O how my fears the dangers move

O how my fears the dangers move

Author: James Merrick
Published in 10 hymnals

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1 Oh! how my fears the dangers move,
That virtue's path inclose!
While I the wise pursuit approve,
Alas, what toils oppose!

2 For see! ah see! while yet her ways
With doubtful step I tread,
A hostile world its terrors raise,
Its snares delusive spread.

3 Oh! how shall I, with heart prepar'd ,
Those terrors learn to meet;
How, from the thousand snares, to guard
And to restrain my feet?

4 But, why art thou cast down, my soul?
Say why, distrustful still,
Thy thoughts with vain impatience roll
O'er scenes of future ill!

5 Let faith suppress each rising fear,
Each anxious doubt exclude:
Thy Maker's will hath plac'd thee here,
Thy Maker wise and good.

6 He to thy ev'ry trial knows
Its just restraints to give;
Attentive to behold thy woes,
And faithful to relieve.

7 Though griefs unnumber'd throng thee round,
Still in thy God confide;
Whose finger marks the seas their bound,
And curbs the rolling tide.


Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #235

Author: James Merrick

Merrick, James , M.A., was born in 1720, and educated at Oxford, where he became a Fellow of Trinity College. He entered Holy Orders, but his health would not admit of parish work. He died at Reading, 1769. His publications include:— (1) Messiah, a Divine Essay. Humbly dedicated to the Reverend the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the Visitors of the Free School in Reading. By James Merrick, Ætat. 14, Senior Scholar of the School at their last Terminal Visitation, the 7th of October, 1734. Reading. (2) The Destruction of Troy. Translated from the Greek of Tryphiodorus into English Verse, with Notes, &c. 1742. (3) Poems on Sacred Subjects. Oxford . 1763. (4) The Psalms of David Translated or Paraphrased in English Verse… Go to person page >

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