Scripture Verse

Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Psalm 59:1

Introduction

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William W. How
(1823–1897)
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: Will­iam W. How, in Church Hymns, by the So­ci­e­ty for Pro­mot­ing Chris­tian Know­ledge, 1871.

Music: Latch­ford Will­iam Sta­tham, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

To Thee our God we fly
For mercy and for grace;
O hear our lowly cry,
And hide not Thou Thy face.

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O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand
And guard and bless our Fatherland.

Arise, O Lord of hosts!
Be jealous of Thy name,
And drive from out our coasts
The sins that put to shame.

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Thy best gifts from on high
In rich abundance pour,
That we may magnify
And praise Thee more and more.

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The powers ordained by Thee
With heavenly wisdom bless;
May they Thy servants be,
And rule in righteousness.

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The Church of Thy dear Son,
Inflame with love’s pure fire,
Bind her once more in one,
And life and truth inspire.

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The pastors of Thy fold,
With grace and power endue,
That faithful, pure and bold,
They may be pastors true.

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O let us love Thy house,
And sanctify Thy day,
Bring unto Thee our vows,
And loyal homage pay.

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Give peace, Lord, in our time;
O let no foe draw nigh,
Nor lawless deed of crime
Insult Thy majesty.

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Though vile and worthless, still
Thy people, Lord, are we;
And for our God we will
None other have but Thee.

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