Scripture Verse

O how love I Thy law! Psalm 119:97


William B. Collyer

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

Music: 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.