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8 He form'd the stars, those heavenly flames;

He counts their numbers, calls their names; His wisdoin's vast, and knows no bound,

A deep where all our thoughts are drown'd. 4 Great is our Lord, and great his might;

And all his glories infinite :
He crowns the meek, rewards the just,
And treads the wicked to the dust.

PAUSE.

5 Sing to the Lord, exalt him high,

Who spreads his clouds all round the skyting There he prepares the fruitful rain,

Nor lets the drops descend in vain. 6 He makes the grass the hills adorn,

And clothes the smiling fields with corns The beasts with food his hands supply,

And the young ravens when they cry. 7 What is the creature's skill or force?

The sprightly man, the warlike horse,
The nimble wit, the active limb ?

All are too mean delights for him. 8 But saints are lovely in his sight;

He views his children with delight :
He sees their hope, he knows their fear,
And looks and loves his image there.

PSALM 147.-2d Part. L. M. [*]

Summer and winter.
ET Zion

praise the nighty God,
“For sweet the joy, our songs to raise,
" And glorious is the work of praise.

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Our children are secure and blest;
Our shores have peace, our cities rest;
He feeds our sons with finest wheat,

And adds his blessings to their meat. 3 The changing seasons he ordains,

The early and the latter rains :
Hiś fakes of snow like wool he sends,

And thus the springing.corn defends. * With hoary frošt he strews the ground:

His hail descends with clattering sound:
Where is the man so vainly bold,

That dares defy his dreadful cold? 5 He bids the southern breezes blow:

The ice dissolves, the watérs flow :

But he hath nobler works and ways
! To call his people to his praise.
6 To all our realm his laws are shown:

His gospel through the nation known :
He hath not thus reveal'd his word
To every land.-Praise ye the Lord!

PSALM 147.--C. M. [*] Ver. 7-9, 12–18. The seasons of the year.

ITH songs and honours sounding Over the heavens he spreads his cloud,

And waters veil the sky. 9 He sends his showers of blessings down

To cheer the plains below;
He makes the grass the mountains crown,

And corn in valiies grow.
3 He gives the grazing ox his meat;

He beaps the ravens sy;

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But man, who tastes his finest wheat,

Should raise his honours high.
4 His steady counsels change the face

Of the declining year ;
He bids the sun cut shori his race,

And wintry days appear
5 His hoary frost, bis fleecy snow

Descend and clothe the ground: The liquid streams forbear to flow,

In icy fer.ers hound.
6 When froin his dreadful stores on high

He pours the rattling hail,
The wretch that dares this God defy

Shall find his courage fail.
He sends his worci, and pelts the snow,

The fields no longer mourn ;
He calls the warmer gales to blow,

And bids the spring return.
8 The changing wind, the flying cloug

Obey his mighty word: With songs and honours sounding loud,

Praise ye the sovereign Lord.

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PSALM 148.-P. M. [*]

Praise to God from all ereutures. 1 E tribes of Adam, join

With heaven, and earth, and seas,
And offer notes divine

To your Creator's praise.
Ye holy throng In worlds ot light
Ofargels briglit, | Begin the song.

Tholi sum, with dazzling rays,
Aud moon, that rules the wight,

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Shine to your Maker's praise,

With stars of twinkling light.
His power declare, And clouds that ily
Ye floods on high, In empty air.
3 The shining worlds above

In glorious order stand,
Or in swift courses move,

By his supreme command.
He spake the word, From nothing came
And all their frame | To praise the Lord.
4 He mov'd their mighty wheels

In unknown ages part:
And each his word fulfils

While time and nature last.
In different ways

His wondrous name, His works proclaim And speak his praise.

PAUSE.
5 Let all the earth-born race,

And monsters of the deep,
The fish that cleave the seas,

Or in their bosom sleep ;
From sea and shore | And still display
Their tribute pay,

Their Maker's power 6 Ye vapours, hail and snow,

Praise ye th’ Almighty Lord,
And storiny winds that blow,

To execute his word.
When lightnings shine | Let earth adore
Or thunders ioar, His hand divine.
7 Ye mountains near the skies,

With lofty cedars there,
And trees of humbler size,
That fruit in plenty bear •

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Beasts wild and tappens, 1 Exalt his name:

In various forms, Birds, flies, and worms, 8 Ye kings, and judges, fear

The Lord, the sovereign King:
And while you rule us here,

His heavenly honours sing.
Nor let the dream

Make you forget
Of power and state | His power supreme.
9 Virgins, and youths, engage

To sound his praise divine,
While infancy and age.

Their feebler voices join.
Wide as he reigns By every tongue
His name be sung In endless strains.
10 Let all the nations fear

The God that rules above;
He brings his people near,

And makes them taste his lov .
While earth and sky i His saints shall raise
Attempt his praise, His honours high.

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PSALM 148.-L. M. [*]
Paraphrased. Universal praise to God.
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OUD hallelujahs to the Lord [dwell;

From distant worlds where creatures Let boaven begin the solemn word, And sound it dreadful down to hell. Note. This Psalin may be sung to a different metre, by adding the two following lines to everv stapza, vize

Each of his works his name displays,

But they can ne'er fulfil his praise.
2 The Lord! how absolute he reigas!

Let every angel bend the knee !
Sing of his love in heavenly strains,
And speak how fierce bis terrors be.

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