Scripture Verse

There I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat. Exodus 25:22

Introduction

Words: Anne Steele, Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al 1760, Vol­ume 1, page 133. Orig­in­al ti­tle: My God, ’Tis to Thy Mer­cy-Seat.

Music: Ma­no­ah Gio­achi­no A. Ros­si­ni (1792–1868). Ar­ranged by Hen­ry W. Grea­to­rex in Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Steele or Greatorex (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Giaochino A. Rossini (1792–1868)

Lyrics

Dear Fa­ther, to Thy mer­cy seat
My soul for shel­ter flees;
’Tis here, I find a safe re­treat
When storms and tem­pests rise.

’Tis here my faith re­solves to dwell,
Nor shall I be afraid
Of all the pow­ers of earth or hell,
If Thou vouch­safe thy aid.

My cheer­ful hope can ne­ver die,
If Thou my God art near;
Thy grace can raise my com­forts high,
And ban­ish ev­ery fear.

Against Thy all sup­porting grace
My foes can ne’er pre­vail;
But oh! if frowns be­cloud thy face,
Faith, hope, and life will fail.

My great pro­tect­or, and my Lord,
Thy con­stant aid im­part,
O let Thy kind, Thy gra­cious word
Sustain my trem­bling heart.

Or ne­ver let my soul re­move
From this di­vine re­treat;
Still let me trust Thy pow­er and love
And dwell be­neath Thy feet.