Happy is the man that feareth always. Proverbs 28:14
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 79:
Walking with God, or being in His fear all the day long.
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Thrice happy souls, who, born from Heaven,
While yet they sojourn here,
Thus all their days with God begin,
And spend them in His fear.
So may our eyes, with holy zeal,
Prevent the dawning day,
And turn the sacred pages o’er,
And praise Thy name and pray.
’Midst hourly cares, may love present
Its incense to Thy throne;
And, while the world our hands employs,
Our hearts be Thine alone.
As sanctified to noblest ends,
By each refreshment sought;
And, by each various providence,
Some wise instruction brought.
When to laborious duties called,
Or by temptations tried,
We’ll seek the shelter of Thy wings,
And in Thy strength confide.
As different scenes of life arise,
Our grateful hearts would be
With Thee, amidst the social band,
In solitude with Thee.
At night we lean our weary heads
On Thy paternal breast;
And, safely folded in Thine arms,
Resign our powers to rest.
In solid, pure delights, like these,
Let all my days be past;
Nor shall I then impatient wish,
Nor shall I fear the last