Hymn of Nature.

—William B. O. Peabody.

GOD of the earth’s extended plains!
The dark green fields contented lie:
The mountains rise like holy towers,
Where man might commune with the sky:
The tall cliff challenges the storm
That lowers upon the vale below,
Where shaded fountains send their streams,
With joyous music in their flow.

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Matins.

—William H. Burleigh.

FOR the dear love that kept us through the night,
And gave our senses to sleep’s gentle sway,—
For the new miracle of dawning light
Flushing the east with prophecies of day.
We thank thee, O our God!

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Thou Art, O God.

—Thomas Moore.

THOU 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.

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Still With Thee.

—Harriet Beecher Stowe.

STILL, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
When the bird waketh and the shadows flee;
Fairer than morning, lovelier than the daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness,—I am with Thee!

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Praise To Nature’s God.

—James Hogg.

LAUDED be Thy name forever,—
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!

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God’s Love.

—M. H. Wetherbee. (Stone-Cutter.)

GOD’S Spirit smiles in flowers,
And in soft summer showers
He sends his love.
Each dew drop speaks his praise,
And bubbling fount displays,
In all their lucid rays,
Light from above.

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Psalm 148.

—The Psalmist.

The psalmist calls upon all creatures to praise God.

1.

PRAISE ye the LORD.
 
Praise ye the LORD from the heavens:
praise him in the heights.

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