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CHURCH AND HER SERVICES
“Her foundations are upon the holy hills: the Lord loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Very excellent things are spoken of thee, thou city of God.”—Psalm lxxxvii. 1, 2.
THE CHURCH AND HER SERVICES.
The sonnets marked thus *, are added to those in the first two editions ; thus **, to those in the third ; thus ***, to those in the fourth.
I. TO MY COUNTRY'S CHURCH. As oft on thee, my country's CHURCH, I muse,
Thy firm apostolic, thy scripture creed,
Devotions pure, and rites divine, the seed Of heavenly graces, with what else may use The aspiring soul the better part to choose;
I marvel much and grieve that aught should breed
Ill thoughts of thee in Christian men, by deed
Was thine, and still thy sanctuaries I've trod
Of filial love, to thee, My Mother, owed; The stay and pillar of God's truth art thou,
And thou the temple of the living God.
IT. THE CHURCH APOSTOLIC. Some are there, nam'd of Christ, who think the" see
His power conferr'd on one vicegerent man:
And somie, who deem the scheme republican
The scripture records of God's will they scan,
From times primeval mark the self-same plan, Which still prevails, my country's Church in thee, Of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.-Peace to all,
Who serve their God in love and faith sincere, Howe'er they serve him! each must stand or fall
To his own Lord. For me, with godly fear And awe I listen to my Saviour's call,
And here I seek, and trust I find him here.
III. TRUE KNOWLEDGE.
Of lucre's sons to thread the mazy way?
Is it of civic rights, and royal sway, And wealth political, the depths to try? Is it to delve the earth, or soar the sky ?
To marshal nature's tribes in just array ?
To mix, and analyse, and mete, and weigh
Breed not vain glory. But o'er all to scan
Creation's wonders, and Redemption's plan; Whence came we, what to do, and whither go :
This is True KNOWLEDGE, and “the whole of man.”
IV.* THE NAME OF GOD.1
The power which made all living things that are?
Or dark or distant? The protecting care,
Which sleep impedes not, nor can time impair?
Appear'd the self-existing One indued
On all with awe they gaz'd; but most they viewed With deep delight his moral excellence,
Their being's source and stay, and call’d him “Good."
V. THE WORKS OF GOD.
TRACE nature's course; each step the Maker tells !
His majesty the glorious heavens declare ;
His all-pervading breath the expanded air;
Sentient or senseless, his providing care,
Wise, powerful, good, which form’d them as they are, And still preserves : a host of miracles, Unnumber'd, vast, unceasing! Look around!
Look to thyself, thy frame, thy soul: the sign,
Forecasting will, intelligent design;
With his own laws the Lawgiver divine.
* See Turner's History of the Anglo Saxons, vol. i. p. 212. 8vo.