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Be gracious to thy servant Lord do thou

Be gracious to thy servant, Lord,
do thou my life defend,
That I, according to thy word,
my future time may spend.

Enlighten both my eyes and mind,
that so I may discern
The wondrous things which they behold,
who thy just precepts learn.

Though like a stranger in the land
from place to place I stray,
Thy righteous judgments from my sight
remove not thou away.

My fainting soul is almost pined,
with earnest longing spent,
Whilst always on the eager search
of thy just will intent.

Thy sharp rebuke shall crush the proud,
whom still thy curse pursues;
Since they to walk in thy right ways
presumptuously refuse.

But far from me do thou, O Lord,
contempt and shame remove;
For I thy sacred laws affect
with undissembled love.

Though princes oft, in council met,
against thy servant spake;
Yet I thy statutes to observe
my constant business make.

For thy commands have always been
my comfort and delight;
By them I learn, with prudent care,
to guide my steps aright.

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Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 119:17-24;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 119
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