Deacons…must be men worthy of respect, not double-tongued, not addicted to wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.@1 Timothy 3:8

George B. Ide, The Bap­tist Harp (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Amer­i­can Bap­tist Publication Society, 1849), number 494.

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

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Giaochino A. Rossini (1792–1868)

Vouchsafe, O Lord, Thy presence now,
Direct us in Thy fear;
Before Thy throne we humbly bow,
And offer fervent prayer.

Give us the men whom Thou shalt choose,
Thy house on earth to guide;
Those who shall ne’er their power abuse,
Or rule with haughty pride.

Inspired with wisdom from above,
And with discretion blest;
Displaying meekness, temperance, love,
Of every grace possessed.

These are the men we seek of Thee,
O God of righteousness;
Such may our deacons ever be,
With such Thy people blest.