16. While Thee I seek, protecting Power!

1 While Thee I seek, protecting Power!
Be my vain wishes stilled;
And may this consecrated hour
With better hopes be filled.

2 Thy Love the powers of thought bestowed;
To Thee my thoughts would soar.
Thy mercy o'er my life has flowed:
That mercy I adore.

3 In each event of life, how clear
Thy ruling Hand I see!
Each blessing to my soul more dear,
Because conferred by Thee.

4 In every joy that crowns my days,
In every pain I bear,
My heart shall find delight in praise,
Or seek relief in prayer.

5 When gladness wings my favored hour,
Thy Love my thoughts shall fill:
Resigned, when storms of sorrow lower,
My soul shall meet Thy will.

6 My lifted eye, without a tear,
The gathering storm shall see;
My steadfast heart shall know no fear:
That heart will rest on Thee!

Text Information
First Line: While Thee I seek, protecting Power!
Author: Helen Maria Williams (1788)
Meter: C. M.
Publication Date: 1868
Topic: Worship: Praise and Thanksgiving
Notes: Alternate tune: #91 or #370
Tune Information
Meter: C. M.
Key: E♭ Major
Notes: Composer from index: Ignaz Pleyel, d. 1831

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