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Begin the anthem ever sweet and new,
While I extol him, holy, just, and good.
Life, beauty, light, intelligence, and love
Eternal, nncreated, intinite!
Unscarchable Jehovah! God of truth,
Maker, upholder, governor of all!
Thyself unmade, ungoverned, unupheld !
Omnipotent, unchangeable, Great God !
Exhaustless fulness! giving unimpaired !
Bounding immensity, unspread, unbound !
Highest and best! beginning, middle, end !
All-seeing eye! all-seeing, and unseen!
Hearing, unheard ! all-knowing, and unknown!
Above all praise! above all height of thought :
Proprietor of immortality!
Glory ineffable! bliss underiv'd !
Of old thou built’st thy throne on righteousness,
Before the morning stars their song began,
Or silence heard the voice of praise. Thou laid'st
Eternity's foundation-stone, and saw'st
Life and existence out of Thee begin,
Mysterious more, the more displayed, where still
Upon thy glorious Throne thou sit'st alune,
Hast sat alone, and shalt for ever sit.
Alone, Invisible, Immortal one!
Behind essential brightness unbeheld,
Incomprehensible ! what weight shall weigh,
What measure, measure Thee! What know we more
Of Thee, what need to know, than thou hast taught,
And bid'st as still repeat, at morn and even ?
God! Everlasting Father! Holy One !
Our God, our Father, our eternal All!
Source whence we came, and whither we return;
Who made our spirits, who our bodies made,
Who made the heaven, who made the flowery land,
Who made all made, who orders, governs all,
Who walks upon the wind, who holds the wave
In hollow of thy hand, whom thunders wait,
Whom tempests serve, whom flaming fires obey,
Who guides the circuit of the endless years,
And sit’st on high, and mak'st creation's top
Thy footstool, and behold'st, below Thee, all-
All noaght, all less than nonght, and vanity.
Like transient dust that hovers on the scale,
Ten thousand worlds are scatter'd in thy breath.
Thou sit'st on high, and measur'st destinies,
And days, and months and wide revolving years;
And dost according to thy holy will;
And none can stay thy hand, and none withhold
Thy glory; for in judgment, Thou, as well
As inercy, art exalted, day and night.
Past, present, future, magnify thy name.

Thy works all praise Thee, all thy angels praise,
Thy saints adore, and on thy altars burn
The fragrant incense of perpetual love.
They praise Thee now, their hearts, their voices praise,
And swell the rapture of the glorious song!
Harp! lift thy voice on high, shout, angels, shout!
And loudest ye redeemed! glory to God
And to the Lamb who bought us with his bloud,
From every kindred, nation, people, tongue;
And washed, and sanctified, and saved our souls;
And gave us robes of linen pure, and crowns
Of life, and made us kings and priests to God.
Shout back to ancient Time! sing loud, and wave
Your palms of triumph! sing, Where is thy sting,
O Death! where is thy victory, O Grave!
Thanks be to God, eternal thanks, who gave
Us victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Harp ! lift thy voice on high ! shout, angels, shout!
And loudest, ye redeemed! glory to God,
And to the Lamb, all glory and all praise
All glory and all praise at morn and even
That come and go eternally, and find
Us happy still, and Thee for ever blest !
Glory to God and to the Lamb. Amen.
For ever, and for evermore. Amen.

CREATION AND PROVIDENCE.

CREATION.

INVITATION TO PRAISE THE

CREATOR.

MILTON.

MILTON.

LET us with a gladsome mind Praise the Lord, for he is kind, For his mercies shall endure, Ever faithful, ever sure.

Let us blaze his name abroad,
For of gods, he is the God :
Who by his wisdom did create
The painted Heavens so full of state.

Who did the solid Earth ordain
To rise above the watry plain :
Who by his all-commanding might,
Did fill the new-made world with light.

The Son On his great expedition now appear'd, Girt with Omnipotence, with radiance

crown'a Of majesty divine ; sapience and love Immense, and all his Father in him shone. About his chariot numberless were pour'd Cherub and Seraph, Potentates and Thrones, And Virtues, winged Spirits, and chariots

wing'd From th' armoury of God, where stand of

old Myriads between two brazen mountains

lodgid Against a solemn day, harness'd at hand, Celestial equipage; and now came forth Spontaneous; for within them spirit liv'd, Attendant on their Lord; Heav'n open'd

wide Her ever-during gates, harmonious sound On golden hinges moving, tu let forth The King of Glory in his powerful Word And Spirit coming to create new worlds. ()n heav'nly ground they stood, and from the

shore They view'd the vast immeasurable abyss, Outrageous as a sea, dark, wasteful, wild, Up from the bottom turn'd by furious winds And surging waves, as mountains, to assault Heav'n's height, and with the centre mix

the pole.

He caused the golden-tressed sun
All the day long his course to run :
The horned moon to shine by night,
Amongst her spangled sisters bright.

All living creatures he doth feed,
And with full hand supplies their need;
Let us therefore warble forth,
His mighty majesty and worth :-

That his mansion hath so high Above the reach of mortal eye; For his mercies shall endure, Ever faithful, ever sure.

even

Silence, ye troubled Waves, and thou In circuit to the nttermost convex
Deep, peace,

Of this great roond ; partition firm and sare, Said then th'ompific Word; your discordend! The waters underneath from those above Nor stay'd, but on the wings of Cherubim Dividing: for as Earth, so he the world Uplifted, in paternal glory rode

Built on circamfluous waters calm, in wide Far into Chaos, and the world unborn; Crystalline ocean, and the loud misrule For Chaos heard his voice; him all his train Of Chaos far remov'd, lest fierce extremes Follow'd in bright procession to behold Contiguous might distemper the whole Creation, and the wonders of his might.

frame: Then stay'd the fervid wheels, and in his And Heav'n he named the Firmament; 50

barid He took the golden compasses prepar'd And morning chorus sung the second day. In God's eternal store, to circumscribe This universe, and all created things ;

The earth was form’d; but in the womb One foot he centred, and the other turn'd

as yet Round through the vast profundity obscure, Of waters, embryon immature involv'd And said, Thus far extend, thus far thy Appear'd not : over all the face of Earth bounds,

Main ocean flow'd, not idle, but with warm This be thy just circumference, 0 World. Prolific humour soft'ning all her globe, Thus God the Heav'n created, thus the Earth. Fermented the great mother to conceive,

Satiate with genial moisture, when God said, Let there be Light, said God, and forth- Be gather'd now, ye waters under Heav'n, with Light

Into one place, and let dry land appear. Ethereal, first of things, quintessence pure, Immediately the mountains huge appear Sprung from the deep, and from her native Emergent, and their broad bare backs upEast

heave To journey through the aëry gloom began, Into the clouds, their tops ascend the sky: Spher'd in a radiant cloud; for yet the sun So high as heav'd the tumid hills, so low Was not, she in a cloudy tabernacle Down sunk a hollow bottom, broad and Sojourn'd the while; God saw the light deep, was good;

Capacious bed of waters: thither they And light from darkness by the hemisphere Hasted with glad precipitance, uprollid Divided : light the Day, and darkness Night As drops on dust conglobing from the dry; He nam’d. Thus was the first day ev'n and Part rise in crystal wall, or ridge direct,

For haste; such flight the great command Nor past uncelebrated, nor unsung

impress'd By the celestial qnires, when Orient light

On the swift floods: as armies at the call Exhaling first from darkness, they beheld ; Of trumpets (for of armies thou hast heard) Birth-day of Heav'n and Earth; with joy Troop to their standard, so the watery throng, and shout

Wave rolling after wave, wbere way they The hollow universal orb that fillid,

found, And touch'd their golden harps, and hymn. If sleep with torrent rapture, if through plain ing prais'd

Soft-ebbing; nor withstood them rock or hill, God and his works: Creator, him they sung,

But they, or underground, or circuit wide Both when first evening was, and when With serpent error wand'ring, found their first morn.

way,

And on the washy ooze deep channels wore; Again, God said, Let there be firmament Easy, ere God bad bid the ground be dry, Amid the waters, and let it divide

All but within those banks, where rivers now The waters from the waters: and God made Stream, and perpetual draw their humid The firmament, expanse of liquid, pure,

train. Transparent, elemental air, diffus'd The dry land Earth, and the great receptacle

morn:

To man,

moon

Of congregated waters, he call'd Seas ; For seasons, and for days, and circling years, And saw that it was good, and said, Let th’ And let them be for lights, as I ordain Earth

Their office in the firmament of Heav'n Put forth the verdant grass, herb yielding To give light on the Earth; and it was so. seed,

And God made two great lights, great for And fruit-tree yielding fruit after her kind,

their use Whose seed is in herself upon the Earth.

the greater to have rule by day, He scarce had said, when the bare earth, till The less by night altern; and made the stars, then

And set them in the firmament of Heav'n, Desert and bare, unsightly, unadorn'd, To illuminate the Earth, and rule the day Brought forth the tender grass, whose ver- In their vicissitude, and rule the night, dure clad

And light from darkness to divide. God saw, Her universal face with pleasant green, Surveying his great work, that it was good : Then herbs of every leaf, that sudden flower'd | For of celestial bodies first the sun Opening their various colours, and made gay A mighty sphere he fram’d, unlightsome first, Her bosom smelling sweet; and these scarce Tho' of ethereal mould: then form'd the

blown, Forth Avarish'd thick the clust'ring vine, Globose, and every magnitude of stars, forth crept

And sow'd with stars the Heav'n thick as The smelling gourd, up stood the corny reed a field : Embattled in her field, and the humble Of light by far the greater part he took, shrub,

Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and And bush with frizzled hair implicit: last plac'd Rose, as in dance, the stately trees, and In the sun's orb, made porous to receive spread

And drink the liquid light, firm to retain Their branches hung with copious fruit, or Her gather'd beams, great palace now of gemm'd

light. Their blossoms; with high woods the hills Hither, as to their fountain, other stars were crown'd

Repairing, in their golden uros draw light With tufts the vallies, and each fountain side ; And hence the morning planet gilds her With borders long the rivers : that Earth horns ;

By tincture or reflection they augment Seem'd like to Heav'n, a seat where gods | Their small peculiar, though from human might dwell,

sight Or wander with delight, and love to haunt So far remote, with diminution seen. Her sacred shades : tho' Gud bad yet not First in his east the glorious lamp was seen, rain'd

Regent of day, and all the horizon round Upon the Earth, and man to till the ground | Invested with bright rays, jocund to run None was, but from the Earth a dewy mist His longitude thro' Heaven's high road; the Went up and water'd all the ground, and each gray Plant of the field, which, ere it was in th’ | Dawn, and the Pleiades before him danc'd, Earth

Shedding sweet influence: less bright the God made, and every herb, before it grew On the green stem ; God saw that it was But opposite in leveli'd West was set good :

His mirrror, with full face borrowing her So ev'n and morn recorded the third day light

From him, for other light she needed none Again th’ Almighty spake, Let there be In that aspect, and still that distance keeps lights

Till night; then in the east her turn she High in th' expanse of Heaven to divide shines, The day from night; and let them be for Revolv'd on Heav'n's great axle, and her signs,

reign

now

moon

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