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1 To thee, all powerful and supreme,
2 I tune my grateful lays,
3 When such, and so divine, the theme,
4 How weak is mortal praise!
5 Yet pardon, if in humble verse
6 My 'enraptur'd soul aspire,
7 Thy wond'rous goodness to rehearse,
8 Thy greatness to admire.
9 Let my o'erflowing heart discharge
10 In prayer and praise to thee
11 Some small return for gifts so large
12 Bestow'd each day on me.
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13 Ah, what am I, that thou should'st deign
14 To visit my sad heart?
15 And why vouchsafe, when I complain,
16 Such solace to impart?
17 'Tis in the words of life I meet
18 A cure for every grief,
19 'Tis ever to thy mercy-feat
20 I fly to seek relief.
21 I find it there, I feel a flame
22 Within my bosom glow,
23 I call upon my Saviour's name,
24 And triumph over woe.
25 Vain is the world's unkindness, vain
26 Misfortune's utmost spite,
27 Whilst still I keep 'midst grief and pain
28 Thy mercies in my sight.
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29 I know that my Redeemer lives,
30 I know that He can save,
31 Let Him take back the life he gives,
32 I'll seek Him in the grave.


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Title (in Source Edition): HYMN.
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Alcock [née Cumberland], Mary, 1741?–1798. Poems, &c. &c. by the Late Mrs. Mary Alcock [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Dilly, Poultry, 1799, pp. 102-104. vii,[25],183,[1]p. (ESTC T86344) (Page images digitized by University of Michigan Library.)

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