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All things to their period tend,
My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view, I'm lost
In wonder, love, and praise.
2 O how shall words with equal warmth Whence can my weak spirit fetch
The gratitude declare,
That glows within
But thou canst read it there.
3 Thy providence my life sustain'd, 3 His good Spirit's blest instruction
And all my wants redrest,
When in the silent womb I lay,
And hung upon the breast.
4 To all my weak complaints and cries With the light of living faith, Thy mercy lent an ear,
To o'ercome sin, world and death, Ere yet my feeble thoughts had learnt And escape the hell I merit.
To form themselves in pray'r.
5 Unnumber'd comforts to my soul 4 My soul's welfare he advances,
Thy tender care bestow'd,
infant-heart conceiv'd Aid and comfort he dispenses,
From whom those comforts flow'd. , When I call on him by pray'r;
6 When in the slipp'ry paths of youth When my nat'ral strength is shrinking, With heedless steps I ran, In the time of utmost need,
Thine arm, unseen, convey'd me safe, i He, my God, draws nigh with speed, And led me up to man. And recovers me from sinking.
7 Thro' hidden dangers, toils & deaths, All things, &c.
It gently clear'd my way,
And thro’the pleasing snares of vice,
8 When worn with sickness,oft hast thou Kept me safe from hurtful things;
With health renew'd my face;
God withdrawn his favor, And when in sin and sorrow sunk,
Sav'd me in each trying case,
9 Ten thousand thousand preciousgifts All things, &c.
My daily thanks employ;
Nor is the least a cheerful heart,
In God's mercies can be found, [sure, 10 Thro' ev'ry period of my life
Thy goodness I'll pursue ;
And after death, in heav'n with thee,
The glorious theme renew.
11 Thro' all eternity to thee
A joyful song I'll raise :
my days :
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Should all to ruin seem to go and wreck,
At last 'tis seen that thou art wise and IN thee I live, and move, and am ;
2 Far as from east to west, thy wis
dom scatters 2 From thee I am, thro' thee I am,
Things, which man's prudence to come And for thee I must be:
bine would try : "Twere better for me not to live,
And that, which some would lay in Than not to live to thee.
bonds and fetters, 3 Naked I came into this world,
Is by thy power rais'd to reach the sky. And nothing with me brought;
The contrary of what thou dost intend And nothing have I here deserv'd; Sometimes presents itself to human Yet I have lacked nought.
Man, while he thought he understood 4 I do not praise my lab'ring hand,
Is often disappointed in the end.
3 'Fore thee that's nought, which is inheritance.
the admiration 5 Thy bounty gives me bread with Of all; what's nothing, that thon
A table free from strife: (peace, lov'st, O Lord ! Thy blessing is the staff of bread, Fine words with thee find no recom, Which is the staff of life.
[afford. 6 The daily favors of my God
Thy impulse must th' emphatic pow's I cannot sing at large;
The haughty pharisee thou passest by,
To humble sinners thou dost mercy Yet humbly can I make this boast,
show; I am th' Almighty's charge.
Thy thoughts are very high, who can 7 Lord, in the day, thou art about them know !
The paths wherein I tread; What human mind thy wisdom can And in the night, when I lie down, descry!
Thou art about my bed, & O let my house a temple be, 4. We magnify thy name, O God of That I and mine may sing
heaven! Hosannas to thy majesty,
Who, though thou kill'st, dost also And praise our heav'nly King
[given, When wisdom's treasures unto us are Thy watchfulness, thy heart solicitous
To seek our good, thou dost'fore us HOW well, O Lord, art thou thy peo
display : ple leading,
[strange! Todwell among us is thy soul's delight; Tho' oft thy ways seem wonderful and Love doth thy kind paternal heart exThere can be nothing wrong in thy
To lead thy children on, from day to Because thy faithfulness can
day, change. Thy ways seem often crooked, yet are 5 Thou know'st, O Lord, how weak straight,
we are and feeble, In which thy children are ordain'd to Thou clearly canst discern our ignowalk:
To help ourselves.we're utterly unable, Thou art but adding grief to grief, Our very actions prove our impotence. Instead of getting sure relief. Therefore thou tak’st us, thou dost us 3 Would we but be resign'd and quiet, uphold;
And rest in God's good providence, Deal'st father-like, show'st mother's Who oft prescribes us wholesome diet, Those sheep, which that they're thine,
By methods cross to flesh and sense! no man could guess,
To him, who chose us for his own, Are ever fed, and kept within thy föld. Our wants and cares are fully known. 6 Sometimes it seems, thou art severe- 4 He knows the hours for joy and ly dealing,
gladness, Again art tender and compassionate : The proper time and proper place; Thy chastisement corrects us when Are we but faithful 'midst our sadness, we're failing,
Seek not ourselves, but seek his Wheno'er our minds seek to extra- He'll come, before weare aware,(praise: vagate.
And dissipate our grief and care. Then bashfulness forbids us to look up; Thou pardon'st us, we promise better 5 God can this hour with ev'ry dainty things;
The poor man's table amply spread; Thy holy Spirit peace unto us brings, And strip the rich of all his plenty, And puts to all extravagance a stop.
And send him out to beg his bread: God can do wonders, if he please,
Humble the one, the other raise. 7 O give me heav'nly wisdom's penetration,
[shine ! 6 Do thou with faith discharge thy sta, Thou whose eye hateth all deceitful
tion, That I distinguish nature's operation
Keep God's commands, and sing his From grace, that I discern thy light Rely on him for preservation, (praise ; from mine.
On whom the whole creation stays, Let no strange fire be kindled in my The man that's truly wise and just, mind,
Makes God, and God alone his trusta Which I might bring before thee fool
ishly, And vainly think, O Lord, of pleas
Into his faithful hands,
Who heav'n and earth commands. 167.*
For he, the clouds' director,
Whom winds and seas obey, He that' confides in his Creator,
Will be thy kind protector,
And sav'd in many dang'rous ways. 2 Rely on God thy Saviour,
So shalt thou safe go on;
So shall thy work be done ;
By self-consuming care;
By sighs and groans from day to day! When calld upon by pray'r,
3 Thy faithfulness eternal,
Let us, in life and death, O Father, certainly
Boldly thy truth declare, What's good or detrimental
And publish, with our latest breath,
Thy love and guardian care.
( 170. T. 151. Thou, as the great Creator,
CHILDREN of God lack nothing, Thy counsel dost fulfil.
His promise bears them thro'; 4. My soul! then with assurance Who gives the lilies clothing, Hope still, be not dismay’d;
Will clothe his people too ; He will from each incumbrance Beneath the spreading heavens, Again lift up thy head:
No creature but is fed ; Beyond thy wish extended
And he, who feeds the ravens, His goodness will appear,
Will give his children bread. When he hath fully ended
2 Tho' vine, nor fig-tree neither, What caus'd thy needless fear.
Their wonted fruit should bear;
Nor flocks nor herds be there:
Yet God the same abiding,
His praise shall tune my voice;
I cannot but rejoice.
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Make me teachable and mild,
Upright, simple, free from art,
Make me as a weaned child : 2 He ev'ry where hath way, From distrust and envy free,
And all things serve his might, Pleas'd with all that pleaseth ihee, His ev'ry act pure blessing is,
2 What thou shalt to-day provide, His path unsullied light:
Let me as a child receive; When he makes bare his arm,
What to-morrow What shall his work withstand ?
Calmly to thy wisdom leave : When he his people's cause defends,
'Tis enough that thou wilt care, Who, who shall stay his hand ?
Why should I the burden bear?
On a care beyond his own,
Fears to stir a step alone :
Let me thus with thee abide, Yet earth and heaven tell,
As my Father, Guard and Guide. God sits as sov'reign on the throne,
4 Thus preserv'd from Satan's wiles, He ruleth all things well.
Safe from dangers, free from fears, 4 Thou seesť our weakness, Lord, May I live upon thy smiles,
Our hearts are known to thee, Till the promis'd hour appears, O lift thou up the sinking hand,
When the sons of God shall prove Confirm the feeble knee;
All their Father's boundless love.
IX. Of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
3 O Lamb of God, for sinners slain,
Who didst the human race regain, TO God on high all glory be! And claim'st it as thy property ;'
And thanks that he's so gracious, Worthy art'thou eternally! That hence to all eternity
For all we are and have, is thine alone, No evil shall oppress us.
Ah! takeand keep usevermorethyown, His word declares good will to men, On earth is peace restor'd again
4. O Holy Ghost, to thee we raise, Thro' Jesus Christ our Saviour. With joyful hearts, our thanks & praise,
For leading us to Christ by faith, 2 We humbly thee adore and praise, And glorifying Jesus' death; And laud for thy great glory:
() grant us all the
in him t'abide, Father, thy kingdom lasts always, That he may glory in a faithful bride.
Not frail, nor transitory;
5 We all say, Amen! deeply bow'd Thou speak’st, the universe obeys; In presence of the Triune God, In such a Lord we're happy.
By whom in Christ we're fore-ordain'd,
To happiness that knows no end; 3 0 Jesus Christ, thou Son belov'd
With grateful bearts we thank and Of thy celestial Father,
praise the Lord, By whom all enmity's remov’d, His saving nanie for ever be ador'd!
And all the lost find succor; (Lord,
To the Father thanks and praises, 4 0 Comforter, God Holy Ghost,
Whose love in Christ to life us raises, Thou Source of consolation,
And comforts us in all distress; From Satan's pow'r thou wilt, we trust, Glory, thanks and adoration,
Protect Christ's congregation, Be giv'n to Christ without cessation, The purchase of his bitter smart;
Whose presence yields us joy and peace; All evil graciously avert,
The Spirit magnify
Who doth to us apply-Jesus' merit;
Our God revere, -He's present here, 173.*
Come, worship Him, with filial fear, MOST holy, blessed 'Trinity i
2 Father of the congregation, God, prais'd to all eternity!
O what abundant consolation Lord over all, whose pow'r did frame We in thy gracious counsel find The world, and still upholds the same; Which by Christ was manifested! All things thou reconcilest unto thee;. His coming in the flesh attested With awe we now adore thy Majesty! Thy tender love to all mankind;
Thy name we magnify-To all eternity; 2 Father of Jesus, Lord of all,
For thy mercies—unbounded are;
Thy love and care
Exceed our utmost wish and pray'r.
I'll sing, while I have breath in me;