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4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense Through earth's extent display; Whose bright contents the circling sun Does round the world convey.

5 No bridegroom, for his nuptials dressed, Has such a cheerful face;

No giant does like him rejoice
To run his glorious race.

6 From east to west, from west to east,
His restless course he
goes;

And, through his progress, cheerful light
And vital warmth bestows.

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The Heavens declare the Glory of God. Ps. 19. 1 THE spacious firmament on high, With all the blue, ethereal sky,

And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
The unwearied sun, from day to day,
Doth his Creator's power display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an almighty hand.

ADDISON.

2 Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth;
Whilst all the stars which round her burn,
And all the planets, in their turn,
Confirm the tidings, as they roll,
And spread the truth from pole to pole.

3 What though, in solemn silence, all
Move round this dark, terrestrial ball;
What though no real voice nor sound
Amidst their radiant orbs be found; -
In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
Forever singing, as they shine,
"The hand that made us is divine."

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Ps. 19.

1 TURN to the stars of heaven thine eyes, And God shall meet thee there;

Exalt thy vision to the skies,

His glory they declare;

Day speaks to day, night teaches night,
The wonders of their frame,

And all in harmony unite
Their Maker to proclaim.

J. Q. ADAMS.

2 Earth has no language, man no speech,
But gives their voice a tongue;

Their words the world's foundations reach;
Their hymn in heaven is sung;
Pavilioned there in glory bright,
As from a blooming bride,

The sun comes forth in floods of light,
With all a bridegroom's pride.

3 Glad, like a giant for the race, His orient flame ascends,

Soars through the boundless realms of space, And in the west descends;

His heat the vital lamp bestows,
The firmament pervades,
In ocean's darkest caverns glows,
And earth's profoundest shades.

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WATTS.

The Glory of God in Creation and Providence. Ps. 104.

1 MY soul, thy great Creator praise;
When, clothed in his celestial rays,
He in full majesty appears,
And like a robe his glory wears.

2 The heavens are for his curtains spread;
The unfathomed deep he makes his bed;
Clouds are his chariot when he flies,
On winged storms, across the skies.

3 The world's foundations by his hand
Are poised, and shall forever stand;
He binds the ocean in his chain,
Lest it should drown the earth again.

4 The swelling billows know their bound,
And in their channels walk their round;
Yet, thence conveyed by secret veins,
They spring on hills, and drench the plains.

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The Same. Ps. 104.

1 GOD from his cloudy cistern pours
On the parched earth enriching showers;
The grove, the garden, and the field,
A thousand joyful blessings yield.

WATTS.

2 What noble fruit the vines produce!
The olive yields a shining juice:
Our hearts are cheered with generous wine;
With inward joy our faces shine.
3 He sets the sun his circling race,

Appoints the moon to change her face;
And, when thick darkness veils the day,
Calls out wild beasts to hunt their prey.
4 Fierce lions lead their young abroad,

And, roaring, ask their meat from God;
But when the morning beams arise,
The savage beast to covert flies.
5 Then man to daily labor goes;

The night was made for his repose;
Sleep is thy gift, that sweet relief
From tiresome toil and wasting grief.

6 How strange thy works! how great thy skill! And every land thy riches fill;

Thy wisdom round the world we see ;
This spacious earth is full of thee.

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The Same. Ps. 104.

1 VAST are thy works, Almighty Lord;
All nature rests upon thy word;
And the whole race of creatures stands,
Waiting their portion from thy hands.

WATTS.

2 But when thy face is hid, they mourn,
And, dying, to their dust return;
Both man and beast their souls resign:
Life, breath, and spirit, all are thine.

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3 Yet thou canst breathe on dust again,
And fill the world with beasts and men;
A word of thy creating breath
Repairs the wastes of time and death.

4 His works, the wonders of his might,
Are honored with his own delight;
How awful are his glorious ways!
The Lord is dreadful in his praise.

5 In thee my hopes and wishes meet,
And make my meditations sweet;
Thy praises shall my breath employ,
Till it expire in endless joy.

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Ps. 104.

J. Q. ADAMS

1 O LORD my God! how great art thou! With honor and with glory crowned; Light's dazzling splendors veil thy brow, And gird the universe around.

2 Spirits and angels thou hast made;
Thy ministers a flaming fire;

By thee were earth's foundations laid;
At thy rebuke the floods retire.

3 Thine are the fountains of the deep; By thee their waters swell or fail; Up to the mountain's summit creep,

Or shrink beneath the lowly vale.

4 Thy fingers mark their utmost bound; That bound the waters may not pass; Their moisture swells the teeming ground, And paints the valleys o'er with grass.

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