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2 Ten thousand ages ere the skies

Were into motion brought,
All the long years and worlds to come

Stood present to His thought.
3 If light attends the course I run,

Tis He provides those rays ;
And tis His hand that hides my sun,

If darkness cloud my days.
4 Yet I would not be much concerned,

Nor vainly long to see
The volumes of His deep decrees,

What months are writ for me.
5 When He reveals the book of life,

Oh, may I read my name Amongst the chosen of His love,

The followers of the Lamb !

S.M. 65 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget

not all His benefits.-Ps. 103, 2. 1 O

BLESS the Lord, my soul!

Let all within me join,
And aid my tongue to bless His name

Whose favours are divine. 2 O bless the Lord, my soul!

Nor let His mercies lie
Forgotten in unthankfulness,

And without praises die. 3 Tis He forgives thy sins;

Tis He relieves thy pain:
Tis He that heals thy sicknesses,

And makes thee young again. 4 He crowns thy life with love,

When ransomed from the grave:
He that redeemed my soul from hell

llath sovereign power to save. 5 Ile fills the poor with good;

He gives the sufferers rest;
The Lord hath judgments for the proud,

And justice for the opprest.
6 His wondrous works and ways

He made by Moses known;
But sent the world His truth and grace

By His beloved Son.

S.M. 66 He hath not dealt with us after our

sins.-Ps. 103, 10. 1 MY

Y soul, repeat His praise

Whose mercies are so great,
Whose anger is so slow to rise,

So ready to abate.
2 God will not always chide;

And, when His strokes are felt,
His strokes are fewer than our crimes,

And lighter than our guilt.
3 High as the heavens are raised

Above the ground we tread,
So far the riches of His grace

Our highest thoughts exceed. 4

His power subdues our sins;

And His forgiving love,
Far as the east is from the west

Doth all our guilt remove. 5 The pity of the Lord,

To those that fear His name,
Is such as tender parents feel;

He knows our feeble frame. 6 He knows we are but dust,

Scattered with every breath:
His anger, like a rising wind,

Can send us swift to death. 7

Our days are as the grass,
Or like the morning flower;
If one sharp blast sweep o'er the field

It withers in an hour.
8 But Thy compassions, Lord,

To endless years endure;
And children's children ever find

Thy words of promise sure.

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8.7.8.7.7.7. Bless the Lord, O my soul.-Ps. 103, 1. MY soul, with all thy powers

Bless the Lord's most holy name:
O my soul, till life's last hours,

Bless the Lord, His praise proclaim;
As the heaven the earth transcends,

Over us His care extends. 2 He with loving-kindness crowned thee,

Satisfied thy mouth with good;

2 From the snares of death unbound thee,

Eagle-like thy youth renewed:
Rich in tender mercy He,

Slow to wrath, to favour free. 3 Far as east and west are parted,

He our sins hath severed thus:
As a father, loving-hearted,

Spares his son, He spareth us:
For He knows our feeble frame,

He remembers whence we came. 4 Mark the field-flower where it groweth,

Frail and beautiful;-but soon,
When the south-wind softly bloweth,

Look again,-the flower is gone:
Such is man; his honours pass,

Like the glory of the grass. 5 From eternity, enduring

To eternity,--the Lord,
Still His people's bliss ensuring,

Keeps His covenanted word;
Yea, with truth and righteousness
Children's children He will bless.

L.M. 68 He led them forth by the right way.

-Ps. 107, 7. 1 G ;

Kind are His thoughts, His name is
His mercy ages past have known, (Love;
And ages long to come shall own.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord

The wonders of His grace record ;
Israel, the nation whom He chose,

And rescued from their mighty foes. 3 From age to age exalt His name;

God and His grace are still the same;
He fills the hungry soul with food,
And feeds the poor with every good.
He feeds and clothes us all the way,
He guides our footsteps lest we stray,
He guards us with a powerful hand,

And brings us to the heavenly land.. 5 O let the saints with joy record

The truth and goodness of the Lord;
How great His works! how kind His

ways!
Let every tongue pronounce His praise.

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C.M. 169 He bringeth them unto their desired

haven.-Ps. 107, 30.
COW are Thy servants blest, O Lord,

How sure is their defence!
Eternal wisdom is their guide,

Their help Omnipotence.
2 In foreign realms, and lands remote,

Supported by Thy care,
Through burning climes they pass un-

And breathe in tainted air. [hurt, 3 When by the dreadful tempest borne,

High on the broken wave,
They know Thou art not slow to hear,

Nor impotent to save.
4 The storm is laid, the winds retire,

Obedient to Thy will:
The sea that roars at Thy command,

At Thy command is still. 5 In midst of dangers, fears, and deaths,

Thy goodness we'll adore;
We'll praise Thee for Thy mercies past,

And humbly hope for more.
6 Our life, if Thou preserve that life,

Thy sacritice shall be ;
And death, when death'shall be our lot
Shall join our souls to Thee.

C.M.
The Lord is thy keeper.-Ps. 121, 5.
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heaven I lift my waiting eyes, The Lord that built the earth and skies

Is my perpetual aid.
2 Their feet shall never slide to fall,

Whom He designs to keep :
His ear attends the softest call;

His eye can never sleep.
3 He will sustain our weakest powers

With His almighty arm ;
And watch our most unguarded hours

Against surprising harm.
4 Israel, rejoice, and rest secure,

Thy keeper is the Lord ;
His wakeful eyes employ His power
For thine eternal guard.

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5 Heshields thy soul, He keeps thy breath,

Where thickest dangers come ; Go and return, secure from death, Till God command thee home.

L.M. 71 He that keepeth thee will not slum.

ber. - Ps. 121, 3. 1 Up to the hills hilift my eyes

The eternal hills beyond the skies; Thence all her help my soul derives;

There my Almighty Refuge lives. 2 He lives, the Everlasting God, Who built the world, who spread the

flood; The heavens with all their host He

made, And the dark regions of the dead. 3 He guides our feet, He guards our way;

His morning smiles bless all the day:
He spreads the evening veil, and keeps
The silent hours while Israel sleeps.
4 Israel, a name divinely blest,

May rise secure, securely rest;
Thy Holy Guardian's wakeful eyes

Admit no slumber nor surprise. 5 Should earth and hell with malice burn,

Still thou shalt go, and still return,
Safe in the Lord : His heavenly care
Defends thy life from every snare.

L.M. 72 1 will praise Thee with my woole

heart.-Ps. 138, 1. 1 WITH all, my powers of heart and

tongue
I'll praise my Maker in my song:
Angels shall hear the notes I raise,

Approve the song, and join the praise. 2 Angels who make Thychurch theircare,

Shall witness my devotion there;
While holy zeal directs my eyes

To Thy fair temple in the skies.
3 I'll sing Thy truth and mercy, Lord;

I'll sing the wonders of Thy word:
Not all Thy works and names below
So much Thy power and glory show.

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