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How Are Thy Servants Blest, O Lord!

Joseph Addison 1672 (Milston) – 1719 (Holland House, London)



How are Thy servants blest, O Lord!
How sure is their defense!
Eternal wisdom is their guide,
Their help Omnipotence.

In foreign realms, and lands remote,
Supported by Thy care,
Through burning climes they pass unhurt,
And breathe in tainted air.

When by the dreadful tempest borne
High on the broken wave,
They know Thou art not slow to her,
Nor impotent to save.

The storm is laid, the winds retire,
Obedient to Thy will,
The sea, that roars at Thy command,
At Thy command is still.

From all our griefs and fears, O Lord,
Thy mercy sets us free;
While in the confidence of prayer
Our hearts take hold on Thee.

In midst of dangers, fears and death,
Thy goodness we adore;
We praise Thee for Thy mercies past,
And humbly hope for more

Our life, while Thou preservest life,
A sacrifice shall be;
And death, when death shall be our lot,
Shall join our souls to Thee.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme AXXX XBXB XCXC XDXD AEBE XFXF XEXE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 872
Words 161
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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