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