Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord my rock.@Psalm 28:1
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Charles U. Link (1869-1938)

From an early Scottish psalter. Versions of this hymn were in print in America as early as 1872.

Pleading, Charles U. Link, in Church and Sunday School Hymnal, edited by John D. Brunk (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Mennonite Publishing House, 1902), number 77 (🔊 pdf nwc) Note: This book also credits Link (incorrectly) with writing the words.

O Lord, to Thee I cry;
Thou art my rock and trust;
O be not silent, lest I die
And slumber in the dust.

O hear my earnest cry,
Thy favor I entreat;
Hear, while I lift imploring hands
Before Thy mercy seat.

O draw me not away
With men who live in sin,
Who to their neighbors speak of peace,
While malice lurks within.

Repay them for their deeds,
And vile attempts, O Lord,
And for the doings of their hands,
Return a just reward.

Because they disregard
The works the Lord hath done,
By Him they shall not be upbuilt
But utterly o’erthrown.

Now blessèd be the Lord,
He heard me when I cried;
Jehovah is my strength and shield,
On Him my heart relied.

I help from Him obtained,
And therefore give Him praise;
And while my heart exults with joy,
My song to Him I raise.

God is His people’s strength,
And His Messiah’s power;
Save, bless, and feed Thy heritage,
Exalt them evermore.