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PRAISE TO GOD.
Begin the high celestial frain,
My ravilh'd soul, and fing
To Heaven's Almighty King.
Ye curling fountains, as you roll
Your silver waves along ; Whisper, to all your verdant shores,
The subject of my song.
Bear it, ye winds, on all your wings,
To diftant climes away, And round the wide-extended world,
The lofty theme convey.
Take the glad burden of his name,
Ye clouds, as you arise, Whether to deck the golden morn,
Or shade the evening ikios.
Long let it tremble round the spheres,
And echo through the sky; Till angels, with immortal skill,
Improve the harmony.
While we with sacred rapture fird,
The bless'd Creator fing;
To Heaven's Eternal King,
PRAISE TO THE REDEEMER,
our Redeemer's glorious name, Awake the facred fong! O may his love (immortal flame!)
Tune every heart and tongue.
His love, what mortal thought can reach
What mortal tongue display? Imagination's utmost stretch
In wonder dies away.
Let wonder still with love unite,
And gratitude and joy ; Jesus be our supreme delight,
His praise our best employ.
Jesus, who left his throne on high,
Left the bright realms of bliss, And came to earth to bleed and die !
Was ever love like this?
Dear Lord! while we adoring pay
Our humble thanks to thee; May every heart with rapture fay,
The Saviour dy'd for me !
O may the sweet, the blissful theme,
Fill every heart and tongue ;
And join the sacred song.
THE GLORIOUS PRESENCE OF CHRIST
O For a sweet inspiring ray,
To animate our feeble trains,
The blissful realms where Jesus reigns.
Adoring saints and angels fall ; And with delightful worship own
His smile their bliss, their heav'n, their all.
Immortal glories crown his head,
While tuneful hallelujahs rise ;
Through all th' assemblies of the skies,
To boundless rapture while they gaze ; Ten thousand thousand joyful tongues,
Resound his everlasting praise. There all the far rites of the Lamb,
Shall join, at last, the heav'nly choir ; O may the joy-inspiring theme,
Awake our faith and warm desire,
Dear Saviour, let thy Spirit seal
Our interest in that blissful place; Till death remove this mortal veil,
And we behold thy lovely face.
Inspire each lifeless tongue ;
Their influence to our song.
The wings of Faith shall soar, And all the charms of Paradise
Our raptur'd thoughts explore. Pleasures, unfully'd Aourish there,
Beyond the reach of time; Not blooming Eden (mild so fair,
In all her flowery prime. Sorrow, and pain, and every care,
And discord there shall cease ; And perfect joy, and love fincere,
Adorn the realms of peace. The foul from fin for ever free,
Shall mourn it's power no more ;
Redeeming love adore.
Th'exalted Saviour shines;
On all the heavenly minds !
Join in immortal songs,
And endless honours to his name
Employ their tuneful tongues.
Our feeble notes inspire ;
We join th' angelic choir.
What endless glory shines ?
For these celestial lines.
Exhaustless riches find;
And lasting as the mind.
And yields a free repast,
Invite the longing taste.
Spreads heavenly peace around;
Attend the blissful found.
My ever dear delight;
And fill increasing light.