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4 From earth's vast and hollow womb,

Music's deepest base may come;
Seas and floods, from shore to shore,
Shall their counter-tenors roar :
To this concert, when we sing,
Whistling winds your descants bring ;
That our song may over-climb
All the bounds of place and time,
And ascend, from sphere to sphere,
To the great Almighty's ear.

5 So from heaven on earth He shall

Let His gracious blessings fall ;
And this huge wide orb we see
Shall one choir, one temple be ;
Where in such a praiseful tone
We will sing what He hath done,
That the cursed fiends below
Shall thereat impatient grow:
Then, O come, in pious lays
Sound we God Almighty's praise! Amen.

G. Wither.

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Hark, my soul, how every thing
Strives to serve our bounteous King;
Each a double tribute pays,
Sings its part, and then obeys.

2

Nature's chief and sweetest quire
Him with cheerful notes admire ;
Chanting every day their lauds,
While the grove their song applauds.

3 Though their voices lower be,

Streams have too their melody ;
Night and day they warbling run,
Never pause, but still sing on.

4. All the flowers that gild the spring

Hither their still music bring;
If heaven bless them, thankful they
Smell more sweet and look more gay.

5 (Only we can scarce afford

This short office to our Lord;
We, on whom His bounty flows,
All things gives and nothing owes.)

6 Wake, for shame, my sluggish heart,

Wake, and gladly say thy part;
Learn of birds, and springs, and flowers,
How to use thy nobler powers.

7 Call whole nature to thine aid,

Since 'twas He whole nature made';
Join in one eternal song,
Who to one God all belong.

8 Live for ever, glorious Lord !

Live, by all Thy works adored !
One in Three, and Three in One,
Thrice we bow to Thee alone!

7. Austin.

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340.

Psalm C. 1 All people that on earth do dwell,

,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell,

Come ye before Him and rejoice.
The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;

Without our aid He did us make :
We are His flock, He doth us feed,

And for His sheep He doth us take. 3 O enter then His gates with praise,

Approach with joy His courts unto ; Praise, laud, and bless His Name always,

For it is seemly so to do.
4 For why? the Lord our God is good,

His mercy is for ever sure ;
His Truth at all times firmly stood,

And shall from age to age endure. 5 To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

The God whom heaven and earth ado
From men and from the angel-host
Be praise and glory evermore. Amen.

Old Versin.

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341.

Psalm CIII. 1 PRAISE, my soul, the King of heaven;

To His feet thy tribute bring ;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,

Who like thee His praise shall sing?

Praise Him ! praise Him !
Praise the everlasting King !

2

Praise Him for His grace and favour,

To our fathers in distress;
Praise Him, still the same for ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless;

Praise Him! praise Him!
Glorious in His faithfulness !

3 Father-like He tends and spares us;

Well our feeble frame He knows;
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes :

Praise Him! praise Him!
Widely as His mercy flows !

4 Angels, help us to adore Him,

Ye behold him face to face ;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him ;
Dwellers all in time and space,

Praise Him! praise Him !
Praise with us the God of grace ! Amen,

H. F. Lyte.

342.

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Psalm CXVII.
FROM all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator's praise arise ;
Let the Redeemer's Name be sung
Through every land, by every tongue !

2

Eternal are Thy mercies, Lord !
Eternal truth attends Thy word ;
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more. Amen.

1. Watts.

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343.

Psalm CXLVIII.
PRAISE the Lord of heaven, praise Him in

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the height,
Praise Him, all ye angels, praise Him, stars and

light; Praise Him, skies, and waters which above the

skies, When His word commanded, 'stablished did

arise.

2

Praise the Lord, ye fountains of the deeps, and

seas,

Rocks and hills and mountains, cedars and all

trees ; Praise Him, clouds and vapours, snow, and

hail, and fire, Stormy wind, fulfilling only His desire. 3 Praise Him, fowls and cattle, princes and all

kings, Praise Him, men and maidens, all created

things; For the Name of God is excellent alone, Over earth His footstool, over heaven His throne. Amen.

T. B. Browne.

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