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In Praise of God the Maker of All.  Psalm 104(v103)

1Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, thou art very great!
Thou art clothed with honor and majesty,
2who coverest thyself with light as with a garment,
who hast stretched out the heavens like a tent,
3who hast laid the beams of thy chambers on the waters,
who makest the clouds thy chariot,
who ridest on the wings of the wind,
4who makest the winds thy messengers,
fire and flame thy ministers.

5Thou didst set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be shaken.
6Thou didst cover it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7At thy rebuke they fled;
at the sound of thy thunder they took to flight.
8The mountains rose,
the valleys sank down
to the place which thou didst appoint for them.
9Thou didst set a bound which they should not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.

10Thou makest springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills,
11they give drink to every beast of the field;
the wild asses quench their thirst.
12By them the birds of the air have their habitation;
they sing among the branches.
13From thy lofty abode thou waterest the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy work.

14Thou dost cause the grass to grow for the cattle,
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth,
15and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine,
and bread to strengthen man's heart.
16The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted.
17In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the badgers.
19Thou hast made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
20Thou makest darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep forth.
21The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.
22When the sun rises,
they get them away and lie down in their dens.
23Man goes forth to his work
and to his labor until the evening.

24O LORD, how manifold are thy works!
In wisdom hast thou made them all;
the earth is full of thy creatures.
25Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with things innumerable,
living things both small and great.
26There go the ships, and Leviathan
which thou didst form to sport in it.

27These all look to thee,
to give them their food in due season.
28When thou givest to them, they gather it up;
when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good things.
29When thou hidest thy face, they are dismayed;
when thou takest away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30When thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created;
and thou renewest the face of the ground.

31May the glory of the LORD endure for ever,
may the LORD rejoice in his works,
32who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD.
35Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the LORD, O my soul!

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