Scripture Verse

The Lord shall endure for ever: He hath prepared His throne for judgment. Psalm 9:7


Words: Anne Steele, Feb­ru­ary 11, 1757, alt. Pub­lished in her Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al, 1760.

Music: Bed­ford Will­iam Wheale, cir­ca 1723 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Steele or Wheale (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Come, let our souls adore the Lord
Whose judg­ments yet delay;
Who yet sus­pends the lift­ed sword,
And gives us leave to pray.

In ar­mies, fleets or strong al­lies,
No more we place our trust;
On God alone our hope re­lies,
Kind, po­tent, wise and just.

Great is our guilt, our fears are great,
But let us not des­pair;
Still op­en is the mer­cy seat
To pe­ni­tence and pray­er.

Kind In­ter­ces­sor, to Thy love
This bless­èd hope we owe;
O let Thy mer­cies plead above,
While we im­plore be­low!

O gra­cious God, for Je­sus’ sake,
Attend Thy peo­ple’s cry;
Nor let the kind­ling ven­geance break
Destructive from Thine eye.

Though jus­tice near Thy aw­ful throne
Attends Thy dread com­mand,
Lord, hear Thy ser­vants, hear Thy Son,
And save a guil­ty land.