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I'll celebrate thy praises Lord who did

I'll celebrate thy praises, Lord,
who didst thy pow'r employ
To raise my drooping head, and check
my foes insulting joy.

In my distress, I cried to thee,
who kindly didst relieve,
And from the grave's expecting jaws
my hopeless life retrieve.

Thus to his courts, ye saints of his,
with songs of praise repair;
With me commemorate his truth,
and providential care.

His wrath has but a moment's reign,
his favor no decay;
Your night of grief is recompensed
with joy's returning day.

But I in prosp'rous days presumed;
no sudden change I feared,
Whilst in my sunshine of success
no low'ring cloud appeared.

But soon I found thy favor, Lord,
my empire's only trust;
For when thou hid'st thy face, I saw
my honor laid in dust.

Then, as I vainly had presumed,
my error I confessed;
And thus, with supplicating voice,
thy mercy's throne addressed:

"What profit is there in my blood,
congealed by death's cold night?
Can silent ashes speak thy praise,
thy wondrous truth recite?"

"Hear me, O Lord; in mercy, hear:
thy wonted aid extend;
Do thou send help, on whom alone
I can for help depend."

'Tis done! Thou hast my mournful scene
to songs and dances turned;
Invested me with robes of state,
who late in sackcloth mourned.

Exalted thus, I'll gladly: sing
thy praise in grateful verse;
And, as thy favors endless are,
Thy endless praise rehearse.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 30;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 30
      Name: ARLINGTON
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        Dates: 1762,1784
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