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2 Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defence is sure.

Our Shelter from the stormy blast, And our e ter

3 Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

118 (ST. MAGNUS) C. M.

1 O God, my Strength and Fortitude,
Of force I must love Thee;
Thou art my Castle and Defence
In my necessity;

ges past, Our Hope for years

2 My God, my Rock, in whom I trust,
The Worker of my wealth,
My Refuge, Buckler, and my Shield,
The Horn of all my health.

3 I, when beset with pain and grief,
Did pray to God for grace;
And He forthwith did hear my plaint
Out of His holy place.

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4 A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night Be Thou our Guard while troubles last,

7 Our God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come;

Before the rising sun.

And our eternal Home.


5 The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downward by Thy flood,
And lost in following years.

6 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

Psalm xc. Rev. Isaac Watts, 1719

4 The Lord descended from above
And bowed the heavens high,
And underneath His feet He cast
The darkness of the sky.

5 On cherub and on cherubim
Full royally He rode,

And on the wings of all the winds
Came flying all abroad.

6 Unspotted are the ways of God,
His word is purely tried;
He is a sure Defence to such
As in His faith abide.

Psalm xviii. Thomas Sternhold, publ. 1561




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10 love of God, how strong and true!

2 O love of God, how deep and great!
Far deeper than man's deepest hate;
Self-fed, self-kindled like the light,
Changeless, eternal, infinite.

3 O heavenly love, how precious still, In days of weariness and ill,

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In nights of pain and helplessness,
To heal, to comfort, and to bless!



Un-com-pre-hend - ed and un-bought, Be-yond all knowledge and all thought. A

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5 We read thee best in Him who came
To bear for us the cross of shame;
Sent by the Father from on high,
Our life to live, our death to die.

6 We read thy power to bless and save,
E'en in the darkness of the grave;
Still more in resurrection light
We read the fulness of thy might.

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4 O wide-embracing, wondrous love!
We read thee in the sky above,
We read thee in the earth below,
In seas that swell, and streams that flow. For ever safe, for ever blest.

7 O love of God, our shield and stay Through all the perils of our way! Eternal love, in thee we rest,

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Rev. Horatius Bonar, 1861


1 High in the heavens, E- ter - nal God, Thy good-ness in full

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Thy truth shall break through every cloud That veils and darkens Thy designs. A - MEN.



120 MIGDOL L. M.


1 Praise, Lord, for Thee in Zion waits; Prayer shall be - siege Thy tem- ple gates:



All flesh shall to Thy throne re-pair, And find, through Christ, salvation there. A-MEN.

2 Our spirits faint; our sins prevail;
Leave not our trembling hearts to fail:
O Thou that hearest prayer, descend,
And still be found the sinner's Friend.

3 How blest Thy saints! how safely led,
How surely kept, how richly fed!
Saviour of all in earth and sea,
How happy they who rest in Thee!

4 Thy hand sets fast the mighty hills, Thy voice the troubled ocean stills;

Lowell Mason, 1840

121 (WARE) L. M.

1 High in the heavens, Eternal God,
Thy goodness in full glory shines;
Thy truth shall break through every cloud
That veils and darkens Thy designs.

2 For ever firm Thy justice stands,

As mountains their foundations keep;
Wise are the wonders of Thy hands;
Thy judgments are a mighty deep.


The year is with Thy goodness crowned;
Thy clouds drop wealth the world around;
Through Thee the deserts laugh and sing,
And nature smiles, and owns her King.

6 Lord, on our souls Thine influence pour;
The moral waste within restore:
O let Thy love our spring-tide be,
And make us all bear fruit to Thee.
Psalm lxiii. Rev. Henry F. Lyte, 1834: verse 1, line 1, alt.

Evening and morning hymn Thy praise,
And earth Thy bounty wide displays.

3 Thy providence is kind and large,
Both man and beast Thy bounty share;
The whole creation is Thy charge,
But saints are Thy peculiar care.

4 My God, how excellent Thy grace,
Whence all our hope and comfort spring!
The sons of Adam in distress.
Fly to the shadow of Thy wing.

5 From the provisions of Thy house
We shall be fed with sweet repast;
There mercy like a river flows,
And brings salvation to our taste.

6 Life, like a fountain, rich and free,
Springs from the presence of my Lord;
And in Thy light our souls shall see
The glories promised in Thy word.
Psalm xxxvi. Rev. Isaac Watts, 1719





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For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe;

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2 Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right man on our side,
The man of God's own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

power are great, And, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his

Martin Luther, 1529


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3 And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us;
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:

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The prince of darkness grim, -
We tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,

One little word shall fell him.

4 That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is for ever.

Martin Luther, 1529. Trans. by Rev. Frederick H. Hedge. 1853


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1 Lord, with glowing heart I'd praise Thee For the bliss Thy love be-stows,

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For the pardoning grace that saves me, And the peace that from it flows:

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Rev. John B. Dykes, 1871

(See also FALFIELD, No. 412)

2 Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,

Wretched wanderer, far astray; Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee

From the paths of death away: Praise, with love's devoutest feeling,

Him who saw thy guilt-born fear, And, the light of hope revealing,

Bade the blood-stained cross appear.

3 Praise Thy Saviour God that drew thee
To that cross, new life to give,
Held a blood-sealed pardon to thee,
Bade thee look to Him and live:

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Praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee,

Roused thee from thy fatal ease, Praise the grace whose promise warmed


Praise the grace that whispered peace.

4 Lord, this bosom's ardent feeling

Vainly would my lips express: Low before Thy footstool kneeling, Deign Thy suppliant's prayer to bless: Let Thy love, my soul's chief treasure,

Love's pure flame within me raise; And, since words can never measure, Let my life show forth Thy praise.

Francis S. Key, 1817

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