Obedience

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Obedience  (1771) 
Attributed to Christopher Smart without evidence.
From the APPENDIX to the Hymns Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771).


HYMN IX.

OBEDIENCE.

Thee, dearest Lord, my soul adores,
I would be only Thine;
To Thee my heart and all its pow'rs
I willingly resign.

Give me a calm and thankful heart,
From ev'ry murmur free;
The blessings of thy Grace impart,
That I may live to Thee.

Whate'er thy sacred will ordains,
O give me strength to bear; <10>
And let me know my Father reigns,
And trust his tender care.

 Whate'er thy Providence denies
I calmly would resign;
For thou art just, and good, and wise,
Lord, bend my will to Thine.

Be this the purpose of my soul,
And my determin'd choice,
To yield to thy supreme controul,
And in thy will rejoice. <20>

O, may I never faint nor tire,
Nor wander from thy ways;
But (which is all my soul's desire)
Help me to sing thy praise.

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