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.
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.