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Beset with snares on every hand In life




Beset with snares on every hand.
In life's uncertain path I stand;
Saviour divine, diffuse thy light,
To guide my doubtful footsteps right.


Engage this roving, treacherous heart,
To fix on Christ the better part;
To scorn the trifles of a day,
For joys that none can take away.


Then let the wildest storms arise;
Let tempests mingle earth and skies;
No fatal shipwreck shall I fear,
But all my treasures with me bear.


If thou, my Jesus, will be nigh,
Cheerful I live, and joyful die;
Secure, when mortal comforts flee,
To find ten thousand worlds in thee.


---Alternative verses---


Beset with snares on ev'ry hand.
In life's uncertain path I stand;
Father divine, diffuse thy light,
To guide my doubtful footsteps right.


Engage this roving, treacherous heart,
Wisely to choose the better part;
To scorn the trifles of a day,
For joys that none can take away.


Oh, make each roving, treacherous, heart,
Wisely to choose the better part;
Scorning the trifles of a day,
For joys that none can take away.


Engage this roving, treacherous heart,
To fix on Mary's better part;
To scorn the trifles of a day,
For joys that none can take away.


Then let the wildest storms arise;
Let tempests mingle earth and skies;
No fatal shipwreck shall I fear,
But all my treasures with us bear.


If thou, blessed Saviour, still art nigh,
Cheerful we live, and cheerful die;
Secure, when mortal comforts flee,
To find eternal joys in thee.


If thou, my Father, will be nigh,
Cheerful I live, and joyful die;
Secure, when mortal comforts flee,
To find ten thousand worlds in thee.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1755
      Bible Refs: Lk 10:38-42;
      MUSIC
      Name: HEBRON
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1830
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