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§ II. OF GENERAL PRAYER AND PRAISE.
Hymn of praise. 1 O PRAISE ye the Lord ! prepare a new song ;
And let all his saints in full concert join :
And show forth his praises with music divine. 2 Let praise to the Lord, who made us, ascend;
Let each grateful heart be glad in its king : The God whom we worship our songs will
attend, And view with complacence, the off'ring we
bring. 3 Be joyful, ye saints, sustain'd by his might,
And let your glad songs awake with each
For those who obey him are still his delight,
His hand with salvation the meek will adorn. 4 Then praise ye the Lord! prepare a glad
song ; And let all liis saints in full concert join : With voices united the anthem prolong, And show forth his praises with music divine.
Hymn to the Deity. 1 GREATEST of beings, source of life,
Sov’reign of air, and earth, and sea! All nature feels thy pow'r, and all
A silent, homage pay to thee. 2 Wak'd by thy hand, the morning sun
Pours forth to thee its earlier rays, And spreads thy glories as it climbs;
While raptur'd worlds look up and praise. 3 The moon to the deep shades of night
Speaks the mild lustre of thy name; While all the stars that cheer the scene
Thee, the great Lord of light, proclaim. 4 And groves, and vales, and rocks, and hills,
And ev'ry flower, and every tree,
Have each a grateful song for thee. 5 But man was form'd to rise to heav'n :
And, blest with reason's clearer light, He views his maker thro’ his works,
And glows with rapture at the sight. 6 Nor can the thousand songs that rise,
Whether from air, or earth, or sea, So well repeat Jehovah's praise,
Or raise such sacred harmony.
The same subject. 1 GREATEST of beings, source of life,
Sov’reign of air, of earth, and sea!
All nature feels thy pow'r; but man
A grateful tribute pays to thee. 2 Subject to wants, to thee he looks,
And from thy goodness seeks supplies : And when opprest with guilt he mourns,
Thy mercy lifts bim to the skies. 3 Children, whose little minds, unform’d,
Ne'er rais'd a tender thought to heav'n ; And men, whom reason lifts to God,
Tho' oft by passion downward driv'n: 4 Those too, who bend with age
care, And faint and tremble near the tomb ; Who, sick’ning at the present scenes,
Sigh for that better state to come :$ All, great Creator! all are thine ;
All feel thy providential care ; And thro' each varying scene of life
Alike thy constant pity share. 6 And whether grief oppress the heart,
Or whether joy elate the breast; Or life still keep its little course,
Or death invite the heart to rest : 7 All are thy messengers, and all
Thy sacred pleasure, Lord, obey : And all are training man to dwell Nearer to bliss, and nearer thee. 27. H. M.
Graleful praise.. 1 To your creator God,
Your great preserver, raise,
Ye creatures of his hand,
Let every voice
And loud rejoice. 2 Thou source of light and heat,
Bright soy’reign of the day,
Who made thee bright. 3 Fair regent of the night,
With all thy starry train,
With countless rays
Reflect his praise.
To celebrate his name,
Let nature raise
Of grateful praise. 5 But oh! from human tongues
Should nobler praises flow;
1 High in the heavens, eternal God,
Thy goodness in full glory shines; Thy truth shall break through ev'ry cloud
Which veils and darkens thy designs. 2 Thy justice like the hills remains,
Unfathom’d depths thy mercies are ;
All that thou'st form’d, are still thy care. 3 Since of thy goodness all partake,
With what assurance may the just Thy shelt'ring wings their refuge make,
And saints to thy protection trust.
To banquet on thy love's repast,
Of joys which shall forever last. 5 O let thy saints thy favour gain,
To upright hearts thy truth display,
Whose presence is eternal day.