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Bless God my soul thou Lord alone




Bless God, my soul; thou, Lord, alone
possessest empire without bounds;
With honor thou art crowned, thy throne
eternal majesty surrounds.


With light thou dost thyself enrobe,
and glory for a garment take;
Heav'n's curtains stretch beyond the globe,
thy canopy of state to make.


God builds on liquid air, and forms
his palace chambers in the skies;
The clouds his chariot are, and storms
the swift-winged steeds with which he flies.


As bright as flame, and swift as wind,
his ministers heaven's palace fill,
To have their sundry tasks assigned;
all proud to serve their sov'reign's will.


Earth on her center fixed he set,
her face with waters overspread,
Nor proudest mountains dared, as yet,
to lift above the waves their head.


But when thy awful face appeared,
th' insulting waves dispersed; they fled,
When once thy thunder's voice they heard,
and by their haste confessed their dread.


Thence up by secret tracks they creep,
and, gushing from the mountain's side,
Through rallies travel to the deep,
appointed to receive their tide.


There hast thou fixed the ocean's bounds,
the threat'ning surges to repel;
That they no more o'erpass the mounds,
nor to a second deluge swell.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1696,1821
      Bible Refs: Ps 104:1-9;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 104
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