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mp When youthful Spring around us Is born beneath that kindling breathes,

eye;Thy Spirit warms her fragrant sigh, cresWhere'er we turn, Thy glories shine, And every flower that Summer s And all things fair and bright are wreathes

Thine.

T. Moore.

3.-HIS GOODNESS IN PROVIDENCE, 33

C.M.

With ever joyful hearts The mercies of my God and King dimand blessèd peace to cheer us ; My tongue shall stul pursuz.

mf And keep us in His grace, O happy they who, while they sing

And guide us when perplexed, Those mercies, share them too.

cres And free us from all ills

In this world and the cext. As bright and lasting as the sun, As lofty as the sky,

Irun,

if All praise and thanks to God From age to age Thy truth shall The Father, now be given, And chance and change defy.

The Son, and Him Who reigns | The covenant of the King of kings

With Them in highest heaven,
Shall stand for ever sure :

The One eternal God,

Whom heaven and earth adore; Beneath the shadow of Thy wings

For thus it was, is now,
Thy saints repose secure.

And shall be evermore.
s Thine is the earth, and Thine the
Created at Thy will : [skies,

M. Rinckart, tr. by Catherine

Wink worth.
The waves at Thy command arise,
At Thy command are still. 35

C.M. f In earth below, in heaven above,

mf My Shepherd will supply my need, Who, who is Lord like Thee ?

Jehovah is His name ; O spread the gospel of Thy love,

In pastures fresh He makes me feed
Till all, Thy glories see.

Beside the living stream.
H. F. Lyte.

mp He brings my wandering spirit 34 6.7.6.7.6.6.6.6.

When I forsake His ways. (back Now thank we all our God.

And leads me, for His mercy's sake, With bearts, and hands, and voices,

paths of truth and grace. Who wondrous things hath done, p When I walk through the shades of In Whom His world rejoices ;

Thy presence is my stay : [death, P

Who, from our mother's arms, cresA word of Thy supporting breath Hath blessed us on our way

Drives all my fears away. cres With countless gifts of love,

mf Thy hand, in sight of all my foes, And still is ours to-day

Doth still my table spread ; Oh may this bounteous God My cup with blessings overflows, Through all our life be near us,

Thine oil anoints my head.

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mf The sure provisions of my God

Attend me all my days ;
O may Thy house be mine abode,

And all my work be praise ! mp There would I find a settled rest,

While others go and come ;
No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.

I. Watts.

36

C.M. mf The God of love my Shepherd is,

To watch me and to feed :
I shall not want, for I am His,

He careth for my need.
p His gentle goodness leadeth me,

And makes me down to lie cresin greenest pastures fearlessly P The quiet waters by. cresAnd so restoreth He my soul : P

And when I go astray cres He brings me back with sweet

control f Into the rightful way. p When darkness comes and death is

near,

I feel my Shepherd's rod, cresAnd so I quite forget my fear, dim And lean upon my God. f Thy bounties, amid all my foes,

My life, my spirit bless, My cup of comfort overflows dim With tender faithfulness. f Goodness and mercy, peace and

love,
Shall fill my earthly days ;
Till the eternal house above
Shall witness to my praise.

G. Rawson.

37

8.7.8.7. mf The King of love my Shepherd is,

Whose goodness faileth never ; I nothiog lack if I am His,

And He is mine, for ever. mf Where streams of living waters flow

My ransomed soul He leadeth, And, where the verdant pastures

grow,

With food celestial feedeth. p Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, Cres But yet in love He sought me, dimAnd on His shoulder gently laid, f And home, rejoicing, brought me.

p In death's dark vale I fear no ill cres With Thee, dear Lord, beside me; Thy rod and staff my comfort still,

Thy Cross before to guide me. mf Thou spread'st a table is my sight,

Thy Unction grace bestoweth ; if And what transport of delight

From Thy pure chalice floweth ! mf And so through all the length of

days

Thy goodness faileth never ; cresGood Shepherd, may I sing Thy

praise
Within Thy house for ever !

H. W. Baker.

38

C.M. f Our God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come.
Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home; f Under the shadow of Thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt secure; Sufficient is Thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure.

mf Before the hills in order stood, mf Ill, that He blesses, is our good, Or earth received her frame,

And unblest good is illi f From everlasting Thou art God, Ard all 13 right that seems most To endless years the same.

wrong,

If it be His sweet will, f A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone ;

F. W. Faber, dimShort as the watch that ends the pight 40

C.M. Before the rising sun.

f Lift up to God the voice of praise, p Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Whose breath our souls inspired ; Bears all its sons away,

Lcud and more loud the anthem dimThey fly, forgotten, as a dream

raise, P Dies at the opening day

With grateful ardour fired. f Our God, our help in ages past, f Lift up to God the voice of praise, Our hope for years to come,

Whose tender care sustains Be Thou our guard while troubles dimOur feeble frame, encompassed And our eternal home. {last,

round 1. Watts.

With death's unnumbered pains.

f Lift up to God the voice of praise, 39

C.M.

Whose goodness, passing thought,

Loads every minute as it flies mf I WORSHIP Thee, sweet will of

With benefits unsought.
God!
And all Thy ways adore,

f Lift up to God the voice of praise, And every day I live I seem

From Whom salvation flows ; To love Thee more and more.

Who sent His Son our souls to save

dim From everlasting woes. mf I love to kiss each print where Thou

f Lift up to God the voice of praise, Hast set Thine unseen feet ·

For hope's transporting ray, I cannot fear Thee, blessèd will,

Tbat lights through darkest shades

of death Thine empire is so sweet.

To realms of endless day. mf I have no cares, O blessed will i

R. Wardlaw. For all my cares are Thine ; . I live in triumph, Lord, for Thou Hast made Thy triumph mine. 41

L.M. mf He always wins who sides with f High in the heavens, Eternal God, God,

Thy goodness in full glory shines ; To him no chance is lost;

Thy truth shall break through God's will is sweetest to him when

every cloud It triumphs at his cost.

That veils and darkens Thy designs.

f For ever firm Thy justice stands, mf I thank Thee more that all my joy As mountains their foundations P

Is touched with pain ; keep ;

That shadows fall on brightest Wise are the wonders of Thy hands : That thorns remain ; [hours, Thy judgments are a mighty deep. mf So that earth’s bliss may be my

And not my chain. [guide, mf Thy providence is kind and large, Both man and beast Thy bounty [p For Thou Who knowest, Lord, how

Our weak heart clings, [soon share ; The whole creation is Thy charge,

Hast given us joys, tender and true,

Yet all wit But Saints are Thy peculiar care.

wings,

cresSo that we see, gleaming on high, p My God, how excellent Thy grace,

Diviner things.] Whence all our hope and comfort

f I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou hast spring!

The best in store ; [kept dimThe sons of Adam in distress

mf I have enough, yet not too much, Fly to the shadow of Thy wing.

To long for more; mf From the provisions of Thy house A yearning for a deeper peace We shall be fed with sweet repast ;

Not known before, Where mercy

like a river flows, mf I thank Thee, Lord, that here our And brings salvation to our taste.

Though amply blest, [souls, mif Life, like a fountain rich and free,

Can never find, although they seek,

A perfect rest,
Springs from the presence of the
Lord ;

dimNor ever shall, until they lean

rall On Jesus' breast. f And in Thy light our souls shall see The glories promised in Thy word.

Adelaide Anne Procter. 1. Watts. 43

C.M. 42

mif O God, my strength and fortitude, 8.4.8.4.8.4.

Of force I must love Thee ; mf My God, I thank Thee, Who hast Thou art my castle and defence, The earth so bright,

[made

In my necessity. So full of splendour and of joy,

f The Lord Jehovah is my God, Beauty and light;

My rock, my strength, my So many glorious things are here,

wealth, Noble and right.

My strong Deliverer, and my trust, mf I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast My spirit's only health.

Joy to abound; [made p In my distress I sought my God, So many gentle thoughts and deeds I sought Jehovah's face ; Circling us round;

cresMy cry before Him came; He That in the darkest spot of earth

beard Some love is found.

Out of His holy place.

aresThe Lord descended from above, 45

8.7.8 7.8.8.7. And bowed the heavens most high ;

f Lord, Thou hast heen our dwellingAnd underneath His feet He cast In every generation ; [place The darkness of the sky.

Thy people still have known Thy

grace, s On cherub and on cherubim

And blessed Thy consolation; Full royally He rode, {winds

Through every age Thou heardst .ff And on the wings of mighty

our cry ; Came flying all abroad.

Through every age we found Thee The voice of God did thunder high.

nigh, The lightnings answered keen, Our strength and our salvation, The channels of the deep were mp Our cleaving sins we oft have wept, bared,

And oft Thy patience provèd ; The world's foundations seen. cresBut still Thy faith we fast have And so delivered He my soul ;

kept, Who is a rock but He ?

Thy Name we still have loved : cresHe liveth—blessèd be my rock ! And Thou hast kept and loved us My God exalted be!

well, T. Sternhold and G. Rawson.

Hast granted us in Thee to dwell, f

Unshaken, unremoved. 44

8.7.8.7. mp Lord, nothing from Thine arms of mp God is love : His mercy brightens

love All the path in which we rove;

Shall Thine own people sever : cresBliss He wakes, and woe He cresOur Helper never will remove, lightens ;

Our God will fail us never.
God is wielom, God is love. f Thy people, Lord, have dwelt in

Thee ; mp Chance and change are busy ever ;

[be Man decays and ages move;

Our dwelling-place Thou still wilt ('P8But His mercy waneth never ;

f For ever and for ever. God is wisdom, God is love.

T. H. Gill. 1:1p E'en the hour that darkest seemeth | 46

C.M. Will His changeless goodness FO God of Bethel, by Whose hand prove ; [streameth;

Thy people still öre fed ; cresFrom the gloom His brightness dimWho through this weary pilgrim God is wisdom, God is love.

Hast all our fathers led, {age HIP He with earthly cares entwineth

mf Our vows, our prayers, we now Hope and comfort from above

present eresEverywhere His glory shineth ;

Before Thy throne of grace ; God is wisdom, God is love.

God of our fathers, be the God J. Bowring.

Of their succeeding race.

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