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“I WILL ENDURE THE INDIGNATION OF THE LORD.”—MICAH VII.

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I have deserv’d it, cease t’ oppose

The Lord’s will, shall I never?

Thou bitter cup, thou heavy cross,

Come hither to me ever!

From pain all free

May never be

He ’gainst the Lord who fighteth,

As I each day,

Who trod the way

Wherein the world delighteth.

I’ll bear the chastisement of God,

A patient soul possessing,

For born in sin, sin’s path I trod,

Aye ventur’d on transgressing,

That pleasures vain

I might attain,

In wantonness time wasting,

The gracious word

Of God the Lord,

As I ought, never tasting.

The road of God’s commandments good

I often have forsaken,

And on the way that leads from God

Am therefore overtaken

By grief and smart,

That pierce my heart;

God’s hand thus am I feeling,

Who ’fore His throne

To each his own

Awards, in justice dealing.

For just and true is God above,

We fail His goodness telling,

A mother’s truth, a father’s love

Alike in him are dwelling.

God’s wrath, I ween,

As oft hath been

Ours, is not unrelenting.

Men steel their heart,

Refuse t’ impart

Grace e’en to the repenting.

In sooth ’tis not the mind of God,

His anger ever endeth,

Return we, He removes the rod,

And to the weary sendeth

A sweet release,

To mark doth cease,

And visit our transgressing;

His wrath He turns,

And tow’rd us yearns,

Gives after cursing blessing.

And so the Lord will deal with me,

And every one behold it,

And vindicate the right will He,

My cause, He will uphold it.

Thy face so bright,

Lord! to the light,

From deepest pit will raise me,

That ever I

May heartily

Thy truth exalt, and praise Thee.

Rejoice not o’er me, then, my foes,

I lie not here for ever,

My God will come ere ye suppose,

And speedily deliver.

His holy hand

Will make me stand,

Firm and secure for ever;

Good times to me

And joy will He

Give after stormy weather.

I am in need, yet scarce can speak

Of real need and sorrow;

When God my Light is, day must break

And bring a glorious morrow,

E’en in the night,

While yet the might

Of darkness much increaseth,

And when this Light

Dawns on my sight,

Whate’er oppresses ceaseth.

The time will come, e’en now ’tis near,

When I shall sing salvation,

When he who lov’d to mock and jeer

At me in tribulation,

And bid me tell

Where God doth dwell,

Shall from God’s face be driven

With head cast down;

To me a crown

Of honour shall be given!

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