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1 INFINITE Wisdom! nature's source
2 Whate'er thy hand has wrought,
3 Each in its rank pursues its course,
4 By thee divinely taught.
5 Thy heavens in dazzling beauty shine,
6 And silent order move;
7 And still fulfilling thy design,
8 Their Maker's wisdom prove.
9 Nor needs the eye of man to soar
10 Beyond his own abode;
11 Whate'er its search can there explore,
12 Proclaims alike a God.
13 Earth fill'd with life, with beauty dress'd,
14 Thy wisdom's work and care;
15 Whilst Man, its lord, high o'er the rest,
16 Appears a wonder there.
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17 His curious frame, more curious mind,
18 His heart, with feeling fraught;
19 By heavenly wisdom were design'd,
20 And wonderfully wrought.
21 God not to lower being gave,
22 Reason, man's suited guide;
23 But order'd instinct there to save,
24 Where reason was denied.
25 Upon thy wisdom, mighty lord,
26 Shall thy creation rest;
27 It safe protection can afford,
28 And still contrives the best.
29 Its means are sure, its end is right,
30 In each unerring plan;
31 Thro' all thy works it beams its light,
32 Upon the mind of man.
33 Oh may these thoughts possess my mind,
34 Inspire my hope and trust;
35 Since whatsoever God design'd,
36 Is wisest, best, most just.


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Title (in Source Edition): WISDOM.
Author: Eliza Day
Genres: hymn

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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. [230]-231. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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