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2 Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure; Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure. 3 Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame, From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same. 4 A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night,
Before the rising sun.
Bears all its sons away;
Dies at the opening day.
Our hope for years to come!
I. Watts, 1719
J. A. Freylinghausen, 1705
For Thy mer - cy and Thy grace, Constant through an -oth-er year,
2 Lo, our sins on Thee we cast,
In the pathless wilderness
Be our true and living way.
In the coming year shall tread? 3 Dark the future; let Thy light
With Thy rod and staff, O God,
6 Keep us faithful, keep us pure,
Keep us evermore Thine own; 4 In our weakness and distress,
Help, o help us to endure;
Lead us, heavenly Fa-ther, lead us O’er the world's tempestuous sea;
Guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, For we have no help but Thee;
Yet pos-sess - ing ev - ery bless-ing, If
our God our Father be.
2 Savior, breathe forgiveness o'er us,
All our weakness Thou dost know;
Lone and dreary, faint and weary,
3 Spirit of our God, descending,
Fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
Thus provided, pardoned, guided,
J. Edmeston. 1821
John Dahle, 1911
2 As God doth lead I am content;
I rest me calmly in His hands; That which He has decreed and sentThat which His will for me com
mands, I would that He should all fulAll: That I should do His gracious will
In living or in dying. 3 As God doth lead I all resign;
I trust me to my Father's will; When reason's rays deceptive shine,
His counsel would I yet fulfillThat which His love ordained as right, Before He brought me to the light,My all to Him resigning.
4 As God doth lead me I abide,
In faith, in hope, in suffering true; His strength is ever by my side
Can aught my hold on Him undo? So patiently I wait and know That God, who doth my life bestow,
In kindness all is sending. 5 As God doth lead I onward go, Though oft 'mid thorns and briers
keen; God does not yet His guidance show
But in the end it shall be seen How, by a loving Father's will, Faithful and true, He leads me still,Thus anchored, faith is resting.
L. Gedicke, 1711
2 He who is throned in heaven
Derides their preparation;
His scornful indignation:
Their souls with terror thrill “Yet I have set my King
On Zion's holy hill."3 Now will I cry aloud
And tell the Lord's great token: “Thou art My Son," He saith:
To me the word was spoken: “Yea, Thee have I this day
Begotten: ask of Me,
Earth's utmost parts shall be:
4 Beneath Thine iron rod
Thy foemen shall be shattered, As by the potter's hand
The broken shreds lie scattered.". Be wise, then, O ye kings,
Ye earthly judges, hear; Serve ye the Lord with awe,
Rejoice with trembling fear. 5 Bow down and kiss the Son,
Lest, if His wrath awaken, Ye fail and fade away,
For evermore forsaken. Soon may His anger burn,
A lightly kindled flame; Then blessed are all they That trust His holy name.
B. H. Kennedy, 1860