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THE SAME.

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Through all the various, shifting scene
Of life's mistaken ill or good,
Thy hand, o GOD! conducts unseen,
The beautiful vicissitude.

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Thou givest, with a father's care,
(Howe'er unjustly we complain,)
To each their necessary share
Of joy and sorrow, health and pain.

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All things on earth, and all in heav'n
On thine eternal will depend;
And all for greater good were giv'n,
Would man pursue ih' appointed end.

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Be this our care-- to all beside
Indiff'rent let our wishes be:
Passion be calm, and dumb be pride,
And fix'd our minds, O GOD! on thee.

CONSOLATORY VIEWS OF NATURE AND PROVIDENCE.

The God of heaven is kind and just :

Then let no man complain ; Nor e'er his providence distrust,

His high decrees arraign.

II

Though clouds should darken all the scene,

Be this thy steadfast aim, Still to preserve a mind serene,

Free from all guilt and shame.

III

The lowliest flow'rs that deck the field,

Thy mute instructors are ;
And wholesome admonition yield
Against corroding care.

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Oh! listen to kind nature's voice :

To heav'n direct thine eyes;
There nobler objects claim thy choice,

And brighter prospects rise.

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Far from anxiety and care,

Still seek that blissful shore, Where discontent and dark despair

Shall rend thy heart no more.

THE UNIVERSAL PROVIDENCE OF GOD.

I The earth, and all the heav'nly frame, Their great creator's love proclaim : He gives the sun his genial pow'r, And sends the soft refreshing show'r.

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The ground with plenty blooms again,
And yields her various fruits to men ;
To men, who, from his bounteous hand,
Receive the gifts of ev'ry land.

III

Nor to the human race alone
Is his paternal goodness shown ;
The tribes of earth and sea and air
Enjoy his universal care.

IV

Not ev'n a sparrow yields its breath,
Till God permit the stroke of death :
He hears the ravens when they call
The father, and the friend of all ! .

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THE CONSTANT PROVIDENCE OF GOD.

I

ETERNAL source of ev'ry joy!
Well may thy praise our lips employ,
While in thy temple we appear;
Thy goodness crowns the circling year.

II

Wide as the earth and planets roll,
Thy hand supports and cheers the whole:
By thee the sun is taught to rise,
And darkness when to veil the skies.

III

The flow'ry spring, at thy command,
Embalms the air, and paints the land;
The summer-rays with vigour shine,
To raise the corn, and cheer the vine.

IV

Seasons, and months, and weeks, and days,
Demand successive hymns of praise :
Still be the cheerful homage paid,
With morning light, and ev’ning shade.

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O may our ever grateful tongue
In worlds unknown pursue the song,
And through eternal
The God of love, the God of pow'r.

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DEPENDENCE UPON PROVIDENCE.

I

GREAT LORD of earth, and seas, and skies!
Thy wealth the needy world supplies :
On thee alone the whole depends,
Thy care to ev'ry part extends.

II

To thee perpetual thanks we owe,
For all our comforts here below;
Our daily bread 'thy bounty gives,
And ev'ry rising want relieves.

III

The wastes of life thy pow'r repairs,
Thy mercy stills all anxious cares;
Protected by thy guardian arm,
We live secure from ev'ry harm.

IV

To thee we cheerful homage bring ;
In grateful hymns thy praises sing;
Direct to thee our joyful eyes,
And humbly look for fresh supplies.

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And, should thy measures seem severe,
Calmly may we thy chast’ning bear;
Without complaint to thee submit,
Th’ unerring judge of what is fit!

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