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OMNIPRESENT God! whose aid

By A Collection of Hymns

      8-7s. An Evening Hymn.
      1 OMNIPRESENT God! whose aid
      No one ever asked in vain,
      Be this night about my bed,
      Every evil thought restrain;
      Lay thy hand upon my soul,
      God of my unguarded hours!
      All my enemies control,
      Hell, and earth, and nature's powers.

      2 O thou jealous God! come down,
      God of spotless purity,
      Claim, and seize me for thy own,
      Consecrate my heart to thee;
      Under thy protection take,
      Songs in the night season give;
      Let me sleep to thee, and wake,
      Let me die to thee, and live.

      3 Only tell me I am thine,
      And thou wilt not quit thy right;
      Answer me in dreams divine,
      Dreams and visions of the night:
      Bid me even in sleep go on,
      Restlessly my God desire,
      Mourn for God in every groan,
      God in every thought require.

      4 Loose me from the chains of sense,
      Set me from the body free,
      Draw with stronger influence
      My unfettered soul to thee;
      In me, Lord, thyself reveal,
      Fill me with a sweet surprise:
      Let me thee when waking feel,
      Let me in thy image rise.

      5 Let me of thy life partake,
      Thy own holiness impart,
      O that I might sweetly wake
      With my Saviour in my heart!
      O that I might know thee mine!
      O that I might thee receive!
      Only live the life divine,
      Only to thy glory live!

      6 Or if thou my soul require
      Ere I see the morning light,
      Grant me, Lord, my heart's desire,
      Perfect me in love to-night;
      Finish thy great work of love,
      Cut it short in righteousness,
      Fit me for the realms above,
      Change, and bid me die in peace.

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