1 These all own thy paternal Care,
In thee they live and move and are!
The copius Good thy Hand bestows
Enjoy, and praise thee as it flows.
But thy blest Influence once withdrawn,
No more Joy, Light of Comfort dawn;
Dire Pain succeeds the sad Decay,
And Death demands his destin'd Prey.
2 Yet unimpair'd the Species all
Stand, while the Individuals fall;
Thy timely Care each Chasm supplies,
One rising as another dies.
hence thro' the whole Creation known,
Still shall thy Guardian Power be shown
Till as thy word devouring Flame
Consume the universal Frame.
3 Ev;n in the lov'd that dreadful Day
When Earth and Heav'n shall melt away,
Thou still, my soul, shalt sound abroad
Praise to thy Father, and thy God.
Praise thou the Lord; He is thy Friend,
The Cause of all Things and their End!
O'er Earth, Seas, Heav'n, let Time prevail!
The Rock thou build'st on, cannot fail.