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1 IMMENSE! eternal, mighty Lord!
2 Dreadful thou wouldst appear;
3 Thy power with trembling awe ador'd,
4 If justice were severe.
5 But animated goodness beams
6 On our transported view;
7 Mild justice fills our grateful themes
8 With love and wonder too.
9 Not that thro' ages still the same,
10 Thy being takes its course;
11 Not that thy hand thro' nature's frame,
12 Impels with equal force:
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13 Not that thro' worlds and boundless space,
14 Is thine immense domain;
15 Not that thy knowledge all can trace,
16 And wisdom all ordain:
17 But that thy goodness shall endure,
18 Long as thyself shalt last;
19 That with thy power it rests secure,
20 Wide as thy reign is placed.
21 Omniscient to discern the best,
22 The fittest means to choose;
23 Of wisdom to contrive possest,
24 And boundless good diffuse.
25 With distant awe we view thy power;
26 Thy wisdom we admire;
27 But 'tis the goodness we adore,
28 Must love and hope inspire!


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Title (in Source Edition): THE GOODNESS OF GOD.
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. [232]-233. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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