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God's Word most excellent. Po. 19.

1 BEHOLD, the morning sun

Begins his glorious way;
His beams through all the nations run,

And life and light convey. 2 But where the gospel comes,

It spreads diviner light;
It calls dead sinners from their tombs,

And gives the blind their sight. 3 How perfect is thy word !

And all thy judgments just !
Forever sure thy promise, Lord,

And men securely trust.

4 My gracious God, how plain

Are thy directions given !
O, may I never read in vain,

But find the path to heaven!

5 I hear thy word with love,

And I would fain obey;
Send thy good Spirit from above,

To guide me lest I stray.
6 While with my heart and tongue

I spread thy praise abroad,
Accept the worship and the song,

My Savior and my God.

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TATE & BRADY.

Ps. 19.

1 GOD'S perfect law converts the soul,

Reclaims from false desires ;
With sacred wisdom his sure word

The ignorant inspires.
2 The statutes of the Lord are just,

And bring sincere delight;
His pure commands in search of truth,

Assist the feeblest sight.
3 His perfect worship here is fixed,

On sure foundations laid;
His equal laws are in the scales

Of truth and justice weighed.
4 Of more esteem than golden mines,

Or gold refined with skill;
More sweet than honey, or the drope

That from the comb distil ;5 My trusty counsellors they are,

And friendly warnings give:
Divine rewards attend on those

Who by thy precepts live.

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CowPER.
The Light and Glory of the Word.
1 THE Spirit breathes upon the word,

And brings the truth to sight;
Precepts and promises afford

A sanctifying light.

2 A glory gilds the sacred page,

Majestic like the sun;
It gives a light to every age,

It gives, but borrows none.
3 The hand that gave it still supplies

The gracious light and heat ;
His truths upon the nations rise,

They rise, but never set.
4 Let everlasting thanks be thine,

For such a bright display,
As makes a world of darkness shine

With beams of heavenly day. 5 My soul rejoices to pursue

The steps of him I love,
Till glory break upon my view

In brighter worlds above,

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WATTS. The Holy Scriptures. 1 LADEN with guilt, and full of fears,

I fly to thee, my Lord;
And not a glimpse of hope appears,

But in thy written word.
2 This is the field where hidden lies

The pearl of price unknown;
That merchant is divinely wise

Who makes the pearl his own. 3 Here consecrated water flows

To quench my thirst of sin;
Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,

Nor danger dwells therein.

4 This is the judge that ends the strife.

Where wit and reason fail,
My guide to everlasting life,

Through all this gloomy vale.

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Warts. The Holy Scriptures. 1 GOD, who in various methods told

His mind and will to saints of old,
Sent his own Son, with truth and grace,

To teach us in these latter days.
2 Our nation reads the written word

That book of life, that sure record ;
The bright inheritance of heaven

Is by the sweet conveyance given. 3 God's kindest thoughts are here expressed,

Able to make us wise and blessed ;
The doctrines are divinely true,
Fit for reproof and comfort too.

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WATTS. The Books of Nature and Scripture compared. Ps. 19. 1 THE heavens declare thy glory, Lord;

In every star thy wisdom shines; But when our eyes behold thy word,

We read thy name in fairer lines. 2 The rolling sun, the changing light,

And nights and days, thy power confess; But the blest volume thou hast writ Reveals thy justice and thy grace.

3 Sun, moon, and stars, convey thy praise

Round the whole earth, and never stand; So, when thy truth began its race, It touched and glanced on every

land. 4 Nor shall thy spreading gospel rest,

Till through the world thy truth has run, Till Christ has all the nations blest,

That see the light or feel the sun. 5 Great Sun of righteousness, arise ;

Bless the dark world with heavenly light; Thy gospel makes the simple wise ;

Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right. 6 Thy noblest wonders here we view,

In souls renewed and sins forgiven; Lord, cleanse my sins, my soul renew,

And make thy word my guide to heaven.

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Watts. Nature and Scripture. Ps. 119. 1 LET all the heathen writers join

To form one perfect book,
Great God, if once compared with thine,

How mean their writings look!
2 Not the most perfect rules they gave

Could show one sin forgiven,
Nor lead a step beyond the grave;

But thine conduct to heaven.
3 I've seen an end of what we call

Perfection here below;
How short the powers of nature fall,

And can no farther go.

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