O God, In Mercy Mild

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1 O God, in mercy mild,
Preserve me as Thy child,
And be to me a Father and Defender;
Teach me, when shadows fall,
Upon Thy name to call
And lift my hands to Thee for mercy tender.

2 Teach me with joy to hail
The hope that can not fail,
Which Thou didst give to me in life's bright morning;
Teach me in life and death
With care to keep the faith,
And follow Thee with love and ardor burning.

3 Teach me like birds to sing
The songs that hope will bring
To him who toils as well as to the rover;
Teach me in darkest night
As birds to make my flight
To Thee who with Thy pinions me wilt cover.

4 Teach me, when clouded skies
Do veil my spirit's eyes
And foes attack and thorns and thistles tear me,
To trust in Thee, O God,
Who guides with Thy rod,
Until the light breaks through the clouds that scare me.

5 Teach me some day to die,
As seeds that sprouting lie,
With hope for life beyond death's gloomy portal,
Where I shall meet with friends,
Whom Jesus Christ attends,
In Paradise among the saints immortal.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #315

Author: L. Maltesen

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Translator: P. C. Paulsen

Paul Christian Paulsen was born on March 26, 1881, in Alstrup, Jutland, Denmark. He emigrated to America in 1904, was ordained in 1911, and served as a Lutheran pastor in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Alberta, Canada. He died on July 26, 1948. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: O God, in mercy mild
Title: O God, In Mercy Mild
Danish Title: Gud, giv mig Barnekaar
Author: L. Maltesen
Translator: P. C. Paulsen
Meter: 6.6.11.6.6.11
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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