Scripture Verse

O Lord my God, in Thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me. Psalm 7:1


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 743. Times of Per­se­cu­tion.

Music: Hol­ley George Hews, 1835 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Hews (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


When wicked men with envious rage,
Against Thy righteous cause arise,
Great God, do Thou their wrath assuage,
Avert the evils they devise.

If for some wise and gracious end,
Our foes are suffered to prevail;
Mercy, oh Lord, in judgment send,
Nor let our strength and courage fail.

Sustain us in the gloomy hour,
And guide us through the thorny road;
Exert for us Thy mighty power:
Be our protector and our God.