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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
VII. “Oh, give thanks to Him who made”
By Josiah Conder (1789–1855)
OH, give thanks to Him who made
Morning light and evening shade;
Source and Giver of all good,
Nightly sleep and daily food;
Quickener of our wearied powers,        5
Guard of our unconscious hours.
Oh, give thanks to Nature’s King,
Who made every breathing thing:
His, our warm and sentient frame,
His, the mind’s immortal flame:        10
Oh, how close the ties that bind
Spirits to the Eternal Mind!
Oh, give thanks with heart and lip,
For we are His workmanship;
And all creatures are His care:        15
Not a bird that cleaves the air
Falls unnoticed; but who can
Speak the Father’s love to man!
Oh, give thanks to Him who came
In a mortal, suffering frame,—        20
Temple of the Deity,—
Came, for rebel man to die;
In the path Himself hath trod,
Leading back His saints to God.

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