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X. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
XV. GLORIA PATRI.
1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
1 GREAT God! with wonder and with praise On all thy works I look;
But still thy wisdom, power, and grace,
Shine brightest in thy book.
2 The stars, that in their courses roll,
Have much instruction given;
But thy good word informs my soul
How I may soar to heaven.
3 The fields provide me food, and show
The goodness of the Lord;
But fruits of life and glory grow
In thy most holy word.
4 Here are my choicest treasures hid;
Here my best comfort lies;
Here my desires are satisfied,
And here my hopes arise.
5 Lord, make me understand thy law,
Show what my faults have been,
And from thy Gospel let me draw
Pardon for all my sin.
6 Here would I learn how Christ has died
To save my soul from hell;
Not all the books on earth beside,
Such heavenly wonders tell.
7 Then let me love
my Bible more,
And take a fresh delight,
By day to read these wonders o'er,
And meditate by night.
1 FATHER of mercies! in thy word
What endless glory shines!
For ever be thy name ador'd,
For these celestial lines.
2 Here may the wretched sons of want Exhaustless riches find;
Riches above what earth can grant,
And lasting as the mind.
3 Here the fair tree of knowledge grows,
And yields a free repast;
Sublimer sweets than nature knows
Invite the longing taste.
4 Here the Redeemer's welcome voice
Spreads heavenly peace around;
And life and everlasting joys,
Attend the blissful sound.
50 may these heavenly pages be
My ever dear delight;
And still new beauties may I see,
And still increasing light.
6 Divine instructor, gracious Lord,
Be thou for ever near;
Teach me to love thy sacred word,
And view my Saviour there.
II. CREATION. ·
1 GREAT first of beings! mighty Lord
Of all this wondrous frame!
Produc'd by thy creating word,
The world from nothing came.
2 Thy voice sent forth the high command, 'Twas instantly obey'd;
And through thy goodness all things stand, Which by thy pow'r were made.
3 Lord! for thy glory-shine the whole;
They all reflect thy light:
For this-in course the planets roll,
And day succeeds the night.
4 For this the sun disperses heat
And beams of cheering day;
And distant stars, in order set,
By night thy pow'r display.
5 For this-the earth its produce yields, For this-the waters flow;
And blooming plants adorn the fields,
And trees aspiring grow.
6 Inspir'd with praise, our minds pursue This wise and noble end
That all we think, and all we do,
Shall to thine honour tend.
1 ET heaven arise, let earth appear, Proclaim'd th' Eternal Lord:
The heaven arose, the earth appear'd,
At his creating word.
2 But formless was the earth, and void,
Dark, sluggish, and confus'd;
Till o'er the mass the Spirit mov'd,
And quick'ning pow'r diffus'd.
s Then spake the Lord Omnipotent
The mandate, "Be there light:"
Light darted forth in vivid rays,
And scatter'd ancient night.
4 The glorious firmament he spread,
To part the earth and sky;
And fix'd the upper elements
Within their spheres on high.
5 He bade the seas together flow;
They left the solid land;
And herbs, and plants, and fruitful trees,
Sprung forth at his command.
6 Above, he form'd the stars; and plac'd
Two greater orbs of light;
The radiant sun to rule the day,
The moon to rule the night.
7 To all the varied living tribes
He gave their wondrous birth;
Some form'd within the wat'ry deep,
Some, from the teeming earth.
8 Then, chief o'er all his works below,
Man, honour'd man, was made;
His soul with God's pure image stamp'd,
With innocence array'd.