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Thou holdest Thy blessings hovering over our heads, still watching the time when we are fit to receive them.
Then Thou immediately sendest them down upon us to enter our hearts, and dwell with us for ever.
Even that very temper which thus disposes us, entirely depends on the favour of Thy providence;
Every condition Thou requirest on our part being nothing else but Thine own free gift.
Thy mercy alone is the fountain of all our blessings, and in what channel soever they flow to us, they spring from Thee.
Thou art the God of nature and reason'; Thou art the God of grace and religion.
Give, gracious God, what Thou art pleased to command, and then command what Thou pleasest.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. AMEN.
O GOD, who art ever present to all that
Thou hast made, still watching to improve us, as we grow fit for greater bounty : Keep, we beseech Thee, our eyes continually fixed on Thine over us, at once awfully checking our inclination to folly, and tenderly encouraging our pursuit of true good. Make us always feel ourselves under Thy sure protection in our dangers, and within free reach of Thy glorious ear for whatever good we faithfully ask, and use our just endeavours, according to Thy discipline, to attain; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son. AMEN.
HYMN. COME let's adore the gracious hand
That brought us to this light; That gave His angels strict command
To be our guard this night.
When we laid down our weary head,
And sleep sealed up our eye, They stood and watched about our bed
And let no harm come nigh.
Now we are up they still go on,
And guide us through the day; They never leave their charge alone
Whate'er besets our way.
And O my soul, how many snares
Lie spread before our feet ! In all our joys, in all our cares,
Some danger still we meet.