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4 Ye planets, to his honor shine,

And wheels of nature, roll;
Praise him in your unwearied course

Around the steady pole.
5 The brightness of our Maker's name

The wide creation fills,
And his unbounded grandeur flies

Beyond the heavenly hills.

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Sincere Praise.
1 ALMIGHTY Maker, God !

How wondrous is thy name ! Thy glories how diffused abroad

Through the creation's frame ! 2 Nature, in every dress,

Her humble homage pays,
And finds a thousand ways to express

Thine undissembled praise. 3 In native white and red

The rose and lily stand,
And, free from pride, their beauties spread,

To show thy skilful hand. 4 The lark mounts up the sky

With unambitious song,
And bears her Maker's praise on high

Upon her artless tongue.
5 My soul would rise and sing

To her Creator too ;
Fain would my tongue adore my King,

And pay the worship due.

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DODDRIDGE. Perpetual Praise. 1 GOD of my life! through all its days

My grateful powers shall sound thy praise ; The song shall wake with opening light,

And warble to the silent night. 2 When anxious cares would break my rest,

And griefs would tear my throbbing breast, Thy tuneful praises raised on high

Shall check the murmur and the sigh. 3 When death o'er nature shall prevail,

And all its powers of language fail,
Joy through my swimming eyes shall break,

And mean the thanks I cannot speak. 4 But, 0, when that last conflict's o'er,

And I am chained to flesh no more,
With what glad accents shall I rise

To join the music of the skies !
5 Soon shall I learn the exalted strains

Which echo o'er the heavenly plains
And emulate, with joy unknown,
The glowing seraphs round thy throne.

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DYER. Hymn to the Deity. 1 GREATEST of beings ! Source of life!

Sovereign of air, and earth, and sea! All nature feels thy power, and all

A silent homage pays to thee.

2 Waked by thy hand, the morning sun

Pours forth to thee its earlier rays,
And spreads thy glories as it climbs,

While raptured worlds look up and praise. 3 The moon to the deep shades of night

Speaks the mild lustre of thy name; While all the stars, that cheer the scene,

Thee, the great Lord of light, proclaim, 4 And groves, and vales, and rocks, and hills,

And every flower, and every tree,
Ten thousand creatures warm with life,

Have each a grateful song for thee.
But man was formed to rise to heaven;

And, blest with reason's clearer light,
He views his Maker through his works,

And glows with rapture at the sight. 6 Nor can the thousand songs that rise,

Whether from air, or earth, or sea,
So well repeat Jehovah's praise,

Or raise such sacred harmony.

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J. Q. Adams.

Ps. 47.
1 0, ALL ye people, clap your hands,

Shout unto God with holy mirth;
In fearful majesty he stands ;

He is the Monarch of the earth :
Before us nations he subdues,

And prostrates kingdoms at our feet;
For us a portion he shall choose
In favored Jacob's chosen seat.

2 God, with a shout, to heaven ascends;

Sing praises to our God and King:
Hark! the loud tempest ether rends;

Sing praises, praises, praises sing.
His power Creation's orb sustains;

Sing hymns of praise to him alone : Jehovah o'er the nations reigns ;

He sits upon his holy throne.
3 See gathering princes, men of might,

In crowds from earth's remotest shore,
With us in worship all unite,

And Abraham's God with us adore :
The shields of earth are all his own,

And, far o'er human ken sublime, Eternal pillars prop his throne,

Beyond the bounds of space and time.

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Watts. Praise for Protection, Grace, and Truth. Ps. 57. 1 MY God, in whom are all the springs

Of boundless love and grace unknown, Hide me beneath thy spreading wings

Till the dark cloud is overblown. 2 Up to the heavens I send my cry;

The Lord will my desires perform; He sends his angel from the sky,

And saves me from the threatening storm. 3 Be thou exalted, O my God!

Above the heavens, where angels dwell Thy power on earth be known abroad,

And land to land thy wonders tell.

4 My heart is fixed, my song shall raise

Immortal honors to thy name; Awake, my tongue, to sound his praise,

My tongue, the glory of my frame. 5 High o'er the earth thy mercy reigns,

And reaches to the utmost sky; His truth to endless years remains,

When lower worlds dissolve and die. 6 Be thou exalted, O my God,

Above the heavens, where angels dwell; Thy power on earth be known abroad,

And land to land thy wonders tell.

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Warts. Praise to God from all Nations. Ps. 117. 1 FROM all that dwell below the skies

Let the Creator's praise arise ;
Let the Redeemer's name be sung

Through every land, by every tongue. 2 Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;

Eternal truth attends thy word ;
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more.

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WATTS.

Ps. 117.

1 THY name, almighty Lord,

Shall sound through distant lands; Great is thy grace, and sure thy word ;

Thy truth forever stands.

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