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I. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
HYMN 1. (c. M.) I GR
REAT God! with wonder and with praise
On all thy works I look; But still thy wisdom, power,
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
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.
To save my soul from hell;
Such heavenly wonders tell. 7 Then let me love
HYMN 2. (c. M.) 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;
And lasting as the mind.
And yields a free repast;
Invite the longing taste.
Spreads heavenly peace around; And life and everlasting joys,
Attend the blissful sound.
My ever dear delight;
And still increasing light.
Be thou for ever near;
II, CREATION. ·
(c. m.) 1 GREAT first of beings! mighty Lord
Of all this wondrous frame!
The world from nothing came.
'Twas instantly obey'd; And through thy goodness all things stand,
Which by thy pow'r were made.
They all reflect thy light:
And day succeeds the night.
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 trees aspiring grow.
This wise and noble end
HYMN 4. (c. m.)
Genesis i. 1 LET heaven arise, let earth appear,
Proclaim'd th’ Eternal Lord: The heaven arose, the earth appear'd,
At his creating word.
Dark, sluggish, and confus'd;
And quick’ning pow'r diffus'd.
The mandate, “ Be there light:" Light darted forth in vivid rays,
And scatter'd ancient night.
To part the earth and sky;
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 their wondrous birth; Some form’d within the wat’ry deep,
Some, from the teeming earth.
Man, honour'd man, was made;
With innocence array'd.