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209. Autumnal Hymn. (L. M.)
REAT God! at whose all pow'rful ci
At first arose this beauteous frame, Thou bidd'st the seasons change, and all
The changing seasons speak thy name.
From winter-storms recover'd, rise ;
Fresh op’ning to our wond'ring eyes.
The earth in vernal beauty drest!
Thy blooming glories stand confest!
And light and genial heat conveys :
From thee derives his quick’ning rays.
Spring the rich grain, or purpled vine ;
The strength’ning bread, or cheering wine.
we taste, - let ev'ry heart, With grateful love and duty glow.
10. The Fall of the Leaf. Isaiah xxxiv. 4. (P. M.) I SEE the leaves around us falling,
, Dry and wither'd, to the : Thus to thoughtless mortals calling,
In a sad and solemn sound : “Sons of Adam, (once in Eden, “When like us, he blighted fell,) Hear the lecture we are reading,
" "Tis, alas, the truth we tell. 2 " Virgins, much,—too much presuming, On your
boasted white and red ; “ View us late in beauty blooming, ,
Number'd now among the dead :
“ Summer gives to autumn place. 3“ Yearly in our course returning,
“Messengers of shortest stay; Thus we preach this truth concerning. “Heaven and earth shall pass away.' On the tree of life eternal,
Man, let all thy hopes be staid ; Which alone for ever vernal,
Bears a leaf that shall not fade. 11. We all do fade as a Leaf. Isaiah lxiv. 6. (P. M.) 1 CAN I view the pleasing season,
Now in autumn to expire ; And not find another reason, Works so glorious to admire !
Great Creator, may I ever,
Know my God by nature more ! 2 Will not nature's fading foliage,
Talk to me in strains divine :
truths be ever traced, That will fix and teach the heart. 3 Let all nature's glories vanish,
Let her beauties swift decay;
Winter. (C. M.) 1 STERN winter tbrows his icy chains, STEI
Encircling nature round,
Late gay with verdure crown'd.
And light and warmth depart,
An emblem of my heart.
3 But if my soul's bright sun impart
His all enlivening smile,
Till then a frozen soil.
Renew'd to lively bloom,
Their humble sweet perfume.
Thy soul-reviving ray;
This darkness, cheerful day.
Where changeful seasons roll,
And winter pain my soul.
Where spring eternal reigns,
Fills all the heavenly plains.
The same. (L. M.)
Has stript the trees, and seal'd the ground!
3 Jesus, my glorious sun, arise !
'Tis thine the frozen heart to move;
And let me feel thy vital love!
I faint and droop till thou appear;
Must it be winter all the year?
With humble prayer, and patient faith ;
Repose on what his promise saith.
Seasons their changing course maintain,
That none shall seek his face in vain. 214. Jesus seen in the Seasons ; or, I will praise tu
Lord at all Times. (P. M.) 1 WIN
TINTER has a joy for me,
While the Saviour's charms I read, Lowly, meek, from blemish free,
In the snow-drop's pensive head. 2 Spring returns, and brings along
Life-invigorating suns :
Seems to speak his dying groans ! 3 Summer has a thousand charms,
All expressive of his worth ;