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1 13 RAISE ye the Lord : 'tis good to raise
JL Our hearts and voices in his praise j

His nature and his works invite,
To make this duty our delight.

2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem,
And gathers nations to his name ;
His mercy melts the stubborn soul,
And makes the broken spirit whole.

3 He formed the stars, those heavenly flames j
He counts their numbers, calls their names !
His wisdom's vast, and knows no bound, —

A deep where all our thoughts are drowned !

4 Great is the 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. Castle Street.

5 Sing to the Lord, exalt him high,
Who spreads his clouds all round the sky ;
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 corn;
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,

PSALM 147. 281

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.

L. M. Second Part. Portugal. [*]

Summer and Winter.

1 [T ET Zion praise the mighty God,

J_J And make his honours known abroad :
For sweet the joy — our songs to raise ;
And glorious is the work of praise.

2 Our children are secure and blest;
Our shores have peace, our cities rest;
He feeds our sons with finest wheat,
And adds his blessing to their meat.

3 The changing seasons he ordains,
The early and the latter rains :

The flakes of snow, like wool, he sends,
And thus the springing corn defends.

4 With hoary frost he strews the ground ;
His hail descends with clattering sound :
Where is the man so vainly bold,

As dare defy his dreadful cold !

5 He bids the southern breezes blow ;
The ice dissolves, the waters flow :
But he hath nobler works and ways,
To call his people to his praise.

6 To all our land his laws are shown ,
His gospel through the nation known :
He hath not thus revealed his word
To every land : — Praise ye the Lord.]

C. M. Hartford. [*]
Ver. 7—9, 13—18. The Seasons of the Year.

1 '¥'T7ITH songs and honours, sounding loud,

Y T Address the Lord on high :
Over the heavens he spreads his cloud.
And waters veil the sky.

2 He sends his showers of blessings down.
To cheer the plains below ;

He makes the grass the mountains crown.
And corn in valleys grow.
24 *

282 PSALM 148.

o 3 He gives the grazing ox his meat ;
He hears the ravens cry :
But man, who tastes his finest wheat,
Should raise his honours high.

e 4 His steady counsels change the face
Of the declining year;
He bids the sun cut short his race,
And wintry days appear.

5 His hoary frost, his fleecy snow,
Descend and clothe the ground :

The liquid streams forbear to flow.
In icy fetters bound.

o 6 When from his dreadful stores on high
He pours the rattling hail,
The wretch who dares his G-od defy,
Shall find his courage fail.

b 7 He sends his word and melts the snow ;
The fields no longer mourn :
He calls the Avarmer gales to blow.
And bids the spring return.

o 8 The changing wind, the flying cloud,

Obey his mighty word :
g With songs and honours sounding loud.

Praise ye the sovereign Lord.

PSALM 148. P. M. Triumph. [*]

Praise to God from all Creatures.

o 1 "\7'E tribes of Adam join

1 With heaven and earth and seas,
And ofier notes divine
To your Creator's praise.
Ye holy throng
Of angels bright,
In worlds of light,
Begin the song.

— 2 [Thou sun, with dazzling rays,
And moon, that rul'st the night,
Shine to your Maker's praise, —
With stars of twinkling light.

His power declare.

Ye floods on high.

And clouds that fly

In empty air.]

PSALM 148. 283

■ — 3 The shining worlds above
In glorious order stand,
Or in swift courses move,
By his supreme command,
O He spake the word, —

And all their frame
From nothing came,
To praise the Lord.

g 4 He moved their mighty wheels,
In unknown ages past ;
And each his word fulfills,
While time and nature last.
In different ways,
His works proclaim
His wondrous name,
And speak his praise.


"^ 5 [Let all the earth-born race,
And monsters of the deep, —
And fish that cleave the seas.
Or in their bosom sleep, —

From sea and shore

Their tribute pay j

And still display

Their Maker's power.

6 Ye vapours, hail and snow,
Praise ye th' Almighty Lord,
And stormy winds, that blow
To execute his word.

When lightnings shine,
And thunders roar.
Let earth adore
His hand divine.

7 Ye mountains near the skies,
With lofty cedars there,

And trees of humbler size.
That fruit in plenty bear ; —

Beasts wild and tame.

Birds, flies, and worms,

In various forms, —

Exalt his name.]

C 8 Ye kings and judges, fear
The Lord, the sovereign King ;

284 PSALM 148.

And while you rule us here,
His heavenly honours sing :

Nor let the dream

Of power and state,

Make you forget

His power supreme.

o 9 Virgins and youths, engage

To sound his praise divine ;
e While infancy and age

Their feebler voices join :
o Wide as he reigns

His name be sung.
By every tongue,
In endless strains :

g 10 Let all the nations fear
The God who rules above ;
He brings his people near.
And makes them taste his love :

While earth and sky

Attempt his praise.

His saints shall raise

His honours high.

L. M. Paraphrased. Old Hundred. [*]

Universal Praise to God.

g 1 T OUD hallelujahs to the Lord,

■ I i From distant worlds where creatures dwell j
Let heaven begin the solemn word,
And sound it dreadful — down to hell.

[Note. This Psalm may he sung to a different
metre by adding the tico following lines to every
stanza, viz.

Each of his works his name displays,
But they can ne'er fulfill his praise.]

2 [The Lord — how absolute he reigns !
Let every angel bend the knee :

Sing of his love in heavenly strains ;
And speak how fierce his terrors be.

3 High on a throne his glories dwell, —
An awful throne of shining bliss ;

Fly through the world, O sun, and tell
How dark thy beams compared to his.

PSALM 148. 285

4 [Awake, ye tempests, and his fame,
In sounds of dreadful praise declare ;
And the sweet whisper of his name,
Fill every gentler breeze of air.

5 Let clouds, and winds, and waves agree
To join their praise with blazing fire ;
Let the firm earth, and rolling sea,

In this eternal song conspire.

6 Ye flowery plains, proclaim his skill ;
Valleys, lie low before his eye ;

And let his praise, from every hill.
Rise tuneful to the neighbouring sky.

7 Ye stubborn oaks, and stately pines,
Bend your high branches, and adore ;
Praise him, ye beasts, in different strains;
The lamb must bleat, the lion roar.

B Birds, ye must make his praise your theme j
Nature demands a song from you ;
While the dumb fish, that cut the stream,
Leap up and mean his praises too,]

—9 Mortals, can you refrain your tongue,
e When nature all around you sings ;
u O for a shout — from old and young, —
From humble swains, and lony kings.

g 10 Wide — as his vast dominion lies —
Make the Creator's name be known :
u Loud — as his thunder — shout his praise,
g And sound it lofty — as his throne.

e 11 Jehovah — 'tis a glorious word —

O may it dwell on every tongue !
o But saints, who best have known the Lord,

Are bound to raise the noblest song.

12 Speak of the wonders of that love,
Which Gabriel plays on every chord I

u From all below and all above,
Loud hallelujahs to the Lord.

S. M. St. Thomas's. [*]
Universal Praise.

ET every creature join,
4 To praise th' eternal God j
Ye heavenly hosts, the song begin,
And sound his name abroad.

286 PSALM 148.

2 Thou sun, with golden beams,
And moon, with paler rays,

Ye starry lights, ye twinkling flames,
Shine to your Maker's praise.

3 He built those worlds above,
And fixed their wondrous frame ;

By his command they stand or move,
And ever speak his name.

4 Ye vapours, when you rise,
Or fall in showers, or snow, —

Ye thunders, murmuring round the skies,
His power and glory show.

5 Wind, hail, and flashing fire,
Agree to praise the Lord, —

When ye in dreadful storms conspire.
To execute his word.

6 By all his works above
His honours be expressed ;

But saints, who taste his saving love,
Should sing his praises best.


7 [Let earth and ocean know,
They owe their Maker praise :

Praise him, ye watery worlds below,
And monsters of the seas.

8 From mountains near the sky,
Let his high praise resound ;

From humble shrubs, and cedars high,
And vales and fields around.

9 Ye lions of the wood.

And tamer beasts that graze, —
Ye live upon his daily food.

And he expects your praise.

10 Ye birds of lofty wing.
On high his praises bear ;

Or sit on flowery boughs, and sing
Your Maker's glory there.

11 Ye creeping ants and worms,
His various wisdom show ;

And flies in all your shining swarms,
Praise him who dressed you so.

PSALM 149. 287

12 By all the earth-born race.
His honours be expressed : —

But saints, who know his heavenly grace,
Should learn to praise him best.


13 Monarchs of wide command,
Praise ye th' eternal King :

Judges, adore that sovereign hand,
Whence all your honours spring.

14 Let vigorous youth engage.
To sound his praises high :

While growing babes, and withering age,
Their feebler voices try.

15 United zeal be shown

His wondrous fame to raise :

God is the Lord : his name alone

Deserves our endless praise.

16 Let nature join with art.
And all pronounce him blest :

But saints, who dwell so near his heart,
Should sing his praises best.]

PSALM 149. C. M. Arundel [*]

The Saints judging the World.

1 A LL ye who love the Lord, rejoice,
j[\. And let your songs be new ;

Amidst the church, with cheerful voice,
His later wonders shew.

2 The Jews, the people of his grace.
Shall their Redeemer sing ;

And Gentile nations join the praise.
While Zion owns her King.

3 The Lord takes pleasure in the just.
Whom sinners treat with scorn :

The meek, who lie despised in dust.
Salvation shall adorn.

— 4 Saints should be joyful in their King,
Ev'n on a dying bed ;
And, like the souls in glory, sing :
For God shall raise the dead.

o 5 Then his high praise shall fill their tongues,
Their hands shall wield the sword •

2^ PSALM 150.

And vengeance shall attend their songs, —
The vengeance of the Lord.

6 When Christ his judgment seat ascends,
And bids the world appear,

Thrones are prepared for all his friends,
Who humbly loved him here.

7 [Then shall they rule, with iron rod,
Nations that dared rebel :

And join the sentence of their God,
On tyrants doomed to hell.

8 The royal sinners, bound in chains.
New triumphs shall afford :

Such honour for the saints remains : —
Praise ye and love the Lord.]

PSALM 150. C. M. Doxology, [*]

Ver. 1, 2, 6. A Song of Praise.

"N God's own house pronounce his praise ;
His grace he there reveals :
To heaven your joy and wonder raise ;
For there his glory dwells.

2 Let all your sacred passions move,
While you rehearse his deeds :

But the great work of saving love
Tour highest praise exceeds.

3 All that have motion, life, and breath,
Proclaim your Maker blest ;

Yet when my voice expires in death.
My soul shall praise him best.

L. M.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Be honour, praise, and glory given.
By all on earth and all in heaven.


C. M.

ET God,— the Father and the Son
And Spirit, — be adored ;
Where there are works to make him known,
Or saints to love the Lord.

C. M.

Where the tune includes two stanzas.

THE God of mercy be adored,
Who calls our souls from death ;
Who saves by his redeeming word,
And new creating breath.


To praise the Father and the Son,

And Spirit all divine, —
The One in Three, and Three in One, —

Let saints and angels join.


S. M.

"E angels round the throne.
And saints who dwell below.
Worship the Father, praise the Son,
And bless the Spirit too.

P. M.

NOW to the great and sacred Three
The Father, Son, and Spirit, be
Eternal praise and glory given —
Through all the worlds where God is known,
By all the angels near the throne,

And all the saints in earth and heaven.

P. M.

To God the Father's throne
Perpetual honours raise j
Glory to God the Son !
To God the Spirit praise !
With all our powers,
Eternal King,
Thy name we sing.
While faith adores.





HYMN 1. C. M. Devizes, St. Asaph's. [*]

A JVew Song to the Lamb that was slain.

Rev. V. 6, 8, 9, 10, 12.

1 TJEHOLD the glories of the Lamb,

Jj Amidst his Father's throne :
Prepare new honours for his name,

And songs, before unknown.

e 2 Let elders worship at his feet,
The church adore around ;
With vials full of odours sweet.
And harps of sweeter sound.

• — 3 Those are the prayers of all the saints,

And these the hymns they raise :
e Jesus is kind to our complaints,

He loves to hear our praise.

4 [Eternal Father, who shall look,

Into thy secret will ?
Who but the Son shall take that book,

And open every seal ?

-r^ He shall fulfill thy great decrees ;
The Son deserves it well :
Lo, in his hand the sovereign keys
Of heaven, and death, and hell !]

6 Now to the Lamb, that once was slain
Be endless blessings paid ;
Salvation, glory, joy, remain,
Forever, on thy head.

293 HYMN 2, 3. Book I.

d 7 Thou hast redeemed our souls with blood j
Hast set the prisoners free :
Hast made us kings and priests to God ;
And we shall reign with thee !

g 8 The worlds of nature and of grace
Are put beneath thy power :
Then shorten these delaying days,
And bring the promised hour.

HYMN 2. L. M. Castle Street. [*]

The Deity and Humanity of Christ. John i. 1, 3, 14;
Col. i. 16; and Eph. iii. 9, 10.

1 1,1 RE the blue heavens were stretched abroad,
Jl-A From everlasting was the Word ;

With God he was ; the Word was God I
And must divinely be adored.

2 By his own power were all things made j
By him supported, all things stand :

He is the whole creation's head,
And angels fly at his command.

3 [Ere sin was born, or Satan fell,
He led the host of morning stars :
Thy generation who can tell.

Or count the number of thy years ?]
p 4 But lo, he leaves those heavenly forms —

The Word descends and dwells in clay :

That he may hold converse with worms,

Dressed in such feeble flesh as they.
« 5 Mortals with joy beheld his face,

Th' eternal Father's only Son ;
e How full of truth ! how full of grace !

When through his eyes the Godhead shone !

g 6 Archangels leave their high abode,
To learn new mysteries here, and tell
The love of our descending God, —
The glories of Immanuel.

HYMN 3. S. M. St, Thomas's. [*]

The JVativity of Christ. Luke i. 30, &c. Luke ii. 10.

1 'I3EHOLD, the grace appears !
Jj The promise is fulfilled !
Mary, the wondrous virgin, bears,
And Jesus is the child !

Book I. HYMN 5. 293

2 [The Lord, the highest God,
Calls him his only Son :

He bids him rule the lands abroad,
And gives him David's throne.

3 O'er Jacob shall he reign.
With a peculiar sway :

The nations shall his grace obtain,
His kingdom ne'er decay.]

4 To bring the glorious news,
A heavenly form appears ;

He tells the shepherds of their joys.
And banishes their fears.

5 " Go, humble swains," said he,
" To David's city §y ;

" The promised Infant, born to-day,
" Does in a manger lie.

6 " With looks and kearts serene,
'■' Go visit Christ, your King : "

—And straight a flaming troop was seen j
The shepherds heard them sing : —

o 7 " Glory to God on high !

" And heavenly peace on earth j
" Good will to men, to angels joy,
" At the Redeemer's birth."

- — 8 [In worship so divine,

Let saints employ their tongues j
With the celestial host we join.

And loud repeat their songs ; —

g 9 " Glory to God on high !

" And heavenly pee^ce on earth ;
" Good will to men, to angels joy,
" At our Redeemer's birth."]

Hymn 4. Referred to 2d Psalm.

HYMN 5. CM. Canterbury. IsUof Wights
Submission to afflictive Providence. Job i. 21.

1 IVTAKED, as from the earth we came,

-1-1 And crept to life at first.
We to the earth return again.

And mingle with our dust.

e 2 The dear delights we here enjoy^
And fondly call our own,


294 HYMN 6, 7. Book I.

Are but short favours borrowed now,
To be repaid anon.

— 3 'Tis God, who lifts our comforts high,
Or sinks them in the grave ;
He gives — and (blessed be his name !)
He takes but what he gave.

a 4 Peace, all our angry passions, then.
Let each rebellious sigh
Be silent at his sovereign will,
And every murmur die.

o 5 If smiling mercy crown our lives,

Its praises shall be spread ;
€ And we'll adore the justice too,

That strikes our comforts dead.

HYMN 6. C. M. Sunday. [*]

Triumph over Death. Job xix. 25, 27.

>e 1 [/^ RE AT God, I own the sentence just,

VX And nature must decay ;
p I yield my body to the dust,
To dwell with fellow clay.

— 2 Yet faith may triumph o'er the grave,

And trample on the tombs ;
o My Jesus, ray Redeemer, lives,

My God, my Saviour comes.

o 3 The mighty Conqueror shall appear.
High on a royal seat ;
And Death, the last of all his foes.
Lie vanquished at his feet.

e 4 Though greedy worms devour my skin,

And gnaw my wasting flesh ;
—When God shall build my bones again,

He'll clothe them all afresh

o 5 Then shall I see thy lovely face.
With strong, immortal eyes ;
And feast upon thy unknown grace,
With pleasure and surprise.]

■ m

HYMN 7. C. M Sunday. [*]

Invitation of the Gospel. Isa. Iv. 1, 2, &e.

1 T ET every mortal ear attend,
.1 .i And every heart rejoice '


Book I. HYMN 8. 295

The trumpet of the gospel sounds,

With an inviting voice :
o 2 Ho ! all ye hungry, starving souls,

Who feed upon the wind, —
e And vainly strive, with earthly toys,

To fill an empty mind : —

o 3 Eternal wisdom has prepared

A soul- reviving feast ;
And bids your longing appetites

The rich provision taste.
o 4 Ho ! ye who pant for living streams,
e And pine away, and die ;
o Here you may quench your raging thirst

With springs that never dry.

o 5 Rivers of love, and mercy here,
In a rich ocean join ;
Salvation, in abundance, flows,
Like floods of milk and wine.
d 6 (Ye perishing and naked poor,
Who work with mighty pain,
To weave a garment of your own,
That will not hide your sin ; —

7 Come naked — and adorn your souls

In robes prepared by God ;
Wrought by the labours of his Son,

And dyed in his own blood.)

« 8 (Dear God ! the treasures of thy love
Are everlasting mines ;
Deep as our helpless miseries are.
And boundless as our sins !)

o 9 The happy gates of gospel grace

Stand open night and day :
—Lord, we are come to seek supplies,

And drive our wants avv^ay.

HYMN 8. C. M. Mear. [*]

The Safety of the Church. Isa. xxvi. 1, 6.

1 [TlirOW honourable is the place,

JLJL Where we adoring stand ;
Zion, the glory of the earth,
And beauty .of the land !

la 2 Bulwarks of mighty grace defend
The city where we dwell ;

296 HYMN 9. Book I.

The walls, of strong salvation made,
Defy th' assaults of hell,
s 3 Lifl up the everlasting gates,

The doors wide open fling ;
d Enter, ye nations, that obey
The statutes of our King.
o 4 Here shall you taste unmingled joys,
And live in perfect peace ;
You who have known Jehovah's name,
And ventured on his grace.
5 Trust in the Lord, forever trust,
And banish all your fears :
Strength in the Lord Jehovah dwells,
Eternal as his years.
d 6 What though the rebels" dwell on high ?
His arm shall bring them low :
Low as the caverns of the grave.

Their lofty heads shall bow.
7 On Babylon our feet shall tread.

In that rejoicing hour ;
The ruins of her walls shall spread
A pavement for the poor.]

HYMN 9. C. M. Zion. [*]
Proffered Grace. Isa. Iv. 1, 2 ; Zech. xiii. 1 ; Mic.

vii. 19 ; Ezek. xxxvi. 25, &c.
e 1 TN vain we lavish out our lives,
A To gather empty wind ;
The choicest blessings earth can yield,
Will starve a hungry mind.
o 2 Come — and the Lord shall feed our souls
With more substantial meat ;
With such as saints in glory love.
With such as angels eat.

—-3 Oar God will every want supply.

And fill our hearts with peace ;
He gives, by covenant and by oath.

The riches of his grace.
o 4 Come, and he'll cleanse our spotted souls,

And wash away our stains —
e In the dear fountain, that his Son —

Poured from his dying veins.
5 [Our guilt shall vanish all away,

Though black as Uell before ;

Book I. HYMN 10. 297

Our sins shall sink beneath the sea,
And shall be found no more.

6 And lest pollution should o'erspread

Our inward powers again,
His Spirit shall bedew our souls

Like purifying rain.]

d 7 Our heart, that flinty, stubborn thing,
That terrors cannot move, —
That fears no threatenings of his wrath —
Shall be dissolved by love.

— 8 Or he can take the flint away,
That would not be refined ;
And, from the treasures of his grace,
Bestow a softer mind.

9 There shall his sacred Spirit dwell.

And deep engrave his law ;
And every motion of our souls

To swift obedience draw.

o 10 Thus will he pour salvation down.

And we shall render praise ;
d We — the dear people of his love,

And He — our God of grace.

HYMN 10. S.M. Newton. St. Thomas' s.[*]

The Blessedness of Gospel Times. Isa. v. 2, 7, 8, 9
10 ; Matt. xiii. 16, 17.

1 "TTOW beauteous are their feet,
JIJL Who stand on Zion's hill !
Who bring salvation on their tongues.
And words of peace reveal !

b 2 How charming is their voice !

How sweet the tidings are !
o " Zion, behold thy Saviour — King,

" He reigns and triumphs here ! "

o 3 How happy are our ears,

That hear this joyful sound ! —
— Which kings and prophets waited for,

And sought but never found !

o 4 How blessed are our eyes,

That see this heavenly light !
e Prophets and kings desired it long.

But died without the sight !

298 HYMN 11, 12. Book I.

o 5 The watchmen join their voice,

And tuneful notes employ ;
Jerusalem breaks forth in songs,

And deserts learn the joy.

g 6 The Lord makes bare his arm,
Through all the earth abroad ;
JfjCt every nation now behold

Their Saviour and their God.

■ : TT rr . »

HYMN 11. L. M. Old Hundred. [*]

The Sovereignty, of Grace. Luke x. 21, 22.

1 r I iHERE was an hour when Christ rejoiced,

_L And spoke his joy in words of praise :
^' Father. I thank thee, mighty God,
" Lord of the earth, and heavens, and seas.

2 '' I thank thy sovereign power and love,
" That crowns my doctrine with success ;
" And makes the babes in knowledge learn

" The heights, and breadths, and lengths of grace.

3 " But all this glory lies concealed

" From men of prudence and of might ;
" The prince of darkness blinds their eyes,
" And their own pride resists the light.

4 '^ Father, 'tis thus, because thy will
^' Chose and ordained it should be so j
*' 'Tis thy delight t' abase the proud,
" And lay the haughty scorner low.

5 " There's none can know the Father right,
*• But those who learn it from the Son j

^' Nor can the Son be well received,

^' But where the Father makes him known."

6 Then let our souls adore our God,
Who deals his graces as he please ;
Nor gives to mortals an account,
Or of his actions, or decrees.

HYMN 12. C. M. St. Ann's. [*]

Free Grace in revealing Christ. Luke x. 21.

1 [ TESUS the man of constant grief,

«/ A mourner all his days, —
His spirit once rejoiced aloud,
And turned his joy to praise.

BookL HYMN 13, 14. 299

d 2 " Father, I thank thy wondrous lovCj
" That hath revealed thy Son
" To men unlearned ; and to babes
" Has made thy gospel known.

3 " The mysteries of redeeming grace

" Are hidden from the wise ;
" While pride and carnal reasonings join

" To swell and blind their eyes."

• — 4 Thus does the Lord of heaven and earth
His great decrees fulfill ;
And orders all his works of grace,
By his own sovereign will.]

HYMN 13. L. M. Castle Street. [*]

Tlie Son of God incarnate. Isa. ix. 2, 6, 7.

1 [r I iHE lands, that long iii darkness lay,
JL Now have beheld a heavenly light ;
Nations that sat in death's cold shade,

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