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6 In all thy ways, we humbly own

Thy providential power,
Intrusting to thy care, alone,

The lot of every hour.

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COWPER. Light shining out of Darkness. 1 GOD moves in a mysterious way,

His wonders to perform ;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,

And rides upon the storm. 2 Deep in unfathomable mines

Of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,

And works his sovereign will.
3 Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take

e ; The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break

In blessings on your head.
4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,

But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence

He hides a smiling face.
5 His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower. 6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,

And scan his work in vain ;
God is his own interpreter,

And he will make it plain.

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WATTS. The Darkness of Providence. 1 LORD, we adore thy vast designs,

The obscure abyss of Providence, Too deep to sound with mortal lines,

Too dark to view with feeble sense. 2 Now thou array'st thine awful face

In angry frowns, without a smile ; We through the cloud believe thy grace,

Secure of thy compassion still. 3 Through seas and storms of deep distress

We sail by faith, and not by sight; Faith guides us in the wilderness,

Through all the briers and the night. 4 Dear Father, if thy lifted rod

Resolve to scourge us here below, Still we must lean upon our God;

Thine arm shall bear us safely through.

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WATTS. The Book of God's Decrees. 1 LET the whole race of creatures lie

Abased before their God: Whate'er his sovereign voice has formed

He governs with a nod.
2 Ten thousand ages ere the skies

Were into motion brought,
All the long years and worlds to come

Stood present to his thought.

3 If light attend the course I

run,
'Tis he provides those rays;
And 'tis his hand that hides my sun,

If darkness cloud my days.
4 Yet I would not be much concerned,

Nor vainly long to see
The volumes of his deep decrees

What months are writ for me.
5 When he reveals the book of life,

O, may I read my name
Amongst the chosen of his love,

The followers of the Lamb !

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Watts. Melancholy removed. Ps. 126. 1 WHEN God revealed his gracious name,

And changed my mournful state, My rapture seemed a pleasing dream,

The grace appeared so great.
2 The world beheld the glorious change,

And did thy hand confess;
My tongue broke out in unknown strains,

And sung surprising grace. 3 “Great is the work,” my neighbors cried,

And owned the power divine ;
“Great is the work,” my heart replied,

“And be the glory thine.”
4 The Lord can clear the darkest skies,

Can give us day for night,
Make drops of sacred sorrow rise

To rivers of delight.

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5 Let those that sow in sadness wait

Till the fair harvest come; They shall confess their sheaves are great,

And shout the blessings home.

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WATTS. Sickness healed and Sorrow removed. Ps. 30. 1 I WILL extol thee, Lord, on high ;

At thy command diseases fly :
Who but a God can speak and save

From the dark borders of the grave? 2 Sing to the Lord, ye saints of his,

And tell how large his goodness is ;
Let all your powers rejoice, and bless

While you record his holiness. 3 His anger but a moment stays;

His love is life and length of days;
Though grief and tears the night employ,
The morning star restores the joy.

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DODDRIDGE.
God's Care a Remedy for ours.
1 HOW gentle God's commands !

How kind his precepts are ! " Come, cast your burdens on the Lord,

And trust his constant care."
2 While Providence supports,

Let saints securely dwell;
That hand, which bears all nature up,

Shall guide his children well.

3 Why should this anxious load

Press down your weary mind?
Haste to your heavenly Father's throne,

And sweet refreshment find. 4 His goodness stands approved

Down to the present day;
I'll drop my burden at his feet,

And bear a song away.

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J. FAWCETT. " As thy Day, so shall thy Strength be.1 AFFLICTED saint, to God draw near;

Thy Father's gracious promise hear;
His faithful word declares to the

That “as thy day, thy strength shall be." 2 Let not thy heart despond, and say,

“How shall I stand this trying day?He has engaged, by firm decree,

That “as thy day, thy strength shall be." 3 Thy faith is weak, thy foes are strong;

And if the conflict should be long,
The Lord will make the tempter flee;

For “as thy day, thy strength shall be." 4 When called by him to bear the cross,

Or sore affliction, pain, or loss,
Or deep distress and poverty,

Still "as thy day, thy strength shall be.” 5 When death at length appears in view,

His presence shall thy fears subdue ;
He comes to set thy spirit free;
And “as thy day, thy strength shall be.” '

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