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GOD, my heart is fix'd, 'tis bent,
Its thankful tribute to present;
I.—(1. 4, 5.)
N. v. 0
GOD, my gracious God, to Thee
My morning prayers shall offer'd be ; For Thee my thirsty soul doth pant : My fainting flesh implores Thy grace, Within this dry and barren place,
Where I refreshing waters want.
My life, while I that life enjoy,
With lifted hands adore His Name :
While I with joy His praise proclaim.
When down I lie sweet sleep to find,
And when I wake in dead of night:
I rest with safety and delight.
II. O GOD! Thou art my God alone,
Thee, in the watches of the night, Early to Thee my soul shall cry; When I remember on my bed, A pilgrim in a land unknown,
Thy presence makes the darkness light, A thirsty land whose springs are dry. Thy guardian wings are round my head. Yet, through this rough and thorny maze, Better than life itself Thy love, I follow hard on Thee, my God!
Dearer than all beside to me; Thine hand unseen upholds my ways,
For whom have I in heaven above, I safely tread where Thou hast trod. Or what on earth, compared with Thee ?
Praise with my heart, my mind, my voice,
For all Thy mercy I will give;
My tongue shall bless Thee while I live.
From RAVENSCROFT's AUDI ISRAEL. (Old“ Ten Commandments Tune.”) L. M. «Songs Spiritual,' 1621.
II.-(9, 10, 11. 13.) N. v. LORD, from Thy unexhausted store
Thy rain relieves the thirsty ground; Makes lands, that barren were before,
With corn and useful fruits abound. On rising ridges down it pours,
And ev'ry furrow'd valley fills; Thou mak'st them soft with gentle showers,
In which a bless'd increase distils. Thy goodness does the circling year
With fresh returns of plenty crown; And, where Thy glorious paths appear,
Thy fruitful clonds drop fatness down. Large flocks with fleecy wool adorn
The cheerful downs; the valleys bring A plenteous crop of full-ear'd corn,
And seem for joy to shout and sing.
Our sins, though numberless, in vain,
To stop Thy flowing mercy try ; Whilst Thou o'erlook’st the guilty stain, And washest out the crimson dye.