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).

Alternate Tunes:

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.