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C. M.

Almighty Power and Majesty of God.
1 The Lord our God is clothed with might;

The winds obey his will ;
He speaks, and in the heavenly height

The rolling sun stands still.
2 Rebel, ye waves, and o'er the land

With threatening aspect roar;
The Lord uplifts his awful hand,

And chains you to the shore.
3 Ye winds of night, your force combine

Without his high behest,
Ye shall not, in the mountain pine,

Disturb the sparrow's nest.
4 His voice sublime is heard afar;

In distant peals it dies;
He binds the whirlwinds to his car,

And sweeps the howling skies.
5 Ye nations, bend; in reverence bend;

Ye monarchs, wait his nod,
And bid the choral song ascend

To celebrate our God.

C. M.

God is Everywhere.
1 In all my vast concerns with thee,

In vain my soul would try
To shun thy presence, Lord, or flee

The notice of thine eye.
2 Thine all-surrounding sight surveys

My rising and my rest;
My public walks, my private ways,
And secrets of my breast.

3 My thoughts lie open to the Lord,

Before they're formed within ;
And ere my lips pronounce the word,

He knows the sense I mean.
4 0, wondrous knowledge, deep and high;

Where can a creature hide ?
Within thy circling arms I lie,

Beset on every side.
5 So let thy grace surround me still,

And like a bulwark prove,
To guard my soul from every ill,

Secured by sovereign love.


L. M.


Eternity of God.
1 ERE mountains reared their forms sublime,

Or heaven and earth in order stood,
Before the birth of ancient time,

From everlasting thou art God.

2 A thousand ages, in their flight,

With thee are as a fleeting day;
Past, present, future, to thy sight

At once their various scenes display.
3 But our brief life's a shadowy dream,

A passing thought, that soon is o'er,
That fades with morning's earliest beam,

And fills the musing mind no more.
4 To us, O Lord, the wisdom give,

Each passing moment so to spend,
That we at length with thee may live
Where life and bliss shall never end.

C. M. 61.

Where is God?
1 BEYOND, beyond that boundless sea,

Above that dome of sky,
Farther than thought itself can flee,

Thy dwelling is on high ;
Yet dear the awful thought to me,

That thou, my God, art nigh.
2 We hear thy voice when thunders roll

Through the wide fields of air ;
The waves obey thy dread control:

Yet still thou art not there.
Where shall I find Him, O my soul,

Who yet is everywhere?
3 0, not in circling depth, or height,

But in the conscious breast,
Present to faith, though veiled from sight,

There does his spirit rest.
O come, thou Presence Infinite,

And make thy creatures blest.


L. M.

WATTS The all-seeing God. 1 LORD, thou hast searched and seen me through;

Thine eye commands, with piercing view,
My rising and my resting hours,

My heart and flesh, with all their powers.
2 Within thy circling power I stand ;

every side I find thy hand : Awake, asleep, at home, abroad,

I am surrounded still with God.
3 Amazing knowledge, vast and great!

What large extent! what lofty height!
My soul, with all the powers I boast,
Is in the boundless prospect lost.

4 O may these thoughts possess my breast

Where'er I rove, where'er I rest!
Nor let my weaker passions dare
Consent to sin; for God is there.



God Good and Omniscient.
1 How precious are thy thoughts of peace.

O God ! to me,-how great the sum!
New every morn, they never cease;
They were, they are, and

In number and in compass more
Than ocean's sand, or ocean's shore.

shall come,

2 Search me, O God! and know


Try me, my secret soul survey ;
And warn thy servant to depart

From every false and evil way:
So shall thy truth my guidance be,
In life and immortality.


L. M.

Omniscience and Omnipresence.
1 FATHER of all, omniscient Mind,

Thy wisdom who can comprehend ?
Its highest point what eye can find,

Or to its lowest depths descend ? 2 If up to heaven's ethereal height,

Thy prospect to elude, I rise,
In splendor there supremely bright,

Thy presence shall my sight surprise.
3 Thee, mighty God, my wondering soul,

Thee, all her conscious powers adore
Whose being circumscribes the whole,
Whose eyes the universe explore.

4 Thine essence fills this breathing frame;

It glows in every vital part,
Lights up our souls with livelier flame,

And feeds with life each beating heart. 5 To thee, from whom our being came,

Whose smile is all the heaven we know,
Inspired with this exalted theme,

To thee our grateful strains shall flow.


C. M.

Infinity of God.
1 GREAT GOD, how infinite art thou !

How weak and frail are we !
Let the whole race of creatures bow,

And homage pay to thee.
2 Thy throne eternal ages stood,

Ěre carth or heaven was made;
Thou art the ever-living God,

Were all the nations dead.
3 Eternity, with all its years,

Stands present in thy view;
To thee there s nothing old appears,

Great God, there's nothing new.
4 Our lives through varying scenes are drawn

And vexed with trifling cares,
While thine eternal thought moves on

Thine undisturbed affairs.

S. P. M.

The Majesty of God.
1 The Lord Jehovah reigns,

And royal state maintains,
His head with awful glories crowned,

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