Words: Brady and Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David
1 The heav'ns declare thy glory, Lord, which that alone can fill; The firmament and stars express their great Creator's skill. 2 The dawn of each returning day fresh beams of knowledge brings; From darkest night's successive rounds divine instruction springs. 3 Their pow'rful language to no realm or region is confined; 'Tis nature's voice, and understood alike by all mankind. 4 Their doctrine does its sacred sense through earth's extent display; Whose bright contents the circling sun does round the world convey. 5 No bridegroom, for his nuptials dressed, has such a cheerful face; No giant does like him rejoice to run his glorious race. 6 From east to west, from west to east, his restless course he goes; And through his progress cheerful light and vital warmth bestows.
The Second Part.
7 God's perfect law converts the soul, reclaims from false desires; With sacred wisdom his sure word the ignorant inspires. 8 The statutes of the Lord are just, and bring sincere delight; His pure commands, in search of truth, assist the feeblest sight. 9 His perfect worship here is fixed, on sure foundations laid; His equal laws are in the scales of truth and justice weighed. 10 Of more esteem than golden mines, or gold refined with skill; More sweet than honey, or the drops that from the comb distil. 11 My trusty counselors they are, and friendly warnings give; Divine rewards attend on those who by thy precepts live. 12 But what frail man observes how oft he does from virtue fall? O cleanse me from my secret faults, thou God that know'st them all. 13 Let no presumptuous sin, O Lord, dominion have o'er me; That, by thy grace preserved, I may the great transgression flee. 14 So shall my pray'r and praises be with thy acceptance blest; And I, secure on thy defense, my strength and Savior, rest.