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God! our support and only hope,

Our help for ever near !
Thy mercy keeps our spirits up

In all we see or fear.

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Thy counsels, LORD! shall guide our fect

Through this dark wilderness ; Thine hand conduct us near thy scat,

To dwell before thy face.

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No blessing equal to thy love

We through creation see :
On earth beneath, in heav'n above,

Whom have we, LORD! but thee?

IV

The man, who far from thee removes,

Shall find his comforts die ; Not all the vanities he loves

Can peace or hope supply.

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But to draw near, my God! to thee,

Will prove our best employ ; In life our sweetest pleasure be,

In death our only joy.

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With ardour l'll thy favour seek;

O let me never stray From thy commands, O God of love!

Nor tread the sinner's way.

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Thy word I'll store within my heart,

To keep my mind serene, And be an everlasting guard

From ev'ry rising sin,

III

My heart, with sacred rev'rence, hears

The threat’nings of thy word ; My anxious mind, with trembling, fears

Thy judgments, O my LORD.

IV

O GOD! resign'd, I'll hope and wait

For thy salvation still ;
While thy whole law is my delight,

And I obey thy will.

RESIGNATION TO AND RELIANCE UPON GOD.

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WHATE'ER thy providence denies

I calmly would resign, For thou art just, and good, and wise :

O bend my will to thine!

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Whate'er thy sov'reign will ordains,

O give me strength to bear; Still let me know a father reigns,

And trust a father's care.

III

If pain and sickness rend this frame,

And life almost depart;
Is not thy mercy still the same

To cheer my drooping heart?

IV

Thy ways, great GOD! are little known

To my weak erring sight;
Yet shall my heart, believing, own

That all thy ways are right.

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My God! my father ! blissful name!

Beyond expression dear!
If thou accept my humble claim,

I take my leave of fear.

ACQUIESCENCE IN THE WILL OF GOD.

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Author of good, we rest on thee :

Thine ever watchful cye Alone our real wants can sec,

Thy hand alone supply.

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0! let thy fear within us dwell,

Thy love our footsteps guide; That love shall vainer loves expel,

That fear, all fears beside.

III

And when, by passion's force misled,

Too oft, by stubborn will,
We blindly shun the latent good,

And grasp the specious ill :

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Not what we wish, but what we want,

Let mercy still supply;
The good unask’d, o father ! grant;

The ill, though ask'd, deny.

SUBMISSION TO GOD.

I

O LORD! my best desires fulfil,

And help me to resign
Life, health, and comfort, to thy will,

And make thy pleasure mine.

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Why should I shrink at thy command, Whose love forbids my

fears ; Or tremble at thy gracious hand,

That wipes away my tears ?

III

No, let me rather freely yield ,

What most I prize, to thee ; Who never hast a good withheld,

Or wilt withhold from me.

IV

Wisdom and mercy guide my way;

Shall I resist them both ? Short-sighted creature of a day,

And crush'd before the moth!

But ah! my heart within me cries,

Still bind me to thy sway ; Else the next cloud that veils the skies

Drives all these thoughts away.

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