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My soul with grateful thoughts of love

My soul with grateful thoughts of love
entirely is possessed,
Because the Lord vouchsafed to hear
the voice of my request.

Since he has now his ear inclined,
I never will despair;
But still in all the straits of life
to him address my pray'r.

With deadly sorrows compassed round,
with pains of hell oppressed,
When troubles seized my aching heart,
and anguish racked my breast;

On God's Almighty Name I called
and thus to him I prayed;
"Lord, I beseech thee, save my soul,
with sorrows quite dismayed."

How just and merciful is God!
how gracious is the Lord!
Who saves the harmless, and to me
does timely help afford.

Then, free from pensive cares, my soul,
resume thy wonted rest;
For God has wondrously to thee
his bounteous love expressed.

When death alarmed me, he removed
my dangers and my foes
My feet from falling he secured,
and dried my eyes from tears.

Therefore my life's remaining years,
which God to me shall lend,
Will I in praises to his Name,
and in his service spend.

In God I trusted, and of him
in greatest straits did boast;
(For, in my flight, all hopes of aid
from faithless men were lost.

Then what return to him shall I
for all his goodness make?
I'll praise his Name, and with glad zeal
the cup of blessing take.

I'll pay my vows amongst his saints,
whose blood (howe'er despised
By wicked men) in God's account
is always highly prized.

By various ties, O Lord, must I
to thy dominion bow;
Thy humble handmaid's son before,
thy ransomed captive now.

To thee I'll off'rings bring of praise;
and, whilst I bless thy Name,
The just performance of my vows
to all thy saints proclaim.

They in Jerusalem shall meet,
and in thy house shall join,
To bless thy Name with one consent,
and mix their songs with mine.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 116;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 116
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