To Thee our God, we fly

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1 To thee, our God, we fly
for mercy and for grace;
O hear our lowly cry,
and hide not thou thy face.

O Lord, stretch forth thy mighty hand,
and guard and bless our native land.

2 Arise, O Lord of hosts!
Be jealous for thy name,
And drive from out our coasts
The sins that put to shame. [Refrain]

3 Thy best gifts from on high
in rich abundance pour,
that we may magnify
And praise thee evermore. [Refrain]

4 The pow'rs ordained by thee
with heav'nly wisdom bless;
may thy thy servants be,
and rule in righteousness. [Refrain]

5 Give peace, Lord, in our time,
O let no foe draw nigh,
nor lawlessness and crime
insult thy majesty. [Refrain]

6 The Church of thy dear Son
inflame with love's pure fire,
bind her once more in one;
with life and truth inspire. [Refrain]

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #697a

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >

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First Line: To Thee our God, we fly
Title: To Thee our God, we fly
Author: William Walsham How (1871)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O Lord, stretch forth thy mighty hand
Copyright: Public Domain



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