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7. These are a portion of his ways;
But who shall dare describe his face?
Hymn 2, 1. M. God far above all creatures; or man vain and mortal,
Job iv. 17-21.
N Contend with their Creator, God?
Of all the spirits round his throne;
Are neither holy, just, nor wise.
We faint and vanish like the moth.
We die by thousands in thy sight;
Like a forgotten vanity.
How frail are we! how glorious thou!
Hymn 3. c. M.
God's eternity. 1. D ISE, rise, my soul, and leave the ground,
N Stretch all thy thoughts abroad,
To praise th' eternal God,
2. Long ere the lofty skies were spread,
Jebovah fill'd his throne;
The Maker liv'd alone. 3. His boundless years can ne'er decrease,
But still maintain their prime, Eternity's his dwelling-place,
And ever is his time.
The present and the past,
And sees our ages waste.
And vast destruction come:
And wait their fiery doom.
And flames melt down the skies, My God shall live an endless day,
When this creation dies.
Hymn 4. C. M.
God our Preserver. 1.T ET others boast how strong they be,
L Nor death nor danger fear;
What feeble things we are.
And flourish bright and gay:
And fades the grass away.
And dies if one be gone;
Should keep in tune so long.
1. But 'tis our God supports our frame,
The God that form'd us first;
That rear'd us from the dust.
In all their motions rose,
And round each vein it flows.
Our Maker we'll adore:
Or they would breathe no more.
Hymn 5. c. M. Divine wrath and mercy: from Nahum i. 1, 2, 3, &c. 1. A DORE and tremble, for our God
A Is a consuming fire;
And raise his vengeance higher.
How bright his fury glows!
Lie treasur’d for his foes.
Are forc'd into a flame;
And rend all nature's frame.
- And seek a wat’ry grave;
And shrinks up every wave.
Are swift as hail stones hurl'd; Who dares to meet his fiery rage,
That shakes the solid world?
6. Yet, mighty God! Thy sov'reign Grace.
Sits regent on the throne, - The refuge of thy chosen race,
When wrath comes rushing down. 7. Thy hands shall on rebellious kings
A fiery tempest pour,
,- Hymn 6. L. M.
God's condescension to human affairs. 1. I TP to the Lord, who reigns on high,
U And views the rations from afar, Let everlasting praises fly,
And tell how large his bounties are. 2. He over-rules all mortal things,
And manages our mean affairs;
Bestows his counsels and his cares
Into the bosom of our God ;
And helps to bear the heavy load. 4. In vain might lofty princes try
Such condescension to perform ;
Above their meanest fellow-worm.. 5. O could our thankful hearts devise
A tribute equal to thy grace,
.. Hymn 7. c. M. God holy, just, and sovereign. Job ix. 2-10. 1. L OW should the sons of Adam's race I Be pure before their God?
If he contend in righteousness,
We fall beneath his rod. 2. To vindicate my words and thoughts
I'll make no more pretence; Not one of all my thousand faults
Can bear a just defence. 3. Strong is his arm, his heart is wise ;
What vain presumers dare Against their Maker's hand to rise,
Or tempt th' unequal war? 4. Mountains by his Almighty wrath
From their old seats are torn; He shakes the earth, from South to North,
And all her pillars mourn. 5. He bids the sun forbear to rise;
The obedient sun forbears; His hand with sackcloth spreads the skies
And seals up all the stars.
And rides the stormy winds;
Or his dark footsteps find.
Hymn 8. S. M.
Preserving grace, Jude 24, 25.. 1. Ta God the only wise,
1 Our Saviour and our King, Let all the saints below the skies.
Their humble praises bring. 3. 'Tis his almighty love, .
His counsel and his care,
And ev'ry hurtful snare. 3. He will present our souls
Unblemish'd and complete,