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2 Far be thine honor spread,
And long thy praise endure,
Till morning light and evening shade
Shall be exchanged no more.

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Universal Praise.

1 PRAISE to thee, thou great Creator!
Praise to thee from every tongue ;
Join, my soul, with every creature,
Join the universal song.

2 For ten thousand blessings given, For the hope of future joy,

FAWCETT.

Sound his praise through earth and heaven ̧ Sound Jehovah's praise on high.

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SECTION II.

PERFECTIONS OF GOD CELEBRATED.

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The God of Nature invoked.

1 HAIL, great Creator, wise and good;
To thee our songs we raise;
Nature, through all her various scenes,
Invites us to thy praise.

GENTLEMAN'S MAG.

2 At morning, noon, and evening mild,
Fresh wonders strike our view;
And while we gaze, our hearts exult
With transports ever new.

3 Thy glory beams in every star

Which gilds the gloom of night, And decks the smiling face of morn With rays of cheerful light.

4 The lofty hill, the humble vale,
With countless beauties shine;
The silent grove, the awful shade,
Proclaim thy power divine.

5 Great nature's God! still may these scenes Our serious hours engage;

Still may our grateful hearts consult

Thy works' instructive page.

6 And while, in all thy wondrous works,
Thy varied love we see,
Still may the contemplation lead
Our hearts, O God, to thee.

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God known by his Works.

1 GREAT is our God; his works of might
To praise his glorious name unite;
Heaven, earth, and sea, confess his hand,
And wait, obedient, his command.

LIVERPOOL COL.

2 His hand, unseen, sustains the poles,
On which the vast creation rolls;
The starry skies proclaim his power;
His pencil glows in every flower.

3 Across the waves, around the sky,
There's not a place, or deep or high,
Where the Creator has not trod,
And left the footsteps of a God.

4 O, may the sons of men record

The various goodness of the Lord;
How vast his works, how kind his ways,
And every tongue pronounce his praise!

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KEBLE.

"The invisible things of Him, clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made."

1 THERE is a book, who runs may read,
Which heavenly truth imparts,

And all the lore its scholars need,

Pure eyes and Christian hearts.

2 The works of God above, below,
Within us, and around,

Are pages in that book, to show
How God himself is found.

3 The glorious sky, embracing all,
Is like the Maker's love,
Wherewith encompassed, great and small
In peace and order move.

4 The dew of heaven is like thy grace; It steals in silence down;

But where it lights, the favored place
By richest fruits is known.

5 One name, above all glorious names,
With its ten thousand tongues,
The everlasting sea proclaims,
Echoing angelic songs.

6 The raging fire, the roaring wind,
Thy boundless power display;
But in the gentler breeze we find
Thy Spirit's viewless way.

7 Thou, who hast given me eyes to see And love this sight so fair,

Give me a heart to find out thee,

And read thee every where.

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The Voice of Nature.

1 THERE is a God, all nature speaks,

Through earth, and air, and seas, and skies; See, from the clouds his glory breaks,

When the first beams of morning rise.

MRS. STEELE.

2 The rising sun, serenely bright,

O'er the wide world's extended frame, Inscribes, in characters of light,

His mighty Maker's glorious name.

3 For man and beast, here daily food
In wide, diffusive plenty grows;
And there, for drink, the crystal flood
In streams sweet winding gently flows.

4 The flowery tribes all blooming rise
Above the faint attempts of art;
Their bright, inimitable dyes

Speak sweet conviction to the heart.
5 Ye curious minds, who roam abroad,
And trace creation's wonders o'er,
Confess the footsteps of the God,
And bow before him, and adore.

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The Voice of Nature. Ps. 19.

1 THE heavens declare thy glory, Lord,
Which that alone can fill;
The firmament and stars express
Their great Creator's skill.

TATE & BRADY.

2 The dawn of each returning day

Fresh beams of knowledge brings;
And from the dark returns of night
Divine instruction springs.

3 Their powerful language to no realm
Or region is confined;

"Tis nature's voice, and understood
Alike by all mankind.

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