11919. To Keep The Lamp Alive

1 To keep the lamp alive
With oil we fill the bowl;
’Tis water makes the willow thrive,
And grace that feeds the soul.

2 The Lord’s unsparing hand
Supplies the living stream;
It is not at our own command,
But still derived from Him.

3 Beware of Peter’s word
Nor confidently say,
"I never will deny Thee, Lord,"
But"Grant I never may."

4 Man’s wisdom is to seek
His strength in God alone;
And e’en an angel would be weak,
Who trusted in his own.

5 Retreat beneath His wings,
And in His grace confide;
This more exalts the King of kings
Than all your works beside.

6 In Jesus is our store,
Grace issues from His throne;
Whoever says, "I want no more,"
Confesses he has none.

Text Information
First Line: To keep the lamp alive
Title: To Keep The Lamp Alive
Author: William Cowper
Meter: SM
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 3
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Hans Georg Nägeli, 1773-1836
Meter: SM
Key: F Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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