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Or from nature's solitude Every voice devoutly blending,
We address thee, wise and good, At thy holy altar bending.
2. Thou, our fathers' God and ours, Teach us all to love and fear thee :
Lead us through life's varied hours, Fixt on heaven and ever near thee;
When our little task is done, May our children still revere thee;
So thy work shall hasten on, Till assembled worlds shall hear thee.
448. C. m.
1. PRAYER is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered, or unexpress’d; The motion of a hidden fire That trembles in the breast.
The falling of a tear,
That infant lips can try : Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach
The Majesty on high.
The Christian's native air;
The life, the truth, the way!
To dissipate our fear?
2. Doth thy right hand, which form'd the earth
And bears up all the skies,
For all thy humble saints ;
And banish every care;
If God be with me there.
5. While I his gracious succour prove
Midst all my various ways,
2. Thy plans, beyond the bounds of time, Eternal
ages comprehend; To form the soul to joys sublime In that blest world which ne'er shall end.
Bow then, my soul, submissive bow,
Then shall the goodness of my God
451. c. M. Refuge and strength in the mercy of God.
1. My God, 't is to thy mercy-seat
My soul for shelter flies; 'Tis here I find a safe retreat When storms and tempests rise.
If thou, my God, art near;
Thy constant aid impart;
4. O never
And dwell beneath thy feet.
452. c. M.
Faith in the promises of God.
1. Blest is the man who fears the Lord;
His well-establisht mind
Shall true composure find.
2. Oft through the deep and stormy sea
The heavenly footsteps lie; But on a glorious world beyond His faith can fix its eye.
3. Though dark his present prospects be, And sorrows round him dwell
1; Yet hope can whisper to his soul That all shall issue well.
4. Full in the presence of his God, Through every scene he
goes; And, fearing him, no other fear His steadfast bosom knows.
No gloomy views affright;
2 Cor. v. 7.]
1. WE walk by faith and not by sight; And if we ever go astray, Do thou, O Lord, conduct us right, And lead us in our onward way.
2. Onward from earth to heaven we go; And gently guided, Lord, by thee, The path which is begun below Conducts to immortality.