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3 It robes in cheerful green the ground, And pours its flow'ry beauties round,
Whose sweets perfume the gale; Its bounties richly spread the plain, The blushing fruit, the golden grain,
And smiles on ev'ry vale. 4 But in thy gospel see it shine With grace and glories more divine,
Proclaiming sins forgiv'n; There, faith, bright cherub, points the way To realms of everlasting day,
And opens all her heav'n.
Apd ardent gratitude:
My soul's eternal good.
Praise to God in prosperity and adversity. Hab. iii.
For the love that crowns our days :
Let thy praise our tongues employ : 2 For the blessings of the field,
For the stores the gardens yield ;
3 Flocks that whiten all the plain,
Yellow sheaves of ripen'd grain,
Suns that temp’rate warmth diffuse ; 4 All that spring with bounteous hand
Scatters o'er the smiling land ;
From her rich o’erflowing stores ; 5 These to thee, our God! we owe,
Source whence all our blessings flow!
Grateful vows and solemn praise. 6 Yet should rising whirlwinds tear
From its stem the rip’ning ear;
And the rising year destroy:
Grateful vows and solemn praise ;
DordriDGE. Praise to God through the whole of our existence. 1 God of my life! through all its days
My grateful pow’rs shall sound thy praise; The song shall wake with op'ning light, And warble to the silent night.
2 When anxious cares would break my rest,
And griefs would tear my throbbing breast,
Shall check the murmur and the sigh. 3 When death o'er nature shall prevail, *
And all its pow'rs of language fail,
And mean the thanks I cannot speak.
Which breaks the slumbers of the tomb,
To join the music of the skies !
Which echo o'er the heavenly plains;
The glowing seraphs round thy throne. 6 Praise shall employ my nobler pow'rs,
While immortality endures :'
The righteous prayer.
But not for golden stores ;
On the rich eastern shores : 2 Nor that deluding, empty joy
Men call a mighty name ;
My restless thoughts inflame:
3 Nor pleasure's fascinating charms,
My fond desires allure ;
My wishes would secure.
My best affections move; Thy light, thy favour, and thy smiles,
Thine everlasting love : 5 These are the blessings I desire ;
LORD, be these blessings minem And all the glories of the world
I cheerfully resign.
Of life the only spring !
Supreme, eternal king : 2 Drive from the confines of my heart
Impenitence and pride;
With thoughtless sinners glide. 3 What'er thine all discerning eye
Sees for thy creature fit,
Contentedly submit. 4 With gen'rous pleasure let me view
The prosp'rous and the great;
And odious self-conceit.
5 Let not despair, nor fell revenge,
Be to my bosom known :
And patience for my own.
I ask not wealth nor fame :
A heart to bless thy name.
Without remorse or care ;
For life's last hour prepare.
8 & 6s. M.
Heavenly wisdom sought. 1 To thee, supreme, eternal mind, All-wise, all-perfect, ever kind,
My thoughts direct their flight; Wisdom's thy gift, and all her force From thee deriv'd, unchanging source,
Of intellectual light. 2 To me her better gifts impart, Each moral beauty of the heart
By studious thought refind; For wealth, the smiles of glad content, For power, its amplest, best extent,
An empire o'er the mind. 3 O send her sure, her steady ray To regulate my doubtful way
Thre' life's perplexing road;