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2 Thee, while the first archangel sinys,
He hides his face beneath his wings;

And ranks of shining thrones around
Fall worshipping, and spread the

ground.
3 Lord, what shall earth and ashes do ?
We would adore our Maker too ;

From sin and dust to Thee we cry,

The Great, the Holy, and the High. 4 Earth from afar has heard Thy fame, And we have learnt to lisp Thy Name;

But, O, the glories of Thy mind,

Leave all our soaring thoughts behind. 5 God is in heaven, and men below; Be short our tunes, our words be few; A sacred reverence checks our songs, And praise sits silent on our tongues.

WATTS.

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L.M. |REAT Former of this various frame,

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And bow and tremble while they praise

The Ancient of eternal days. 2 Before Thine infinite survey, Creation rose as yesterday;

And, as to-morrow, shall Thine eye
See earth and stars in ruin lie.

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3 Beyond the highest angel's sight, Thou dwellest in eternal light, Which shines with undiminished ray,

While suns and systems waste away. 4 Our days a transient period run, And change with every circling sun;

And while to lengthened years we trust,

Before the moth we sink to dust.
5 But let the creatures fall around ;
Let death consign us to the ground;

Let the last general fame arise,

And melt the arches of the skies ;-
6 Calm as the summer's ocean, we
Can all the wreck of nature see;

While grace secures us an abode
Unshaken as the throne of God.

DODDRIDGE.

C.M.

41

UR God, our help in ages past,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home :
2 Under the shadow of Thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure.
3 Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting Thou art God,

To endless years the same.
4 A thousand ages in Thy sight,

Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun.
5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.
6 Our God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard, while troubles last,

And our eternal home.

WATTS.

C.M.

42 THROUGH endless years Thou art the

same, O Thou eternal God ! Ages to come shall know Thy Name,

And spread Thy praise abroad.
2 The strong foundations of the earth

Of old by Thee were laid,
By Thee the beauteous arch of heaven

With matchless skill was made.
3 Soon shall this goodly frame of things,

Formed by Thy powerful hand, Be like a vesture laid aside,

And changed at Thy command.

4 But Thy eternal state, O Lord !

No length of time shall waste;
Thy power

and goodness, truth and grace,
From age to age shall last.
5 Thou to the children of Thy saints

Shalt endless blessings give;
They in their fathers' God shall trust,
And in Thy presence live.

TATE AND BRADY.*

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OMNIPRESENCE AND OMNISCIENCE. 43

C.M.
BEYOND, beyond that boundless sea,

Above
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 Art nigh, and yet my labouring mind

Feels after Thee in vain,
Thee in these works of power to find,

Or to Thy seat attain;
Thy messenger, the stormy wind;

Thy path, the trackless main.
3 These speak of Thee with loud acclaim ;

They thunder forth Thy praise,
The glorious honour of Thy Name,

The wonders of Thy ways;
But Thou art not in tempest-flame,
Nor in day's glorious blaze.

TI

4 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 ? 50! not in circling depth or height,

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

There doth His Spirit rest.
O come, Thou Presence infinite!
And make Thy creature blest.

J. CONDER.

L.M.

44 ATHER and Friend, Thy light, Thy

love, Beaming through all Thy works we see ; Thy glory gilds the heavens above,

And all the earth is full of Thee.

FATH

2 Thy voice we hear-Thy presence feel,

Whilst Thou, too pure for mortal sight, Involved in clouds-invisible,

Reignest the Lord of life and light. 3 We know not in what hallowed part

Of the wide heavens Thy throne may be, But this we know, that where Thou art, Strength, wisdom, goodness dwell with

Thee.

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