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3 He will present our souls,
Unblemish'd and complete,
With joys divinely great.
Shall meet around the throne;
And make his wonders known.
[s. B. 164.]
PRAISE to the Lord of boundless might,
The unchanging Source of light and love. 2 Our rising world his eye beheld,
When in substantial darkness veil'd; ;
Lay buried in the horrid gloom.
And light o'er all the earth was spread; Nature array'd in charms unknown,
Gay with its new-born lustre shone. 4 He sees the mind, when lost it lies
In shades of ignorance and vice;
And changes midnight into day.
On this benighted soul of mine:
As in the Saviour's face beheld.
The radiant image shall display;
Of thy indulgence, love, and
Appear to hymn their Maker's praise;
To thee a general chorus raise.
Be mute 'midst nature's loud acclaim?
Breathe forth in praise thy holy name. 4 And nature's debt is small to mine;
Thou bad’st her being bounded be;
Thou gav'st immortal life to me.
A ransom for my soul to give;
And stoop'd to die that I might live.
No mortal tongue can e'er express;
4 lines 8 & 2-6. BEGIN, my soul, the exalted lay; Let each enraptured thought obey,
And praise the Almighty's name: Lo! heaven, and earth, and seas, and skies, In one melodious concert rise,
To swell the inspiring theme. 2 Ye angels, catch the joyful sound, While
all the adoring throngs around His wondrous mercy sing;
Let every listening saint above
And touch the sweetest string.
Ye thunders, speak his power:
The astonish'd worlds adore.
To join the thunders of the skies;
Praise him who bids you roll:
And breathe it to the soul.
Harmonious anthems raise
And tuned your voice to praise.
In heavenly praise employ: Spread the Creator's name around, Till heaven's broad arch ring back the sound,
The general burst of joy.
[L. B. 225.] L. M. FATHER of all, whose powerful voice Call'd forth this universal frame; Whose mercies over all rejoice, Through endless ages still the same.
2 Thou by thy word upholdest all;
Thy bounteous love to all is show'd:
And fillest every mouth with good. 3 In heaven thou reign'st, enthroned in light,
Nature's expanse beneath thee spread:
And hell's deep gloom are open laid.
Prostrate before thy face we fall;
And hail thee sovereign Lord of all.
That move in earth, or air, or sky;
Tremble before thy piercing eye:
In praise your every hour employ:
[s. B. 254.] P. M.
Who reigns enthroned above,
And God of love!
By earth and heaven confess'd:
For ever bless'd.
At whose supreme command,
At his right hand:
And him my only portion make,
My shield and tower.
Whose all-sufficient grace
In all his ways:
He calls himself my God;
Through Jesus' blood. 4 He by himself hath sworn;
I on his oath depend;
To heaven ascend:
I shall his power adore;
PRAISE: TO THE SON.
[L. B. 187.] 2 lines 6 & 4-7. Arise, my soul, arise:
Thy Saviour's sacrifice
Thee, my soul, his own to make. 2 Hail! everlasting Lord,
Divine, incarnate Word!