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Will come to judge the earth, to vindicate
His justice and his truth, to break the chain
Of Nature's bondage,come to renovate
Creation, and for evermore to reign!
HAD not the Lord been on my side,
How oft his saints may say!
Had not the Lord been nigh to save,
When troubles, like a tide,
Came in upon me, wave on wave,
Then had the deluge wide
O’erwhelm’d me: then without control,
The waters had
Blessed be God! my prayer he heard,
And harmless grew my foes.
On joyful wing arose.
I will extol thy name, O God, my king :
For ever will I bless Thee. Day by day Shall my glad lips Thy daily goodness sing;
To Thee an everlasting tribute pay.
Great is the Lord, unfathomably great :
Exalted as his greatness be his praise. Oh, teach it to your children, and relate
His deeds of might, the goodness of his ways.
Tell of Jehovah's glorious majesty;
Tell of his power that spread the heavens abroad ; Tell of the flaming mount, the parting sea,
How earth, and sea, and heaven obeyed their God.
Tell of the bread from heaven that daily fell ;
The new-born spring that made the desart glad; The mystic guide, that constant miracle,
A cloud by day, by night with glory clad.
Gracious and merciful is God: how slow
To anger, and how ready to forgive !
His bounty is the life of all that live.
Thee, all thy works, Maker omnipotent,
Through all the various realms of nature praise : Thee, all thy saints, with voice intelligent
Adoring, sing the wonders of thy ways.
Oh, let them to an impious world proclaim
That glory, power, and government are Thine;
Till earth confess the terrors of thy name,
And kings to Thee their shadowy crowns resign.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting reign ;
For ever Thy dominion must extend; The universe Thy infinite domain,
Enduring till eternity shall end.
Our God is faithful: every word must stand.
Nor can He change, nor can His promise fail. The Lord upholds the falling : his own hand
Raises the prostrate, and supports the frail.
On Thee all creatures wait. Lord, Thou suppliest
The beasts with food. They cry in their distress: Thou openest Thy hand, and satisfiest
The wants of all that live with plenteousness.
The Lord is righteous, merciful as just,
Holy as merciful. The Lord is nigh
To all that call upon Him as their trust:
He will deliver, nor despise their cry.
No harm can reach His children: they shall see
The wicked perish, and adore his ways. My heart shall still, O God, exult in Thee :
Let every tongue swell Thine eternal praise !
Sun by day, and moon by night,
Waters poised in purest air,