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THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST.
Is then the gospel peace and love?
Whene'er the angry passions rise,
To do his heav'nly father's will,
Dispensing good, where'er he came,
THE TRIUMPH OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM.
MAKER ! and sov'reign LORD
Of heav'n, and earth, and seas ! Thy providence confirms thy word,
And answers thy decrees.
Why did the gentiles rage,
And jews, with one accord, Bend all their counsels to destroy
Th' anointed of the LORD ?
Rulers and kings agree
To form a vain design ; Against the LORD, their pow'rs unite,
Against his Christ, they join.
The LORD derides their rage,
And will support his throne; He that hath rais'd him from the dead,
Hath own'd him for his son.
HOPE OF HEAVEN CONFIRMED BY THE RESURRECTION
Prais'd be the everlasting God,
The father of our LORD !
Thy majesty ador'd !
When from the dead thou rais'dst thy son,
And call’dst him to the sky,
That we should never die.
What though thy uncontrol'd decree
Command us back to dust;
Reserv'd against that day; 'Tis uncorrupted, undefil'd,
And cannot fade away.
We, by thy pow'r, o GOD! are kept
Til this salvation come;
THE BOOK OF NATURE AND SCRIFTURE,
BEHOLD ! the lofty sky
Declares its maker, GOD ;
Proclaim his pow'r abroad.
The darkness and the light
Still keep their course the same; While night to day, and day to night,
Divinely teach his name?
In ev'ry diff'rent land
Their gen'ral voice is known ; They show the wonders of his hand,
And orders of his throne.
Ye christian lands, rejoice!
To you his truth is giv'n ; You are not left, from nature's voice
To learn the path to heav'n.
But boundless as thy love,
Such, LORD! te our return; And ne'er, may we, thy truth corrupt,
Or, from thy precepts turn!
How shall the young, O LORD! their hearts
And lives from sin secure?
To keep the conscience pure.
When once it enters in the mind,
It spreads such light abroad, The meanest souls instruction find,
And raise their thoughts to GOD.
'Tis like the sun, a heav'nly light,
That guides us all the day;
A lamp to light our way.
Thy precepts make us truly wise,
The sinner's path to flee,
And walk, o GOD! with thee.
Thy word is everlasting truth,
And well support our age.