And Are Thy Plagues And Mercies, Lord

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1 And are Thy plagues and mercies, Lord,
Already out of mind?
Thy threatening and preserving word
So quickly cast behind?

2 The crowd alarmed with short surprise,
And spared, alas! In vain,
Started, and half unsealed their eyes,
And dropped to sleep again.

3 If trouble for a moment seize
Their unawakened breast,
The trouble but confirms their peace,
The earthquake rocks to rest.

Thy words behind their back they cast,
Thy patient pity scorn,
Nor thank Thee for the judgment past,
Nor dream of its return.

4 But whether they Thine hand will see,
Or still Thine anger dare,
Savior of men, we turn to Thee,
With thankfulness, and prayer.

5 We own Thy mercy in the stroke,
Thy praise to Thee we give,
That when the earth beneath us shook,
Thou wouldst not let it cleave.

6 The cause of all, our nation’s sin,
We mournfully confess;
But Thou who didst the shock begin,
Hast made the motion cease.

7 Vapors and damps confessed their God,
And did Thy word fulfill,
And earth observed its Maker’s nod,
And trembled, and was still.

8 Accepting our deliverance, Lord,
Our long, or short, reprieve,
Thy wondrous goodness we record,
And to Thy glory live.

9 We never will the grace forget,
But thankfully improve,
And still in songs of praise repeat
Thy providential love.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8927

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: And are Thy plagues and mercies, Lord
Title: And Are Thy Plagues And Mercies, Lord
Author: Charles Wesley
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Source: Hymns Occasioned by the Earthquake, March 8, 1750 Part 2 (London: Strahan, 1750)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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