Scripture Verse

There I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat. Exodus 25:22

Introduction

Words: Anne Steele, Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al 1760, Vol­ume 1, page 133. Orig­in­al ti­tle: My God, ’Tis to Thy Mer­cy-Seat.

Music: Ma­no­ah Gio­a­chi­no A. Ros­si­ni (1792–1868). Ar­ranged by Hen­ry W. Grea­to­rex in Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Steele or Greatorex (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Giaochino A. Rossini
(1792–1868)

Lyrics

Dear Father, to Thy mercy seat
My soul for shelter flees;
’Tis here, I find a safe retreat
When storms and tempests rise.

’Tis here my faith resolves to dwell,
Nor shall I be afraid
Of all the powers of earth or hell,
If Thou vouchsafe thy aid.

My cheerful hope can never die,
If Thou my God art near;
Thy grace can raise my comforts high,
And banish every fear.

Against Thy all supporting grace
My foes can ne’er prevail;
But oh! if frowns becloud thy face,
Faith, hope, and life will fail.

My great protector, and my Lord,
Thy constant aid impart,
O let Thy kind, Thy gracious word
Sustain my trembling heart.

Or never let my soul remove
From this divine retreat;
Still let me trust Thy power and love
And dwell beneath Thy feet.