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4 Amidst a thousand snares I stand,

Upheld and guarded by Thy hand;
Thy words my fainting soul revive,

And keep my dying faith alive. 5 Grace will complete what grace begins,

To save from sorrows or from sins;
The work that wisdom undertakes
Eternal mercy ne'er forsakes.

C.M.
Thou understandest my thought afar

off.-Ps. 139, 2.
1 IN all my vast concerns with Thee,

In vain my
To shun Thy presence, Lord, or flee

The notice of Thine eye.
2 Thine all-surrounding sight surveys

rising and my rest; My public walks, my private ways,

And secrets of my breast.
3 My thoughts lie open to the Lord,

Before they're formed within ;
And, ere my lips pronounce the word,

He knows the sense I mean. 4 O wondrous knowledge, deep and high !

Where can a creature hide ?
Within Thy circling arms I lie,

Beset on every side.
5 So let Thy grace surround me still,

And like a bulwark prove,
To guard my soul from every ill,
Secured by Sovereign Love.

C.M.
The Lord is good to all.-Ps. 145, 9.
1

D My God, my heavenly King;
Let age to age

Thy righteousness
In sounds of glory sing.
2 God reigns on high; but not confines

His goodness to the skies; [shines, Through the whole earth His bounty

And every want supplies. 3 With longing eyes Thy creatures wait

On Thee for daily food;
Thy liberal hand provides their meat,

And fills their mouth with good.

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grace,

4 How kind are Thy compassions, Lord!

How slow Thine anger moves
But soon He sends His pardoning word

To cheer the souls He loves. 5 Creatures, with all their endless race,

Thy power and praise proclaim; But saints, that taste Thy richer grace,

Delight to bless Thy name.

75 They shall abundantly utter the meTHY

mory of Thy great goodness.-Ps. 145.7. 1 HY goodness, Lord, our souls confess,

Thy goodness we adore;
A spring whose blessings never fail,

A sea without a shore! 2 Sun, moon, and stars, Thy love attest,

In every golden ray; Love draws the curtains of the night,

And love brings back the day.
3 Thy bounty every season crowns,

With all the bliss it yields;
With joyful clusters loads the vines,

With strengthening grain the fields. 4 But chiefly Thy compassion, Lord,

Is in the gospel seen;
There, like a sun, Thy mercy shines

Without a cloud between.
5 Pardon, acceptance, peace, and joy,

Through Jesus' naine are given; He on the cross was lifted high,

That we might reign in heaven.

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76 while I live will I praise the Lord.1

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And, when my voiceis lost in death, Praise shall employ my nobler powers:

My days of praise shall ne'er be past,

Whilelife, and thought, and being last, Or immortality endures. 2 Happy the man whose hopes rely

On Israel's God; He made the sky, And earth, and seas with all their train:

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His truth for ever stands secure;
He saves the opprest, He feeds the

poor; And none shall find His promise vain. 3 The Lord gives eyesight to the blind;

The Lord supports the sinking mind; Hesendsthe labouring conscience peace;

He helps the stranger in distress,

The widow and the fatherless, And grants the prisoner sweet release. 4 He loves His saints! He knows them

well;
But turns the wicked down to hell:
Thy God, o Zion! ever reigns:

Let every tongue, let every age,

In this exalted work engage;
Praise Him in everlasting strains.

C.M.
I will keep thee in all places whither

thou goest.-Gen. 28, 15.
1 GOD of Bethel ! by whose hand

Thy people still are fed ;
Who through this earthly pilgrimage

Hast all our fathers led.
2 Our fervent prayers we now present

Before Thy throne of grace;
God of our fathers! be the God

Of their succeeding race.
3 Through each perplexing path of life

Our wandering footsteps guide;
Give us each day our daily bread,

And raiment fit provide.
4 O spread Thy covering wings around,

Till all our wanderings cease
And at our Father's loved abode

Our souls arrive in peace. 5 Now, with the humble voice of prayer,

Thy mercy we implore;
Then, with the grateful voice of praise,
Thy goodness we'll adore.

C.M.
The Lord hath II is way in the whirl-

wind and in the storm.-Nah. 1, 3.
1
GO

LOD moves in a mysterious way,
I His wonders to perform ;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,

And rides upon the storm,

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2 Deep in unfathomable mines

of never failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs,

And works His sovereign will. 3 Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;

The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break

In blessings on your head.
4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence,

He hides a smiling face.
5 His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower. 6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan His work in vain ;
God is His own interpreter,

And He will make it plain.

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C.M.
He will not forsake thee, neither de

stroy thee. -Deut. 4, 31. 1 PATHER of mercies! God of love!

My Father and my God!
I'll sing the honours of Thy name,

And spread Thy praise abroad. 2 My soul, in pleasing wonder lost,

Thy various love surveys;
Where shall my grateful lips begin,

Or where conclude Thy praise? 3 In every period of my life

Thy kindest thoughts appear;
Thy mercies gild each transient scene

And crown each circling year.
4 In all these mercies may my soul

A Father's bounty see,
Nor let the gifts Thy grace bestows

Estrange my heart from Thee.
5 Teach me in times of deep distress,

To own Thy hand, my God!
And in submissive silence learn

The lessons of Thy rod.

6 In every varying mortal state,

Each bright, each dreary scene, Give me a meek and humble mind,

Still equal and serene. 7 Then shall I close my eyes in death,

Without one anxious fear: For death itself, my God, is life,

If Thou art with me there.

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S.M. His compassions fail not.-- Lam 3, 22. 1 How various and how new

Are Thy compassions, Lord ! Each morning shall Thy mercies show,

Each night Thy truth record. 2 Thy goodness, like the sun,

Dawned on our early days, Ere infant reason had begun

To form our lips to praise. 3 Each object we beheld

Gave pleasure to our eyes;.
And nature all our senses held
In bands of sweet surprise.
But pleasures more refined

Awaited that blest day,
When light arose upon our mind,

And chased our sins away.
5 How new Thy mercies, then!

How sovereign and how free!
Our souls, that had been dead in sin,

Were made alive to Thee. 6 And we expect a day

Still brighter far than this, When Christ shall bear our souls away

To realms of light and bliss. 7 Yor shall that radiant day

So joyfully begun,
In evening shadows die away,

Beneath the setting sun.
S How various and how new

Are Thy compassions, Lord !
Eternity Thy love sball show,
And all Thy truth record.

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