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1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. 16 Divine instructor, gracious Lord,

Be thou for ever near ;
HYMN 1. (C.M.)

Teach me to love thy sacred word,

with wonder and with And view my Saviour there.
On all thy works I look; [praise
But stili thy wisdom, power, and grace,
Shine brightest in thy book.

II. CREATION. 2 The stars, that in their courses roll, HYMN 3.

(C. M.) Have much instruction given ; But thy good word informs my soul GREAT first of beings! mighty Lord How I may soar to heaven.


Produc'd by thy creating word, 3 The fields provide me food, and show

The world from nothing came
The goodness of the Lord ;
But fruits of life and glory grow

2 Thy voice sent forth the high comIn thy most holy word.

'Twas instantly obey'd ; (mand, 4 ilere are iny choicest treasures hid ;

And through thy goodness all things

stand, Here my best comfort lies; Here my desires are satisfied,

Which by thy power were made. And here my hopes arise

3 Lord! for thy glory shine the whole, 5 Lord, make me understand thy law, For this--in course the planets roll,

They all reflect thy light:
Show what my faults have been,

And day succeeds the night.
And from thy Gospel let me draw
Pardon for all my sin.

4 For this—the sun disperses heat 6 Here would I learn how Christ has died and distant stars, in order set,

And heams of cheering day;
To save my soul from hell;
Not all the books on earth beside,

By night thy pow'r display:
Such heavenly wonders tell. 5*For this--the earth its produce yields

For this--the waters flow; 7 Then let me love my Bible more, And take a fresh delight,

And blooming plants adorn the fields,

And trees aspiring grow.
By day to read these wonders o'er,
And meditate by night.

6 Inspir'd with praise, our minds pursue

This wise and noble end

(C. M.)

That all we think, and all we do,
ATHER of mercies ! in thy word

Shall to thine honour tend.
What endless glory shines !
For ever be thy name ador'd,


(C. M.) For these celestial lines.

Gencsis i. 2 Here may the wretched sons of want L ET heaven arise, let earth appear,


Proclaim'd Riches above what earth can grant, The heav'n arose, the earth appear’d, And lasting as the mind.

At his creating word. 3 Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,2 But formless was the earth, and void, And yields a free repast ;

Dark, sluggish, and confus'd; Sublimer sweets than nature knows Till o'er the mass the Spirit mov'd, Invite the longing taste.

And quick’ning pow'r diffus'd. 4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice 3 Then spake the Lord Omnipotent

Spreads heavenly peace around ; The mandate, “Be there light:" And life and everlasting joys,

Light darted forth in vivid rays, Attend the blissful sound.

And scatter'd ancient night. 5 O may these heavenly pages be 4 The glorious firmament he spread, My ever dear delight;

To part the earth and sky; And still new beauties may I see,

And fix'd the upper elements And still increasing light.

Within their spheres on high,



5 He bade the seas together flow;
They left the solid land;
And herbs, and plants, and fruitful trees,
Sprung forth at his command.

6 Above, he form'd the stars; and plac'd
Two greater orbs of light;
The radiant sun to rule the day,
The moon to rule the night.

7 To all the varied living tribes

Ile gave their wondrous birth;
Some form'd within the wat'ry deep,
Some, from the teeming earth.

8 Then, chief o'er all his works below,
Man, honour'd man, was made;
His soul with God's pure image stamp'd,
With innocence array'd.

9 Completed now the mighty work,
God his creation view'd:

And, pleas'd with all that he had made,
Pronounc'd it " very good."


(II. 1.)

Psalm cxlviii.
Praise from Living Creatures.
BEGIN, my soul, th' exalted lay,
Let each enraptur'd thought obey,
And praise th' Almighty's name:
Let heaven and earth, and seas and skies,
In one melodious concert rise,

To swell th' inspiring theme.

2 Ye angels, catch the thrilling sound,
While the adoring thrones around
His boundless mercy sing;
Let ev'ry list'ning saint above
Wake all the tuneful soul of love,

And touch the sweetest string.

3 Whate'er this living world contains,
That wings the air, or treads the plains,
United praise bestow;
Ye tenants of the ocean wide,

The mighty chorus aid;

And, soon as ev'ning veils the plain,
Thou moon, prolong the hallow'd strain.
And praise him in the shade.

3 Thou heav'n of heav'ns, his vast
Proclaim the glories of thy God; [abode,
Ye worlds, declare his might;
He spake the word, and ye were made
Darkness and dismal chaos fled,
And nature sprung to light.

4 Let every element rejoice;
Ye thunders, burst with awful voice
His praise in softer notes declare,
To him who bids you roll; ;
Each whisp'ring breeze of yielding air

And breathe it to the soul.

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THE spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heav'ns, a shining frame
Their great Original proclaim.

2 Th' unwearied sun, from day to day
Does his Creator's pow'r display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty hand.
3 Soon as the ev'ning shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale
And, nightly, to the list'ning earth,
Repeats the story of her birth ;

4 Whilst all the stars that round her burn
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole
5 What though in solemn silence all
Move round this dark terrestrial ball
What though no real voice nor sound
Amidst their radiant orbs be found;

Proclaim him through the mighty tide, 6 In reason's ear they all rejoice,

And in the deeps below.

And utter forth a glorious voice,
For ever singing as they shine,

4 Let man, by nobler passions sway'd,The hand that made us is divine."

The feeling heart, the judging head,
In heavenly praise employ;
Spread HIS tremendous Name around,
While heaven's broad arch rings back


The gen'ral burst of joy. [the sound, (II. 1.). Praise from the Elements and Worlds.


Psalm cxlviii.

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Well may thy praise our lips em

TERNAL source of every joy!

While in thy temple we appear, [ploy,
To hail thee, sov'reign of the year.

E fields of light, celestial plains, 2 Wide as the wheels of nature roll, Where pure, serene effulgence Thy hand supports and guides the whole Ye scenes divinely fair, [reigns, The sun is taught by thee to rise, Your Maker's wondrous pow'r proclaim, And darkness when to veil the skies Tell how he form'd your shining frame, 3 The flow'ry spring at thy command, And breath'd the fluid air. Perfumes the air, and paints the land; The summer rays with vigour shine To raise the corn and cheer the vine

2 Join, all ye stars, the vocal choir: Thon dazzling orb of liquid fire

4 Thy hand in autumn richly pours
Through all our coasts redundant stores;
And winters, soften'd by thy care,
No more the face of horror wear.

5 Seasons, and months, and weeks, and

Demand successive songs of praise;
And be the grateful homage paid,
With morning light and ev'ning shade.
6 Here in thy house let incense rise;
And circling sabbaths bless our eyes,
Till to those lofty heights we soar,
Where days and years revolve no more.
(II. 3.)


Psalm xxiii.

HE Lord my pasture shall prepare.
And feed me with a shepherd's care;
His presence shall my wants supply,
And guard me with a watchful eye;
My noon-day walks he shall attend,
And all my midnight hours defend.
2 When in the sultry glebe I faint,
Or on the thirsty mountain pant,
To fertile vales and dewy meads
My weary wand'ring steps he leads,
Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow,
Amid the verdant landscape flow.
3 Though in the paths of death I tread,
With gloomy horrors overspread;
My steadfast heart shall fear no iĺl,
For thou, O Lord, art with me still:
Thy friendly crook shall give ine aid,
And guide me through the dreadful

17 Through hidden dangers, tolls, and
It gently clear'd my way, [deaths,
And through the pleasing snares of vice,
More to be fear'd than they.

8 When worn with sickness, oft hast thou
With health renew'd my face;
And, when in sins and scrrows sunk,
Reviv'd my soul with grace.
9 Thy bounteous hand with worldly bliss
Has made my cup run o'er;
And in a kind and faithful friend
Has doubled all my store.
10 Ten thousand thousand precious gifts
My daily thanks employ;
Nor is the least a cheerful heart,
That tastes those gifts with joy.
11 Through every period of my life
Thy goodness I'll pursue;
And after death, in distant worlds,
The glorious theme renew.


HYMN 10.

(C. M.)
WHEN all thy mercies, O my God,
My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view I'm lost
In wonder, love, and praise!

20 how shall words with equal warmth
The gratitude declare,
That glows within my ravish'd heart!
But thou canst read it there.
3 Thy providence my life sustain'd,
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
Thy mercy lent an ear,

E'er yet my feeble thoughts had learnt
To form themselves in prayer.
5 Unnumber'd comforts to my soul
Thy tender care bestow'd,
Before my infant heart conceiv'd

From whom those comforts flow'd.
6 When in the slipp'ry paths of youth
With heedless steps I ran,
Thine arin, unseen, convey'd me safe,
And led me up to man

12 When nature fails, and day and nigh
Divide thy works no more,
My ever grateful heart, O Lord,
Thy mercy shall adore.
13 Through all eternity, to thee,
A joyful song I'll raise;
But oh! eternity's too short
To utter all thy praise.

HYMN 11.

(III. 1.)

Psalm xxxi. 15.
"My times are in thy hand."
OV'REIGN Ruler of the skies,

S Ever gracious, ever wise,
All our times are in thy hand,
All events at thy command.

2 He that form'd us in the womb,
He shall guide us to the tomb;
All our ways shall ever be
Order'd by his wise decree.

3 Times of sickness, times of health,
Blighting want, and cheerful wealth,
All our pleasures, all our pains,
Come, and end, as God ordains.
4 May we always own thy hand,
Still to thee surrender'd stand,
Know that thou art God alone,
We and ours are all thy own!
HYMN 12.
(C. M.)
OD moves in a mysterious way

is wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

2 Deep in unfathomable mines,
With never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,"
And works his gracious will.
3 Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take
The clouds ye so much dread

Are big with mercy, and shall break 5 And lo! the Son of God is slain lu blessings on your head.

To be this Mediator crown'd: 4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

In Him, my soul, be cleans'd from stain, But trust him for his grace :

In Him thy righteousness be found ! Behind a frowning providence


(L.M.) He hides a smiling face.

ALL glorious God, what hymns of 5 His purposes will ripen fast,

praise Unfoiding every hour:

Shall our transported voices raise ! The bud inay have a bitter taste What ardent love and zeal are due,

But sweet will be the flower. While heaven stands open to our view! 6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,

2 Once we were fall'n, and O how low! And scan his work in vain :

Just on the brink of endless wo; God is his own interpreter,

When Jesus, from the realms above, And he will make it plain.

Borne on the wings of boundless love.

3 Scatter'd the shades of death and nighs, IV, REDEMPTION.

And spread around his heavenly light! HYMN 13.

(S. M.) By him what wondrous grace is shown Job ix. 2-6.

To souls impoverish'd and undone!

4 He shows, beyond these mortal shores, AH Be just before his God!

A bright inheritance as ours; If he contend in righteousness,

Where saints in light our coming wait, We sink beneath his rod.

To share their holy, happy state! 2 If he our ways should mark

HYMN 16.

(C.M.) With strict inquiring eyes,

sound Could we for one of thousand faults Glad tidings to our ears, A just excuse devise?

A sov'reign balm for every wound, 3 All-seeing, pow'rful God!

A cordial for our fears.
Who can with thee contend? 2 Salvation ! buried once in sin,
Or who that tries th' unequal strife,

At hell's dark door we lay;
Shall prosper in the end ?

But now we rise by grace divine, 4 The mountains, in thy wrath,

And see a heavenly day. Their ancient seats 'forsake!

3 Salvation ! let the echo fly The treinbling earth deserts her place, The spacious earth around Her rooted pillars shake !

While all the armies of the sky 5 Ah, how shall guilty man

Conspire to raise the sound. Contend with such a God?

4 Salvation ! O thou bleeding Lamb, None, none can meet him, and escape, To Thee the praise belongs:

But through the Saviour's blood, Our hearts shall kindle at thy name, HYMN 14.

(L. M.)

Thy name inspire our songs.
Job ix. 30-33.

Chorus, for the end of each verse

Glory, honour, praise, and power, THOUGH, I should seek to wash me

Be unto the Lamb for ever! In water of the driven snow,

Jesus Christ is our Redeemer! My soul would yet its spot retain,

Hallelujah, praise the Lord ! And sink in conscious guilt and wo:

HYMN 17.

(C. M.) 2 The Spirit, in his pow'r divine, Would cast my vaunting soul to earth,

Towake dhe sacred song!

10 our Redeemer's glorious name: Expose the foulness of its sin, O may his love (immortal flame!)

And show the vileness of its worth. Tune every heart and tongue. 3 Ah, not like erring man is God, 2 His love, what mortal thouglit can

That men to answer him should dáre; What mortal tongue display! [reach. Condemn'd, and into silence aw'd, Imagination's utmost stretch

They helpless stand before his bár. In wonder dies away. 4 There, must a Mediator plead, 3 He left his radiant throne on high,

Who, God and man, may both em- Left the bright realms of bliss, With God, for man to intercede, [brace; And came to earth to bleed and die !

And offer man the purchas'd grace. Was ever love like this.

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4 Dear Lord, while we adoring pay 13 Can aught beneath a power divine Our humble thanks to thee,

The stubborn will subdue ? May every heart with rapture say, "Tis thine, Almighty Saviour, thine "The Saviour died for me."

To form the heart anew. 5 O may the sweet, the blissful theme 4 Tis thine the passions to recall, Fill every heart and tongue;

And upwards bid them rise; Till strangers love thy charming name, And make the scales of error fall And join the sacred song.

From reason's darken'd eyes. HYMN 18.

(III. 3.)

5 To chase the shades of death away,

And bid the sinner live; SA

AVIOUR, source of every blessing, A beam of heaven, a vital ray,

Tune my heart to grateful lays; 'Tis thine alone to give. Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for ceaseless songs of praise. 6 O change these wretched hearts of

And give them life divine ! [ours, 2 Teach me some melodious measure, Then shall our passions and our powers, Sung by raptur'd saints above;

Almighty Lord, be thine.
Fill my soul with sacred pleasure,
While I sing redeeming love.


(C. M.) 3 Thou didst seek me when a stranger, FATHER, to thee my soul I lin,

On thee my hope depends, Wand'ring from the fold of God;

Convinc'd that every perfect gift Thou, to save my soul from danger,

From thee alone descends. Didst redeem me with thy blood. 4 By thy hand restor’d, defended,

2 Mercy and grace are thine alone, Safe through life thus far I'm come;

And pow'r and wisdom too;

Without the Spirit of thy Son Safe, O Lord, when life is ended,

We nothing good can do. Bring me to my heavenly home.

3 Thou all our works in us hast wrought, HYMN 19.

(C. M.) Our good is all divine; Titus iii. 4-7.

The praise of every holy thought

And righteous word is thine. My grateful soul, for ever praise, his ,

4 From thee, through Jesus, we receive Who turn’d thee from the fatal paths The pow'r on thee to call, Cí folly, sin, and shame

In whom we are, and move, and live:: 2 Vain and presumptuous is the trust

Our God is all in all,
Which in our works we place;

HYMN 22. (III. 1.)
Salvation from a higher source
Flows to our fallen race.

Who, from yon bright throne above, 3 'Tis from the love of God through Ever watchful o'er our race,

That all our hopes begin; (Christ, Still to man extends his grace. His mercy sav'd our souls from death,

2 Heav'n and earth by him were made, And wash'd us from our sin.

All is by his sceptre sway'd;
4 His Spirit, through the Saviour shed, What are we that he should show
His sacred fire imparts,

So much love to us below?
Removes our dross, and love divine
Enkindles in our hearts.

3 God, the merciful and good,

Bought us with the Saviour's blood i 5 Thuš rais’d from death, we live anew; And, to make our safety sure, And, justifi'd by grace,

Guides us by his Spirit pure. We hope in glory to appear,

14 Sing, my soul, adore his name; And see our Father's face.

Let his glory be thy theme:
HYMN 20. (C. M.)

Praise him till he calls thee home,

Trust his love for all to come.
TOW helpless guilty nature lies,
Unconscious of its load!

HYMN 23.

(S. M.) The heart unchang'd can never rise GRACE! 'tis a charming sound!

To happiness and God. 2 The will perverse, the passions blind, Ileaven with the echo shall resound, In paths of ruin stray:

And all the earth shall hear. Recii dehas'd can never find

2 Grace first contriv'd a way The case, the narrow way

To save rebellious man,


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