. 5 Thus when the night of death shall come,

My flesh shall rest beneath the ground,
And wait thy voice to rouse my tomb,
With sweet salvation in the sound.

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GENERAL PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING.

59.

P. M.

ANONYMOUS.

Solemn Invocation.

1 Come, thou Almighty King!
Help us thy name to sing;

Help us to praise !
Father all glorious,
O’er all victorious,
Come and reign over us,

Ancient of days!

2 Come, thou all gracious Lord !
By heaven and earth adored,

Our prayer attend !
Come, and thy children bless :
Give thy good word success;
Make thine own holiness

On us descend !

3 Never from us depart;
Rule thou in every heart,

Hence, evermore!
Thy sovereign majesty
May we in glory see,
And to eternity

Love and adore.

60. L. M BROWNE.

Praise to the only true God. Ps. 86. 1 ETERNAL God, almighty cause

Of earth and seas and worlds unknown;
All things are subject to thy laws;

All things depend on thee alone.
2 Thy glorious being singly stands,
Of all

within itself possessed : Controlled by none are thy commands,

Thou in thyself alone art blessed. 3 Worship to thee alone belongs;

Worship to thee alone we give;
Thine be our hearts, and thine our songs;

And to thy glory may we live. 4 Lord, spread thy name through heathen lands;

Their idol deities dethrone;
Subdue the world to thy commands,
And reign, as thou art, God alone.

61. 10 & Ils. M. SPIRIT OF THE PSALMS.

Adoring Praise. Ps. 104. 1 Oh praise ye the Lord, his greatness proclaim;

Jehovah, our God, how awful thy name! How vast is thy power, thy glory how great; Lo, myriads of spirits thy mandates await! 2 Thy canopy's heaven, in splendor so bright;

Thy chariot the clouds, thy garment the light: The works of creation thy bidding perform; Thou ridest the whirlwind, directest the storm.

3 What wisdom is shown, what power displayed

In all that thy hand hath fashioned and made ! The earth full of riches, in beauty complete; The fathomless ocean, with wonders replete. 4 O thou, our great God, Redeemer and King,

With hearts full of love, to thee will we sing ; To life's latest moment our voices we 'll raise, And join the full chorus of blessing and praise.

62. L. M. TATE & BRADY.

Thanksgiving and Holiness. Ps. 106.
1 O RENDER thanks to God above,

The fountain of eternal love;
Whose mercy firm through ages past

Has stood, and shall forever last.
2 Who can his mighty deeds express,

Not only vast, but numberless ?
What mortal eloquence can raiso

His tribute of immortal praise ?
3 Happy are they, and only they,

Who from thy judgments never stray;
Who know what's right; nor only so,

But always practise what they know.
4 Extend to me that favor, Lord,

Thou to thy chosen dost afford :
When thoii return'st to set them free,

Let thy salvation visit me.
5 O may I worthy prove to see

Thy saints in full prosperity;
That I the joyful choir may join,
And count thy people's triumph mine.

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