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O D E on the Glories of the-Heavens. Addison.

I . ,Æ VHE spacious Firmament on high,
1 With all the blue ætherial Sky,
And Ipangled Heavens, a shining Frame,
Their great Original proclaim:
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.

2. Soon as the Evening Shades prevail,
.The Moon takes up tht wond'rous Tale,
And nightly to the list'ning Earth
Repeats the Story of her Birth:
Whilst all the Stars that round her burn,
And all the Planets in their Turn,
Consirm the ^Tidings as they roll,
And spread the Truth from Pole to Pole.

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3. What though, in solemn Silence, all
Move round the dark terrestrial Ball!
What though nor real Voice nor Sound
Amid their radiant Orbs be sound!
In Reason's Ear they all rejoice,
And utter sorth a glorious Voice,
For ever singing as they shine,
*' The Hand that made us is Divine."

DAVID'S Pastoral HTMN on Providence.

Addison,

I- ^Tf^HE Lord my Pasture shall prepare,
X And seed 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 Mid-night Hours desend.

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z. When in the sultry Glebe I faint,
Or on the thirsty Mountains pant;
To sertile Vales, and dewy Meads,
My weary wand'ring Steps he leads;
Where peaceful Rivers, soft and flow,
Amid the verdant Landskip flow.

3. Tho' in the Paths of Death I tread,
With gloomy Horrors overspread,
My stedfast Heart shall sear no 111,
For thou, O Lor D, art with me still;
Thy friendly Crook shall give me Aid,
And guide me through the dreadful Shade.

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;.. Tho' in a bare and rugged Way,
Through devious lonely Wilds I stray,
Thy Bounty shall my Pains beguile:
The barren Wilderness shall smile,
With sudden Greens and Herbage crown'd,
And Streams shall murmur all around.

HYMN on Gratitude. Addison.

I. T T 7 HEN all thy Mercies, O my God!
V V My rising Soul surveys;
Transported with the View, I'm lost
In Wonder, Love, and Praise:

2. O 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 Lise 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're yet my seeble Thoughts had learnt
To sorm themselves in Pray'r.

5. Unnumber'd Comsorts to my Soul.

Thy tender Care bestow'd,
Besore my infant Heart cohceiv'd
From whom those Comsorts flow'd.

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6. When in the flipp'ry Paths of Youth

With heedless Steps I ran,
Thine Arm unseen convey'd me fase,
And led me up to Man.

7. Through hidden Dangers, Toils, and Deaths,

It gently clear'd my Way,
And through the pleasing Snares of Vice,
More to be sear'd than they.

8. When worn with Sickness, oft hast thou

With Healilurenew'd my Face;
And when in Sms and Sorrow funk,
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 thoufand thoufand precious Gifts

My daily Thanks employ;
Nor is the least a cheerful Heart,
That tastes those Gists with Joy.

11. Through every Period of my Lise

Thy Goodness I'll pursue;
And aster Death in distant Worlds
The glorious Theme renew.

1 z. When Nature fails, and Day and Night
Divide thy Works no more,
My ever-grateful Heart, O Lord,
Thy Mercy shall adore.-

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