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4 How excellent, O Lord, thy name,

In all creation's lines :
Spread through eternity, thy fame

With rising lustre shines. 5 These lower works that swell thy praise,

High as our thoughts can tower, Are but a portion of thy ways,

The hiding of thy power. 6 Millions before thy presence stand,

Who feel, while they adore, Fulness of joy at thy right hand,

And pleasures evermore. 71

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His greatness and condescension.
LORD, our King, how excellent

Thy name on earth is known;
Thy glory in the firmament,

How wonderfully shown! 2 When I behold the heavens on high,

The work of thy right hand; The moon and stars amid the sky,

Thy lights in every land : 3 Lord! what is man that thou shouldst deign

On him to set thy love,
Give him on earth a while to reign,

Then fill a throne above?
4 O Lord, how excellent thy name;

How manifold thy ways !
Let time thy saving truth proclaim,

Eternity thy praise. 72

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His glory and majesty.
GOD, we praise thee, and confess

That thou the only Lord
And everlasting Father art,

By all the earth adored.

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2 To thee all angels cry aloud;

To thee the powers on high, Both cherubim and seraphim,

Continually do cry ;3 O holy, holy, hcly Lord,

Whom heavenly hosts obey, The world is with the glory fill'd

Of thy majestic sway. 4 The' apostles' glorious company,

And prophets crown'd with light, With all the martyrs' noble host,

Thy constant praise recite. 5 The holy Church throughout the world,

O Lord, confesses thee, That thou eternal Father art,

Of boundless majesty.

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L. M. Wisdom, majesty, goodness. DATHER of all, whose powerful voice

Calld forth this universal frame ! Whose mercies over all rejoice,

Through endless ages still the same: Thou by thy word upholdest all;

Thy bounteous love to all is show'd ; Thou hear'st thy every creature's call,

And fillest every month with good. 2 In heaven thou reign'st enthroned in light,

Nature's expanse before thee spread ; Earth, air, and sea, before thy sight,

And hell's deep gloom, are open laid : Wisdom, and might, and love, are thine ;

Prostrate before thy face we fall, Confess thine attributes divine,

And hail thee sov’reign Lord of all.

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Universul sovereignty.
HE Lord descended from above,

And bow'd the heavens most high,
And underneath his feet he cast

The darkness of the sky.
2 On cherubim and seraphim

Full royally he rode,
And on the wings of mighty winds,

Came flying all abroad.
3 He sat serene upon the floods,

Their fury to restrain;
And he, as sov'reign Lord and King,

Forever more shall reign.

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1st P. M. 6 lines 8s. Omnipotence and immutability. HEN Israel out of Egypt came,

And left the proud oppressor's land,
Supported by the great I AM,

Safe in the hollow of his hand,
The Lord in Israel reign'd alone,
And Judah was his fav'rite throne.
2 The sea beheld his power, and fled,

Disparted by the wondrous rod;
Jordan ran backward to its head,

And Sinai felt the incumbent God; The mountains skipp'd like frighten'd rams, The hills leap'd after them as lambs. 3 What aild thee, O thou trembling sea ?

What horror turn'd the river back? Was nature's God displeased with thee?

And why should hills or mountains shake ? Ye mountains huge, that skipp'd like rams ? Ye hills, that leap'd as frighten'd lambs?

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4 Earth, tremble on, with all thy sous,

In presence of thy awful Lord, Whose power inverted nature owns,

Her only law his sov'reign word: He shakes the centre with his rod, And heaven bows down to Jacob's God. 5 Creation, varied by his hand,

The' omnipotent Jehovah knows; The sea is turn'd to solid land,

The rock into a fountain flows:
And all things, as they change, proclaiın
The Lord eternally the same.
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Creator of soul and body.
ALL-CREATING God,

At whose supreme decree
My body rose, a breathing clod,

My soul sprang forth from thee: 2 For this thou hast design'd,

And form’d me man for this
To know and love thyself, and find

In thee my endless bliss. 77

3d P. M. 4 6s & 2 8s. Greatness and condescension.

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His throne is built on high ;
The garments he assumes

Are light and majesty :
His glories shine with beams so bright,
No mortal eye can bear the sight.
2 The thunders of his hand

Keep the wide world in awe;
His wrath and justice stand

To guard his holy law;
And where his love resolves to bless,
His truth confirms and seals the grace.

THE Lord Jehovah reigns,

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3 Through all his mighty works

Amazing wisdom shines;
Confounds the powers of hell,

And all their dark designs ;
Strong is his arm, and shall fulfil
His great decrees and sov'reign will.
4 And will this soy'reign King

Of glory condescend ;-
And will he write his name,

My Father and my Friend
I love his Name, I love his word;
Join all my powers to praise the Lord.
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Omnipotence and wisdom.
OME, O my soul, in sacred lays,

Attempt thy great Creator's praise
But 0, what tongue can speak his fame?
What mortal verse can reach the theme?
2 Enthroned amid the radiant spheres,
He glory like a garment wears ;
To form a robe of light divine,
Ten thousand suns around him shine.
3 In all our Maker's grand designs,
Omnipotence, with wisdom, shines;
His works, through all this wondrous frame,
Declare the glory of his Name.
4 Raised on devotion's lofty wing,
Do thou, my soul, his glories sing;
And let his praise employ thy tongue,
Till list’ning worlds shall join the song.
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Majesty and power.
IE Lord our God is clothed with might,

The winds obey his will ;
He speaks, and in his heavenly height

The rolling sun stands still.

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