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27. GOD'S PRESENCE IN NATURE.

THOU

HOU art, O God! the life and light

Of all this wondrous world we see:
Its glow by day, its smile by night,
Are but reflections caught from thee.
Where'er we turn, thy glories shine ;
And all things fair and bright are thine.

When Day with farewell-beam delays
Among the opening clouds of even,
And we can almost think we gaze
Through golden vistas into heaven,
Those hues that make the sun's decline
So soft, so radiant, Lord, are thine.

When youthful Spring around us breathes,
Thy Spirit warms her fragrant sigh;
And every

flower the Summer wreathes
Is born beneath thy kindling eye.
Where'er we turn, thy glories shine ;
And all things fair and bright are thine.

Thomas Moore. 28. PRAISE TO NATURE'S GOD.

Thou of life the guard and giver !
Thou who slumberest not, nor sleepest,
Blest are they Thou kindly keepest.
God of stillness and of motion,
Of the rainbow and the ocean,
Of the mountain, rock, and river,
Lauded be thy name forever!

God of evening's peaceful ray,
God of every dawning day
Rising from the distant sea,
Breathing of eternity, -
Thine the flaming sphere of light,
Thine the darkness of the night:
God of life, that fade shall never,
Glory to thy name forever!

James Hogg.

29. OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.

OLY, holy, holy Lord !

In the highest heaven adored,
Dwelling with the loving heart,
Truly thou our Father art.
From thy love our spirits came :
Lather, hallowed be thy name!

In our spirits may we feel
Filial love, thy Spirit's seal :
Then, in all our want or wealth,
Joy or sorrow, pain or health,
Still our prayer shall be the same,
“ Father, hallowed be thy name!”

Living near to thee alway,
Thy command may we obey;
Gladly by thy hand be led;
Seek from thee our daily bread;
While our daily prayer we frame, -
“Father, hallowed be thy name!”

30. GOD IS LOVE, AND LOVE ALONE.

ORD and Father, great and holy,

Fearing nought, we come to thee; Fearing nought, though weak and lowly;

For thy love has made us free. By the blue sky bending o'er us,

By the green earth's flowery zone, Teach us, Lord, the angel-chorus,

“ Thou art love, and love alone.”

Though the worlds in flame should perish,

Suns and stars in ruin fall, Trust in thee our hearts should cherish;

Thou to us be all in all.

And, though heaven thy name is praising,

Seraphs hymn no sweeter tone Than the strain our hearts are raising, “Thou art love, and love alone!”

F. W. Farrar.

31. FOUNTAIN OF DIVINE LOVE.

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ET us sing the praise of Love!

Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove,
Bringing on its blessed wings
Life to all created things.
Wheresoe'er its light is shed,
Sorrow lifts its drooping head;
And the tears of grief that start
Turn to sunshine in the heart.

Love Divine ! all things are thine;
Every creature seeks thy shrine;
And thy boundless blessings fall
With an equal love on all.

Let us sing the praise of Love,
Everywhere, — around, above;
Watching with its starry eyes
From the blue of boundless skies ;
Heeding when the lowly call;
Mindful of a sparrow's fall;
Writing on the flower-wreathed sod,
“God is love, and love is God.”

Love Divine ! all things are thine;
Every creature seeks thy shrine;
And thy boundless blessings fall
With an equal love on all.

Let us sing the praise of Love,
Fairest of all things above:
How its blessed sunshine lies
In the light of loving eyes !
And, when words are all too weak,
How its deeds of mercy speak !
They who learn to love aright
Pass from darkness into light.

Love Divine! all things are thine;
Every creature seeks thy shrine;
And thy boundless blessings fall
With an equal love on all.

Let us sing the praise of Love!
Shepherd of the lambs above,
Nothing can forbid that we
Come in trusting love to thee.
Fold us closely to thy heart;
Make us of thyself a part:
All the heaven our souls have known
We have found in thee alone.

Love Divine! all things are thine;
Every creature seeks thy shrine;
And thy boundless blessings fall
With an equal love on all.

Manual of d. J. Daris.

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