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But still the vast unfathomed main of

But still the vast unfathomed main
of wonders a new scene supplies;
Whose depths inhabitants contain
of ev'ry form and ev'ry size.

Full-freighted ships from ev'ry port
there cut their unmolested way;
Leviathan, whom there to sport
thou mad'st, has compass there to play.

These various troops of sea and land
in sense of common want agree:
All wait on thy dispensing hand,
and have their daily alms from thee.

They gather what thy stores disperse,
without their trouble to provide:
Thou op'st thy hand, the universe,
the craving worm, is all supplied.

Thou for a moment hid'st thy face,
the num'rous ranks of creatures mourn;
Thou tak'st their breath, all nature's race
forthwith to mother earth return.

Again thou send'st thy Spirit forth
t' inspire the mass with vital seed;
Nature's restored, and parent earth
smiles on her new-created breed.

Thus through successive ages stands,
firm fixed, thy providential care;
Pleased with the work of thy own hands,
thou dost the wastes of time repair.

One look of thine, one wrathful look,
earth's panting breast with terror fills;
One touch from thee, with clouds of smoke
in darkness shrouds the proudest hills.

In praising God, while he prolongs
my breath, I will that breath employ;
And join devotion to my songs,
sincere as is in him my joy.

While sinners from earth's face are hurled,
my soul, praise thou his holy Name,
Till with my song the list'ning world
join concert, and his praise proclaim.

marker 99
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Dates: 1696,1821
      Bible Refs: Ps 104:25-35;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 104
      Name: LOUVAN
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
        Dates: 1850
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