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Daily Prayer: Through the Week

35. While thee I seek, protecting Power



John Bacchus Dykes, 1875

Helen M. Williams, 1786

While thee I seek, protecting Power,

Be my vain wishes stilled;

And may this consecrated hour

With better hopes be filled.

Thy love the power of thought bestowed,

To thee my thoughts would soar:

Thy mercy o'er my life has flowed,

That mercy I adore.

In each event of life, how clear

Thy ruling hand I see;

Each blessing to my soul more dear,

Because conferred by thee.

In every joy that crowns my days,

In every pain I bear,

My heart shall find delight in praise,

Or seek relief in prayer.

When gladness wings my favoured hour,

Thy love my thoughts shall fill;

Resigned, when storms of sorrow lower,

My soul shall meet thy will.

My lifted eye, without a tear,

The gathering storms shall see;

My steadfast heart shall know no fear;

That heart will rest on thee.


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