I am cast out of Thy sight; yet I will look again toward Thy holy temple. Jonah 2:4
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 157:
Jonah’s faith recommended.
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Lord, we have broke Thy holy laws,
And slighted all Thy grace;
And justly Thy vindictive wrath
Might cast us from Thy face.
Yet while such precedents appear
Marked in Thy sacred Book,
We from these depths of guilt and fear
Will to Thy temple look.
To Thee, in our Redeemer’s name,
We raise our humble cries;
May these our prayers, perfumed by Him,
Like grateful incense rise.
O never may our hopeless eyes
An absent God deplore,
Where the dear temples of Thy love
Shall stand revealed no more.
Far from those regions of despair
Appoint our souls a place;
Where not a frown thro’ endless years
Shall veil Thy lovely face.