1 Behold the great eternal God,
Spreads everlasting arms abroad,
And calls our souls to shelter there.
Wonders of mingled power and grace,
To all his Israel he displays,
Guarded from danger, and from fear.
2 Thither my feeble soul shall fly,
When terrors press, and death is nigh,
And there will I delight to dwell:
On that high tower I rear my head,
Serene, nor knows my heart to dread,
Amidst surrounding hosts of hell.
3 The shadow of th' Almighty's wings
Composure unmolested brings,
While threatening horrors round me crowd;
In vain the storms of rattling hail
The walls of this retreat assail,
And the wild tempest roars aloud.
4 In louder strains my fearless tongue
Shall warble its victorious song,
My Father's graces to proclaim;
He bears his infant offspring on
To glory radiant as his throne,
And joys eternal as his name.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799