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And though we turn us from thy face, And thou, O ever gracious Lord !
Wilt keep thy promise still,
We seek to do thy will.
Ne'er may we bow the knee
To idols, which our wayward hearts
Set up instead of thee!
Thy faithful people bless;
And heaven its happiness.
Spirit of the Psalms
D. E. Jones. 1845.
He with earthly cares entwineth 308. Safety in God.
Call the Lord thy sure salvation,
Rest beneath the Almighty's shade; God is wisdom, God is love.
In his secret habitation
Dwell, nor ever be dismayed. 307.
He careth for us.
There no tumult can alarm thee,
Thou shalt dread no hidden snare; Yes, with me, with me he shareth
Guile nor violence shall harm thee Every burden, every fear.
In eternal safeguard there.
He shall charge his angel legions Be our strength in hours of weakness;
Watch and ward o'er thee to keep, In our wanderings, be our guide; Though thou walk thro' hostile regions, Through endeavor, failure, danger, Though in desert wilds thou sleep. Father, be thou at our side!
Hymns of the Spirit. Since, with pure and firm affection,
Thou on God hast set thy love, 310. God is Love and Love Alone. With the wing of his protection
LORD and Father, great and holy; He shall shield thee from above.
Fearing naught, we come to thee;
Fearing naught, though weak and lowly, 309. The Prayer of Life.
For thy love has made us free. FATHER, hear the prayer we offer : By the blue sky bending o'er us,
Not for ease that prayer shall be ; By the green earth's flowery zone, But for strength, that we may ever Teach us, Lord, the angel chorus, Live our lives courageously.
Thou art love and love alone." Not for ever in green pastures
Though the worlds in flame should perish, Do we ask our way to be ;
Suns and stars in ruin fall, But the steep and rugged pathway Trust in thee our hearts should cherish, May we tread rejoicingly.
Thou to us be all in all. Not for ever by still waters
And though heavens thy name are praising, Would we idly quiet stay;
Seraphs hymn no sweeter tone, But would smite the living fountains Than the strain our hearts are raising, From the rocks along our way.
“ Thou art love and love alone."
ST. AGNES. C. M.
Rev. John Bacchus Dykes, 1868.
312. The Hour of Prayer. PRAYER is the soul's sincere desire, Thou Lord of life, whose tender care Uttered or unexpressed ;
Hath led us on till now ! The motion of a hidden fire,
We in this quiet hour of prayer That trembles in the breast.
Before thy presence bow.
Thou, blessed God! hast been our Guide, Prayer is the burden of a sigh,
Through life our Guard and Friend ; The falling of a tear;
Oh, still, on life's uncertain tide, The upward glancing of the eye,
Preserve us to the end! When none but God is near.
To thee our grateful praise we bring, Prayer is the simplest form of speech For mercies day by day: That infant lips can try;
Lord, teach our hearts thy love to sing, Prayer the sublimest strains that reach Lord, teach us how to pray ! The Majesty on high.
Hymns of the Spirit.
313. God our Guide. Prayer is the Christian's vital breath,
In secret paths, God leads us on The Christian's native air ;
To his divine abode, His watchword at the gates of death :
And shows new wonders of his love He enters heaven with prayer.
Through all the heavenly road. O Thou by whom we come to God, - The ways most rugged and perplexed The Life, the Truth, the Way!
He renders smooth and straight:
Even unto heaven's gate.