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1 WHILE thee I seek, protecting Power!
2 Be my vain wishes still'd;
3 And may this consecrated hour
4 With better hopes be fill'd.
5 Thy love the powers of thought bestow'd,
6 To thee my thoughts would soar,
7 Thy mercy o'er my life has flow'd
8 That mercy I adore.
9 In each event of life, how clear
10 Thy ruling hand I see;
11 Each blessing to my soul more dear
12 Because conferr'd by thee.
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13 In every joy that crowns my days,
14 In every pain I bear,
15 My heart shall find delight in praise,
16 Or seek relief in prayer.
17 When gladness wings my favour'd hour,
18 Thy love my thoughts shall fill;
19 Resign'd, when storms of sorrow low'r,
20 My soul shall meet thy will.
21 My lifted eye without a tear
22 The low'ring storm shall see;
23 My steadfast heart shall know no fear
24 That heart will rest on Thee!


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Title (in Source Edition): A HYMN.
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Williams, Helen Maria, 1759-1827. Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, pp. [279]-280.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [8º W 229 BS].)

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