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172. Blest Is He Who Cries To Heaven

1 Blest is he who cries to heaven
In the dark and evil day,
Whose transgressions are forgiven
And whose sins are wash'd away;
Blest, when God to him imputeth
Not iniquity nor sin,
When no hidden guile polluteth
Spirit, heart, and soul within.

2 Long I kept in silence groaning,
While my bones wax'd weak and old;
Long my heart with grief was moaning
And to Thee, O God was cold.
Day and night Thy hand oppress'd me,
Moisture turn'd to summer-drought,
My transgressions sore distress'd me,
While in vain I comfort sought.

3 When from Thee no longer hiding
I confess'd my sin to Thee,
And, to Thee my grief confiding,
Thou in love forgavest me.
Now my heart is fill'd with gladness,
Thou surroundest me with grace;
Songs of joy dispel my sadness,
For Thou art my hiding-place.

4 Lord, instruct and teach me ever
In the way that I shall go;
With Thy counsel me deliver
From the cunning of the foe.
For Thy grace and mercy tender,
For Thy Table and Thy Word,
Thanks to heaven I will render
And forever praise Thee, Lord.

Text Information
First Line: Blest is he who cries to heaven
Title: Blest Is He Who Cries To Heaven
Author: P. C. Paulsen (1926)
Meter: 8, 7, 8L.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1927
Topic: Call and Repentance
Tune Information
Name: [Blest is he who cries to heaven]
Composer: Joseph P. Holbrook
Meter: 8,7,8L.
Key: C Major

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