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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Sacred Poems.
I. Psalm CIV. (“O worship the King”)
By Sir Robert Grant (1779–1838)
 
O WORSHIP the King
  All glorious above;
O gratefully sing
  His power and His Love;—
Our Shield and Defender,        5
  The Ancient of days,
Pavilioned in splendour,
  And girded with praise.
 
O tell of His might,
  O sing of His grace,        10
Whose robe is the light,
  Whose canopy space;
His chariots of wrath
  Deep thunder-clouds form,
And dark is His path        15
  On the wings of the storm.
 
The earth with its store
  Of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power
  Hath founded of old;        20
Hath stablish’d it fast
  By a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast,
  Like a mantle, the sea.
 
Thy bountiful care        25
  What tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air,
  It shines in the light;
It streams from the hills,
  It descends to the plain,        30
And sweetly distils
  In the dew and the rain.
 
Frail children of dust,
  And feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust,        35
  Nor find Thee to fail.
Thy mercies how tender!
  How firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender,
  Redeemer, and Friend!        40
 
O measureless might,
  Ineffable Love,
While Angels delight
  To hymn Thee above,
Thy humbler creation,        45
  Though feeble their lays,
With true adoration
  Shall lisp to Thy praise.
 
 
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