Scripture Verse

The Lord shall endure for ever: He hath prepared His throne for judgment. Psalm 9:7


Words: Anne Steele, Feb­ru­ary 11, 1757, alt. Pub­lished in her Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al, 1760.

Music: Bed­ford Will­iam Wheale, cir­ca 1723 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Come, let our souls adore the Lord
Whose judgments yet delay;
Who yet suspends the lifted sword,
And gives us leave to pray.

In armies, fleets or strong allies,
No more we place our trust;
On God alone our hope relies,
Kind, potent, wise and just.

Great is our guilt, our fears are great,
But let us not despair;
Still open is the mercy seat
To penitence and prayer.

Kind Intercessor, to Thy love
This blessèd hope we owe;
O let Thy mercies plead above,
While we implore below!

O gracious God, for Je­sus’ sake,
Attend Thy people’s cry;
Nor let the kindling vengeance break
Destructive from Thine eye.

Though justice near Thy awful throne
Attends Thy dread command,
Lord, hear Thy servants, hear Thy Son,
And save a guilty land.