Thy hand [shall] lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10
Words: Philip Doddridge (1702–1751). Published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755), number 257:
Help obtained of God.
Music: Germany Sacred Melodies, by William Gardiner, 1815 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Great God, we sing That mighty hand,
By which supported still we stand:
The opening year Thy mercy shows,
That mercy crowns it, till it close.
By day, by night, at home, abroad,
Still are we guarded by our God,
By His incessant bounty fed,
By His unerring counsel led.
With grateful hearts the past we own;
The future, all to us unknown,
We to Thy guardian care commit,
And peaceful leave before Thy feet.
In scenes exalted or depressed,
Thou art our joy, and Thou our rest;
Thy goodness all our hopes shall raise,
Adored through all our changing days.
When death shall interrupt these songs,
And seal in silence mortal tongues,
Our helper God, in whom we trust,
In better worlds our souls shall boast.