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1 IF I to God my ways approve,
2 How can my spirit yield to fear;
3 Should earthly comforts all remove,
4 My heavenly friend is ever near.
5 He's with me thro' the busy day,
6 And thro' the silence of the night;
7 Attends me in my public way,
8 And when retir'd I meet his sight.
9 If tempters try my soul to win,
10 He sees my struggle, and the snare;
11 And if I, yielding, dare to sin,
12 The God whom I offend is there.
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13 If grief should in my heart prevail,
14 And every aid should me forsake;
15 Sleep to my weary eye should fail,
16 And food in bitterness I take:
17 Tho' I in overwhelming fears,
18 To earthly friends in vain apply;
19 Check'd be my sighs, restrained my tears,
20 The God who can protect is nigh.
21 If earth's to me a world of joy,
22 And he who bless'd me is forgot;
23 The power is by who can destroy,
24 The giver, whom I have not sought.
25 When first I drew my vital breath,
26 I was my Maker's present care;
27 And when my heart expires in death,
28 God, my supporter, will be there.


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Title (in Source Edition): ON THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD.
Author: Eliza Day
Genres: hymn

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Daye, Eliza, b. ca. 1734. Poems, on Various Subjects. Liverpool: Printed by J. M'Creery, 1798, pp. [223]-224. [2],x,[4],258p.; 8° (ESTC T132359) (Page images digitized by University of California Libraries.)

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