God of the morning, at whose voice

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'God of the morning, at whose voice' is a hymn by Isaac Watts, published as Hymn 79 in Book 1 of his Hymns and Spiritual Songs.

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1  God of the morning, at whose voice
The chearful sun makes haste to rise,
And like a giant doth rejoice
To run his journey thro' the skies.

2  From the fair chambers of the East
The circuit of his race begins,
And without weariness or rest
Round the whole earth he flies and shines;

3  Oh, like the sun, may I fulfil
Th'appointed duties of the day,
With ready mind and active will
March on and keep my heav'nly way.

4  But I shall rove and lose the race,
If God, my sun, shall disappear,
And leave me in this world's wild maze,
To follow ev'ry wand'ring star.

5  Lord, thy commands are clean and pure,
Enlight'ning our beclouded eyes;
Thy threat'nings just, thy promise sure,
Thy gospel makes the simple wise.

6  Give me thy counsel for my guide,
And then receive me to thy bliss;
All my desires and hopes beside
Are faint and cold, compar'd with this.

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