Divine Guidance and Safety

Before thy mercy seat, O Lord

Author: William Hiley Bathurst
Published in 28 hymnals

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1 Before thy mercy-seat, O Lord,
Behold, thy servants stand,
To ask the knowledge of thy word,
The guidance of thy hand.

Refrain:
Give me understanding, and I will keep thy law;
Yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart,
Yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

2 Let thy eternal truths, we pray,
Dwell richly in each heart;
That from the safe and narrow way
We never may depart. [Refrain]

3 Lord, from thy word remove the seal,
Unfold its hidden store;
And, as we read, O may we feel
Its value more and more. [Refrain]

4 Help us to see the Saviour’s love
Beaming from every page;
And let the thoughts of joys above
Our inmost souls engage. [Refrain]

Source: Sunday-School Praises: prepared especially for use in the Sunday-School #13

Author: William Hiley Bathurst

Bathurst, William Hiley , M.A., son of the Rt. Hon. Charles Bragge (afterwards Bathurst) some time M.P. for Bristol, born at Clevedale, near Bristol, Aug. 28, 1796, and educated at Winchester, and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1818. From 1820 to 1852 he held the Rectory of Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds. Resigning the Rectory in the latter year, through his inability to reconcile his doctrinal views with the Book of Common Prayer, he retired into private life, and died at Lydney Park, Gloucestershire, Nov. 25, 1877. His works include, The Georgics of Virgil: Translated by W. H. B., 1849; Metrical Musings; or, Thoughts on Sacred Subjects in Verse, 1849; and Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, 1831 (2nd ed. 1842). This last… Go to person page >

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First Line: Before thy mercy seat, O Lord
Title: Divine Guidance and Safety
Author: William Hiley Bathurst
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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