O how love I Thy law!@Psalm 119:97
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William B. Collyer (1782-1854)

William B. Collyer, Hymns Partly Collected and Partly Original (London: 1812), number 925.

Gloaming, old ballad melody (🔊 pdf nwc).

By the thoughtless world derided,
Still I love the Word of God;
’Tis a chart by which I’m guided,
Often ’tis a chastening rod;
’Tis a sword that cuts asunder
All my pride and vanity
When abased I lie and wonder
That He spares a wretch like me.

This confirms me when I waver,
Sets my trembling judgment right,
When I stray, how much soever,
This is my restoring light;
Satan oft and sin assail me,
With temptations ever new;
Then, O nothing can avail me,
’Till my bleeding Lord I view.

Faith I need, O Lord, bestow it,
Give my laboring mind relief;
Oft alas! I doubt, I know it,
Help, O help my unbelief;
Dearest Savior, by Thy merit
May I gain a future crown;
Guide, O guide me by Thy Spirit,
Till these storms are overblown.