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A Prayer for the promised Rest

Dear friend of friendless sinners, hear

Author: Rowland Hill
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Dear friend of friendless sinners, hear,
And magnify thy grace divine;
Pardon a worm that would draw near,
That would his heart to thee resign:
A worm, by self and sin opprest
That pants to reach thy promis'd rest.

2 With holy fear, and reverend love,
I long to lie beneath thy throne;
I long in thee to live, and move,
And stay myself on thee alone:
Teach me to lean upon thy breast,
To find in thee the promis'd rest.

3 Thou say'st thou wilt thy servants keep
In perfect peace, whose minds shall be
Like new-born babes, or helpless sheep,
Completely stay'd, dear Lord on thee:
How calm their state, how truly blest,
Who trust on thee the promis'd rest!

4 Take me, my Savior, as thine own,
And vindicate my righteous cause;
Be thou my portion, Lord, alone;
And bend me to obey thy laws;
In thy dear arms of love caress'd,
Give me to find thy promis'd rest.

5 Bid the tempestuous rage of sin,
With all its wrathful fury die;
Let the Redeemer dwell within,
And turn my sorrows into joy;
O may my heart, by thee possess'd,
Know thee to be my promis'd rest.

Author: Rowland Hill

Hill, Rowland, M.A., son of Sir Rowland Hill, Bart., was born at Hawkstone, near Shrewsbury, Aug. 23,1744, and educated at Shrewsbury Grammar School, Eton, and St. John's College, Cambridge (B.A. 1769). Taking Holy Orders, he was for a time curate of Kingston, near Taunton. Leaving his curacy, but without renouncing his Orders or his connection with the Church of England, he itinerated for some twelve years, preaching mostly in Wilts, Gloucestershire, Somersetshire, and London. At Wotton-under-Edge he built a Chapel, where he often preached, and also opened the well-known Surrey Chapel, London, in 1783. At the latter place he ministered for nearly fifty years. He took great interest in Evangelical and Mission work, was one of the founders o… Go to person page >

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First Line: Dear friend of friendless sinners, hear
Title: A Prayer for the promised Rest
Author: Rowland Hill
Meter: Carey tune
Language: English
Publication Date: 1792
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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