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Hymn 74

William Cowper




To keep the lamp alive

With oil we fill the bowl;

’Tis water makes the willow thrive,

And grace that feeds the soul.

The LORD’S unsparing hand

Supplies the living stream

It is not at our own command,

But still derived from him.

Beware of Peter’s word,

Mt 26:33

Nor confidently say,

“I never will deny thee, LORD,”

But grant I never may.

Man’s wisdom is to seek

His strength in God alone;

And e’en an angel would be weak,

Who trusted in his own.

Retreat beneath his wings,

And in his grace confide;

This more exalts the King of kings

Jn 6:29

Than all your works beside.

In JESUS is our store,

Grace issues from his throne;

Whoever says, “I want no more,”

Confesses he has none.

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