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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
 
IV. Sabbath: Worship: Creed
“Amazing, beauteous change”
Philip Doddridge (1702–1751)
 
AMAZING, beauteous change!
A world created new!
My thoughts with transport range,
The lovely scene to view;
    In all I trace,        5
    Saviour divine,
    The word is thine,—
    Be thine the praise!
 
See crystal fountains play
Amidst the burning sands;        10
The river’s winding way
Shines through the thirsty lands;
    New grass is seen,
    And o’er the meads
    Its carpet spreads        15
    Of living green.
 
Where pointed brambles grew,
Intwined with horrid thorn,
Gay flowers, forever new,
The painted fields adorn,—        20
    The blushing rose
    And lily there,
    In union fair,
    Their sweets disclose.
 
Where the bleak mountain stood        25
All bare and disarrayed,
See the wide-branching wood
Diffuse its grateful shade;
    Tall cedars nod,
    And oaks and pines,        30
    And elms and vines
    Confess thee God.
 
The tyrants of the plain
Their savage chase give o’er,—
No more they rend the slain,        35
And thirst for blood no more;
    But infant hands
    Fierce tigers stroke,
    And lions yoke
    In flowery bands.        40
 
O, when, Almighty Lord!
Shall these glad things arise,
To verify thy word,
And bless our wandering eyes?
    That earth may raise,        45
    With all its tongues,
    United songs
    Of ardent praise.
 
 
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