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Thy gifts are ev'ry ev’ning new;
Gently distil, like early dew. 2 Thou spread'st the curtain of the night,
Great Guardian of our sleeping hours ;
And quickens all our slumb'ring powers. 3 Thine arm sustain'd us while we slept,
Else had our eyelids closed in death;
And still we draw our wonted breath. 4 That life we yield to thy command ;
To Thee we consecrate our days;
PSALM IV. c. M.
Forgetful of their God,
Or shew them earthly good. 2 Through the wide compass of the earth Their restless wishes
rove, In search of honour, wealth, and mirth,
The idols of their love,
3 But oft these shadowy joys elude
Their most intense pursuit ;
There's poison in the fruit. 4 From this vain world, Lord, wean our love,
Set our affections right;
And walk no more by sight!
PSALM V. Version 1. C. M., D.
We wait for hallowing grace;
The glories of thy face.
Explores the heart within,
That clings to secret sin.
Within thy temple-gate,
With trembling hope will wait.
To humble prayer is giv'n,
PSALM V. Version 2. 1 ORD! in the morning thou shalt hear
My voice ascending high ;
2 Oft to thy house will I resort,
To praise thy goodness there; I will frequent thy holy court,
And worship in thy fear. 3 From vanity, O turn mine eyes !
Let no corrupt design, Nor any selfish wish arise,
Within this heart of mine.
In ways of truth and grace,
(From “ The Spirit of the Psalms.”*)
The tuneful lark salutes the morn,
To pay our early sacrifice !
To worship in thy sacred dome,
To pour the consecrated song.
In joyful notes that love proclaim;
These copious Extracts from The Spirit of the Psalms” are inserted by the liberal permission of the Editor of that very pleasing and valuable Volumo.
PSALM VIII. Version 1. 1 ETERNAL God ! thro' earth's wide frame
How vast Thy pow'r, how great ThyName! Thy reign o'er distant worlds extends,
Thy glory highest heav'n transcends. 2 When wrapt in thought, with wakeful eye
I view the wonders of the sky,
In rich magnificence hath spread3 O what is man, that in Thy care
His humble lot should find a share ?
Thus to his wants Thine ear should'st bow ? 4 Made subject to his rule by Thee,
To him all nature bends the knee :
(From “ The Spirit of the Psalms.") I JEHOVAH, Lord of power and might,
How glorious is Thy Name ! The blaze of day, the pomp
Thy Majesty proclaim. 2 Lord ! what is man—lost, fallen man
That he Thy care should prove, That Thou for him should'st deign to plan
Such mighty acts of love !