O Turn, Great Ruler Of The Skies

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1 O turn, great Ruler of the skies,
Turn from my sin Thy searching eyes,
Nor let th'offences of my hand,
Within Thy book, recorded stand.

2 Give me a will to thine subdued,
A conscience pure, a soul renewed;
Nor let me, wrapt in endless gloom,
An outcast from Thy presence roam.

3 Oh, let Thy Spirit to my heart
Once more His quickening aid impart,
My mind from every fear release,
And sooth my troubled thoughts to peace.

4 So shall the souls whom error's sway
Has urged from Thee, blest Lord, to stray,
From me Thy heavenly precepts learn,
And humbled to their God return.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #381

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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First Line: O turn, great Ruler of the skies
Title: O Turn, Great Ruler Of The Skies
Author: James Merrick
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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