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7 'Mong pastures green he'll lead his flock, !!

Where living streams appear : 1.
And God the Lord from ev'ry eye

Shall wipe off ev'ry tear.

LXVII. REV. xxi. 1-9. | L

O! what a glorious sight appears

To our admiring eyes !
The former seas have pass'd away,

The former earth and skies.
2 From heav'n the new Jerus'lem comes,

All worthy of its Lord;
See all things now at last renew'd,

And paradise restord !
3 Attending angels shout for joy.

And the bright armies sing ;
Mortals! behold the sacred seat ,
Of your descending King!

1 4 The God of glory down to men

Removes his bless'd abode;
He dwells with men; his people they,

And he his people's God.
5 His gracious hand shall wipe the tears

From ev'ry weeping eye:
And pains and groans, and griefs and fears,

And death itself, shall die.
6 Behold, I change all human things!

Saith he, whose words are true;
Lo! what was old is pass'd away,

And all things are made new! 7 I am the First, and I the Last,

Through endless years the same; ;
I AM, is my memorial still,

And my eternal name.

8 Ho, ye that thirst ! to you my grace

Shall hidden streams disclose,
And open full the sacred spring, ,

Whence life for ever flows.
9 Bless'd is the man that overcomes ;

I'll own him for a son;
A rich inheritance rewards

The conquests he hath won.
10 But bloody hands and hearts unclean,

And all the lying race,
The faithless and the scoffing crew,
Who spurn at offer'd

11 They, seiz’d by justice, shall be doom'd

In dark abyss to lie,
And in the fiery burning lake

The second death shall die.
12 O may we stand before the Lamb,

When earth and seas are fled,
And hear the Judge pronounce our name,

With blessing on our head !


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WHEN all thy mercies, O my God!

My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view I'm lost

In wonder, love, and praise.
20 how shall words, with equal warmth.

The gratitude declare
That glows within my ravish'd heart!

But Thou canst read it there,
3 Thy Providence my life sustain'd,

And all my wants redrest,
When in the silent womb I lay,

And hung upon the breast.
4 To all my weak complaints and cries

Thy mercy lent an ear,
Ere yet my feeble thoughts had learn'd

To forin themselves in pray’r.
5 Unnumber'd comforts to my soul

Thy tender care bestow'd,
Before my infant heart conceiv'd

From whom these comforts flow'd.
6 When in the slipp’ry paths of youth

With heedless steps I ran;
Thine arm, unseen, convey'd me safe,

And led me up to man:
7 Through hidden dangers, toils, and deaths,

It gently clear'd my way;


And through the pleasing snares of vice;

More to be fear'd than they. 8 When worn with sickness, oft hast thou

With health renewid my
And, when in sins and sorrows sunk,

Reviv'd my soul with grace. 9 Thy bounteous hand with worldly bliss

Hath made my cup run o'er;
And, in a kind and faithful friend,

Hath doubled all my store.
10 Ten thousand thousand precious gifts

My daily thanks employ;
Nor is the least a cheerful heart,

That tastes these gifts with joy. 11 Through ev'ry period of my life

Thy goodness I'll proclaim;
And after death, in distant worlds,

Resume the glorious theme. 12 When nature fails, and day and night

Divide thy works no more,
My ever grateful heart, O Lord,

Thy mercy shall adore.
13 Through all eternity to thee
A joyful song

I'll raise;
For, oh! eternity's too short

To utter all thy praise,

I THE spacious firmament on high,

With all the blye ethereal sky,
And spangled heav'ns, a shining frame,

Their great Original proclaim. 2 Th' unweary'd sun, from day to day,

Does his Creator's pow'r display

And publishes to ev'ry land

The work of an Almighty hand. 3 Soon as the ev'ning shades prevail, The moon takes


the wondrous tale, And, nightly to the list'ning earth,

Repeats the story of her birth;
4 While all the stars that round her burn,

And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,

And spread the truth from pole to pole... 5 What though in solemn silence all

Move round the dark terrestrial ball ?
What though no real voice, nor sound,

Amidst their radiant orbs be found ? 6 In Reason's ear they all rejoice,

And utter forth a glorious voice ;
For ever singing, as they shine,
• The hand that made us is divine.'


1 WHEN rising from the bed of death,

O’erwhelm'd with guilt and fear,

* This is one of the most exceptionable in all the collection. The doctrine in the 1st verse is totally opposed to the Bible, No person who is qualified to sing praise to God on earth, entertains such a notion as it conveys. Every Christian is looking forward to the morning of the resurrection day with the highest felicity. See the language of such, 1 John iii. 2. • Beloved, now are we the sons of God ; and it doth not yet

appear what we shall be : But we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him ; for we shall see him as he is.' No notion in these words of being overwhelmed with guilt 6 and fear.' See also 2 Cor. v. 1. ; also 1 Cor. xv. 51-54. Every Christian lives in the certain expectation of meeting on that day, with Him, 'whom having not seen he loves, in

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