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4 O Lord, in all our ways we'll own
Thy providential power,
51. L.M.- Providential bounties surveyed and improved. Matt. v. 45. 1 FATHER of lights, we sing thy name,
Who kindlest up the lamp of day;
His beams thy power and love display. 2 Fountain of good, from thee proceed
The copious drops of genial rain,
Revive the grass, and swell the grain. 3 Through the wide world thy bounties spread;
Yet millions of our guilty race,
Affront thy law, and spurn thy grace. 4 Not so may our forgetful hearts
O'erlook the tokens of thy care;
Still own in praise, still ask in prayer. 5 So shall our suns more grateful shine,
And showers in sweeter drops shall fall,
And thou, our God, enjoy'd in all. 6 Jesus, our brighter sun, arise;
In plenteous showers thy Spirit send;
The air, the earth, the sea;
And cherubs live by thee.
2 Rich in thy own essential store;
Thou call'st forth worlds at will; Ten thousand and ten thousand more
Would hear thy summons still. 3 What treasure wilt thou then confess,
And thy own portion call? What by peculiar right possess,
Imperial Lord of all. 4 Thine Israel thou wilt stoop to claim,
Wilt mark them out for thine; Ten thousand praises to thy name
For goodness so divine! 5 That I am thine, my soul would boast,
And boast its claim to thee: Nor shall God's property be lost,
Nor God be torn from me.
Deut. xxxiii. 27.
And calls our souls to shelter there, Wonders of mingled power
grace To all his Israel he displays,
Guarded from danger and from fear. 2 Thither my feeble soul shall fly When terrors press, and death is nigh,
And there will I delight to dwell: On that high tower I rear my head Serene, nor knows my heart to dread,
Amidst surrounding hosts of hell. 3 The shadow of the Almighty's wings Composure unmolested brings,
While threatening horrors round me crowd; In vain the storms of rattling hail The walls of this retreat assail,
And the wide tempest roars aloud.
4 In louder strains my fearless tongue
My Father's graces to proclaim;
And joys eternal as his name.
C.M.- The Traveller's Hymn.
How sure is their defence!
Their help Omnipotence.
Supported by thy care,
And breath'd in tainted air.
How, with affrighted eyes,
In all its horrors rise.
And fear in every heart;
O’ercame the pilot’s art.
Thy mercy set me free;
prayer, My soul took hold on thee. 6 For though in dreadful whirls we hung,
High on the broken wave,
Nor impotent to save.
Obedient to thy will;
At thy command was still.
8 In midst of dangers, fears, and death,
Thy goodness I'll adore;
And humbly hope for more
Thy sacrifice shall be;
Shall join my soul to thee.
His wonders to perform,
And rides upon the storm. 2 Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
And works his sovereign will.
In blessings on your head.
But trust him for his grace;
He hides a smiling face.
Unfolding every hour;
But sweet will be the flower. 6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain; God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.
56. L.M.-God leading his people through fire and water.
Isa. xliii. 1, 2.
And praise his great redeeming King;
Let Israel loud his God proclaim.
And gently wipes our falling tears,
And bids the feeble heart be strong. 3 Then let the rivers swell around,
And rising floods o'erflow the ground;
And homage pay to Israel's guide.
And flaming terrors bar their way,
And makes the flames refreshing too. 5 The fires but on their bonds shall
Isa. xlii. 16.
Who gives the blind their sight,
A flood of sacred light.
To his divine abode,
He renders smooth and straight, And strengthens every feeble knee
To march to Zion's gate.