Encompassed with clouds of distress

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1 Encompassed with clouds of distress,
Just ready all hope to resign,
I pant for the light of Thy face,
And fear it will never be mine;
Disheartened with waiting so long,
I sink at Thy feet with my load;
All plaintive I pour out my song,
And stretch forth my hands unto God.

2 Shine, Lord, and my terror shall cease;
The blood of atonement apply;
And lead me to Jesus for peace,
The Rock that is higher than I;
Speak, Savior, for sweet is Thy voice,
Thy presence is fair to behold;
Attend to my sorrows and cries,
My groanings that cannot be told.

3 If sometimes I strive as I mourn,
My hold of Thy promise to keep,
The billows more fiercely return,
And plunge me again in the deep;
Harassed and cast out from Thy sight,
The tempter suggests with a roar,
"The Lord has forsaken thee quite;
Thy God will be gracious no more."

4 Yet, Lord, if Thy love hath designed
No covenant blessing for me,
Ah, tell me, how is it I find
Some pleasure in waiting for Thee?
Almighty to rescue Thou art;
Thy grace is my only resource:
If e’er Thou art Lord of my heart,
Thy Spirit must take it by force.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12076

Author: Augustus Toplady

Toplady, Augustus Montague, the author of "Rock of Ages," was born at Farnham, Surrey, November 4, 1740. His father was an officer in the British army. His mother was a woman of remarkable piety. He prepared for the university at Westminster School, and subsequently was graduated at Trinity College, Dublin. While on a visit in Ireland in his sixteenth year he was awakened and converted at a service held in a barn in Codymain. The text was Ephesians ii. 13: "But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." The preacher was an illiterate but warm-hearted layman named Morris. Concerning this experience Toplady wrote: "Strange that I, who had so long sat under the means of grace in England, should b… Go to person page >

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First Line: Encompassed with clouds of distress
Author: Augustus Toplady

Notes

Encompass'd with clouds of distress. A. M. Toplady. [The struggles of Faith.] No. 18 of Toplady's series of hymns in the Gospel Magazine, Feb., 1772, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. Although not included in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, it is given in several modern hymn-books, as Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book 1866, and others. Also in the Sedgwick reprint of Toplady's Hymns, 1860. [William T. Brooke]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

DE FLEURY (German)

The tune most commonly known as DE FLEURY is a German folk tune. In American shape-note tradition the tune is known as GREEN FIELDS or GREENFIELDS. J. S. Bach quoted it in his "Peasant Cantata," but he did not compose it. It has also been misattributed to Maria DeFleury and to Lewis Edson. Edson wro…

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #106

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d62

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.XLIX

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #S.XLIX

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #220

A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors, Designed as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d141

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d87

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A Selection of Hymns #222

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American Psalmody #224b

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Baptist Hymn Book #a287

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Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d235

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Hymns of the Church Militant #593

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Hymns #815

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New Hymn and Tune Book #367a

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Parish Hymns #319

Parish Psalmody #d151

Parish Psalmody #d153

Plymouth Collection #d12

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Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d175

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d69

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d57

Sacred Melodies #d65

Select Hymns #d44

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Select Hymns from Other Authors, Selected Harmony Together with Directions for Musical Expression. 2nd ed. #a53

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Select Hymns, The Third Part of Christian Psalmody. 3rd ed. #aa53

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Select Hymns #53

Select Melodies, comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use #d56

Songs of Zion #d39

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Spiritual Songs for Social Worship #217

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Spiritual Songs for Social Worship #217

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Spiritual Songs for Social Worship #217

Supplement to Watts #d104

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d148

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The Baptist Harp #289

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The Baptist Hymn Book #1035

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The Baptist Hymn Book #287

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The Baptist Psalmody #701

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The Camp-Meeting Chorister #36

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #310

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #642

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #CDLXXV

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The Cyber Hymnal #12076

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The Harp #454

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The Heart and Voice #341d

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The New Village Harmony #d22

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #481

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #481

The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d70

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The Psalmist #S42

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #938

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #D53

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The Reformed Church Hymnal #470

The Sacred Songster. 5th ed. #d44

The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d186

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The Southern Psalmist #d180

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d187

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