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4 Ye wheels of nature, speed your course!

Ye mortal powers, decay!
Fast as ye bring the night of death,

Ye bring eternal day.

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Praise for the mercies of the revolving year.

Ps. Ixv, 11.
1 ETERNAL Source of every joy!

Praise shall our hearts and lips employ,
While in thy temple we appear,

Whose goodness crowns the circling year. 2 Wide as the wheels of nature roll,

Thy hand supports and guides the whole;
The sun is taught by Thee to rise;

Darkness by Thee to veil the skies.
3 Seasons, and months, and weeks, and days,

Demand successive songs of praise;
Oh! be the grateful homage paid,

With morning light, and evening shade:
4 Here in thy house let incense rise,

As circling Sabbaths bless our eyes,
Till to those glorious realms we soar,
Where days and years revolve no more.

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Job xvi, 22. Ps. xxxix, 4. 1 REMARK, my soul, the narrow bounds

Of the revolving year! How swift the weeks complete their rounds!

How short the months appear! 2 So fast eternity comes on,

And that important day,
When all that mortal life has done

God's judgment shall survey.
3 Waken, O God! my trifling heart

Its great concern to see;
That I may act the Christian's part,

And give the year to Thee.
4 So shall their course more grateful roll,

If future years arise;
Or this shall bear my happy soul

To joy that never dies. 364

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Uncertainty of Life.
Prov. xxvii, 1. Isa. xxviii, 15. Zech. 1, 5.
1 God of our life! thy constant care

With blessing crowns the op'ning year;
This transient state Thou dost prolong,
And wake anew our annual song.

2 How many kindred souls are fled

To swell the millions of the dead,
Since from this day the changing sun

Through his last yearly course has run! 3 We yet survive; but who can say,

Or through the year, or month, or day,
We shall retain this vital breath,

Thus far at least in league with death? 4 That breath is thine, eternal God!

'Tis thine to fix our soul's abode;
We hold our life from Thee alone,

On earth, or in the world unknown. 5 To Thee our spirits we resign;

Make them and own them still as thine;
So shall we smile, secure from fear,

Though death should blast the rising year. 365

D.7's. Life but a dream.

Ps. xc, 9.
1 WHILE with ceaseless course the sun

Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,

Never more to meet us here:
Fix'd in an eternal state,

They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,

But how little none can know,

2 As the winged arrow flies

Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies

Darts, and leaves, no trace behird;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days

Bear us down life's rapid stream;
Upwards, Lord ! our spirits raise;

All below is but a dream.
3 Thanks for mercies past receive;

Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us henceforth how to live

With eternity in view:
Bless thy word to young and old;

Fill us with a Saviour's love;
And, when life's short tale is told,

May we dwell with Thee above. 366

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God our Guardian through the year.
Gen. xvii, 7. Deut. xi, 12. Josh. iii, 4.
1 Great God! we sing that mighty hand,

By which supported still we stand:
The op’ning year thy mercy shows;

Let mercy crown it till the close.
2 By day, by night, at home, abroad,

Still we are guarded by our God;
By his incessant bounty fed ;
By his unerring counsel led.

3 With grateful hearts the past we own;

The future, all to us unknown,
We to thy guardian care commit,

And peaceful leave before thy feet. 4 In scenes exalted or depressid,

Thou art our joy, and Thou our rest;
Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,

Adored through all our changing days. 5 When death shall interrupt these songs,

And seal in silence mortal tongues,
Unchanging God! thy love shall be

Our theme throughout eternity. 367

C.M. A new year's song of praise.

Isa, xlvi, 3, 4,
1 God of our life! thy various praise

Let mortal voices sound;
Thy hand revolves our fleeting days,

And brings the seasons round.
2 To Thee shall annual incense rise,

Our Father and our Friend;
While annual mercies from the skies

In genial streams descend.
3 In every scene of life, thy care,

In every age, we see;
And constant as thy favours are,

So let our praises be.

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