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2 Earth's wide extended, varying scenes,
AX smiling round, thy bounty show;
Thy rich diffusive blessings flow.
Which thy indulgent hand prepares ;
And answers all the sower's cares,
And through the ridges gently flow,
And thy kind blessing make it grow. 5 Thy goodness crowns the circling year;
Thy paths drop fatness all around;
And echoing hills return the sound: 6 Here spreading flocks adorn the plain ;
There plenty ev'ry charm displays ;
The same. (P.M.)
How the fields and vallies smile!
2 While I view the plenteous grain,
As it ripens on the stalk,
Only crops of useless weeds. .
Hid awhile beneath the ground,
Though conceald, it was not lost,-
Have oppos'd its growth in vain. 4 Let the praise be all the Lord's,
As the benefit is our's !
5 Thus in barren hearts he sows,
Precious seeds of heavenly joy ;
209. Autumnal Hymn. (L. M.)
At first arose this beauteous frame,
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. 6 Indulgent God! from ev'ry part,
Thy plenteous blessings largely flow;
210.The Fall of the Leaf. Isaiah xxxiv. 4. (P. M.)
Dry and wither'd, to the ground:
In a sad and solemn sound :
“ When like us, he blighted fell,)
“ '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 : “ Youths, though vet no losses grieve you,
Gay in health, and many a grace ; “ Let not cloudless skies deceive you,
“ Summer gives to autumn place.
Messengers of shortest stay ;
“ Heaven and earth shall pass away.'
Man, let all thy hopes be staid ;
Bears a leaf that shall not fade.
211.We alldo fade as a Leaf. Isaiah lxiv. 6. (P. M.) 1
AN I view the pleasing season,
Now in autumn to expire ;
Great Creator, may I ever,
Know my God by nature more! 2 Will not nature's fading foliage,
Talk to me in strains divine :--
That will fix and teach the heart. 3 Let all nature's glories vanish,
Let her beauties swift decay;
212. Winter. (C. M.)
Encircling nature round,
Late gay with verdure crown'd.
And light and warmth depart,
An emblem of my heart.