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God's Glory in Creation. (Gen. i. 14-16.)
CREATION. D. L. M.
THE spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
Th' unwearied sun, from day to day,
Doth his Creator's power display;
And publishes to ev'ry land
The work of an almighty hand.
Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly, to the list'ning earth,
Repeats the story of her birth:
While 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.
What though in solemn silence all . ?
Move round this dark terrestrial ball;
What though no real voice, nor sound,
Amid their radiant orbs be found;
In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth their glorious voice :
For ever singing as they shine,
“ The hand that made us is divine."
The Sabbath a Type of heavenly Rest.
(Gen. ii. 2, 3.)
ST. DUNSTAN's. L, M.
THIS is the day the Lord hath blest;
The day to us in mercy given;
The holy sabbath of his rest;
The pledge and type of rest in heaven,
May we the blest assembly join ;
To God devote this sacred da y;
Our earthly cares and thoughts resign ;
Look up to heaven, and learn the way.
May we by ev'ry sabbath grow
In grace, humility, and love;
And thus thy holy rest below
Shall fit us for thy rest above.
59. Exhortation to improve Time. (Matt. xx. 6.)
ETON. L. M.
THE God of glory walks his round,
From day to day, from year to year;
And warns us each with awful sound,
“No longer stand ye idle here.”
Ye, whose young cheeks with health are bright,
Whose hands are strong, whose hearts are clear;
Why will ye waste the morning light?
Alas! why stand ye idle here?
And ye, whose scanty locks of grey
Foretel your latest travail near;
How swiftly fades your closing day !
And stand ye yet so idle here?
O Thon, in heaven and earth ador’d,
To whom the sinner's soul is dear;
Now call us to thy vineyard, Lord,
And grant us grace to please thee there!
60. Perseverance in the christian Race.
(1 Cor. ix. 24.)
AWAKE, my soul, dismiss thy fear,
Let ev'ry trembling thought be gone;
Awake, and run the heav'nly race,
And put a cheerful courage on.
True, 'tis a strait and thorny way,
And mortal spirits tire and faint;
But they forget the mighty God,
Who keeps and strengthens ev'ry saint.
Thy grace, O Lord, a living spring,
Will all we ask or need supply;
While they, who trust to nature's strength,
Will find it false ; and faint, and die.
61. Redemption for Sinners. (Gen. iii. 6, 15.)
ST. FAITH's D. C. M.
HOW lost and helpless is our state;
Our sin, how deep its stain !
While Satan binds our captive souls
Fast in his slavish chain.
But hark! a voice of soy'reign grace
Sounds from God's holy word ;-
" Come, ye despairing sinners, come,
And rest upon the Lord.”
To the pure fountain of thy blood,
Incarnate God, we fly ;
There may we cleanse our guilty souls
From crimes of deepest dye.
Stretch forth thine arm, almighty King !
Our reigning sins subdue ;
Implant thy pow'rful grace within,
And form our souls anew.
62. God's Long-suffering in warning Sinners.
(Gen. vi. 3.)
WAREHAM. L. M.
HOW graciously the Lord invites
Unworthy sinners to repent;
And gives them time before he smites,
To flee the threaten'd punishment.
Thus, ere the flood of waters came
To overwhelm our guilty race,
He sent his servant to proclaim
The terms of pardon, and of grace.
Lord, with thy word a blessing give;
Subdue and soften ev'ry heart:
Nor only bid us turn and live,
But penitence and life impart.
Help us to use the means bestow'd ;
To hear the gracious warning given;
To turn from sin's deceitful road;
And tread the path that leads to heaven.
63. Prayer for God's Ministers. (2 Cor. xi. 23.)
BRUNSWICK. L. M.
FATHER of mercies, bow thine ear,
Attentive to our earnest prayer;
We pray for those who plead for thee;
Successful pleaders may they be.
Clothe them with energy divine,
And let the words they speak be thine:
And may our earnest heed be given,
As though we heard a voice from heaven.
Teach them to sow the heav'nly seed;
Teach them thy chosen flock to feed;
Teach them immortal souls to gain,
And thy pure gospel to maintain.
Let list’ning multitudes around
Hear from their lips the joyful sound;
In humble strains thy grace implore;
And own thy Spirit's living power.
64. For a right Reception of God's Word.
(Luke viii. 15.)
ST. DAVID's. C. M.
ALMIGHTY God, thy word is cast
Like seed upon the ground;
O let the dew of heaven descend,
And shed its influence round.
Let not the foe of Christ and man
This holy seed remove';
May it take root in ev'ry heart,
And grow in faith and love.
Let not this life's deceitful cares,
Nor worldly wealth and joy,
Nor scorching beam, nor stormy blast,
The rising plant destroy.
Where'er the word of life is sown,
A large increase bestow;
That all who hear thy message, Lord,
Its saving power may know.
65. The Mercy and Faithfulness of God. 10
(Gen. ix. 12–17.)
TRURO. L. M.
BE thou exalted, mighty God,
Above the heavens where angels dwell;
Thy power on earth be known abroad,
And land to land thy wonders tell.
The earth, the stars, and worlds unknown,
Were form’d by thine almighty word :
All things exist by thee alone;
All nature owns thee for her Lord.
In thee, O God, are all the springs
Of boundless love, and heav'nly grace;
And joyful hope thy promise brings
To ev'ry soul that seeks thy face.
Through all the earth thy mercy reigns,
And reaches to the utmost sky;
Thy truth to endless years remains,
Though time shall cease, and nature die. 66. All Nations blessed in Christ. (Gen. xii. 3.)
CHINA. L. M.
THE Lord shall reign where'er the sun
Doth his successive journeys run;
His power extend from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
People and realms of ev'ry tongue
To him shall raise the grateful song;
And Jews with Gentiles shall proclaim
The glories of Immanuel's name.
Blessings abound where'er he reigns;
The pris'ner leaps to lose his chains;
The weary find eternal rest;
And all the sons of want are blest.
Let ev'ry creature rise, and bring.
The noblest honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again;
And heaven and earth repeat the strain,