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Keep us, Lord, O keep us ever!
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Keep us, Lord, O keep us ever!

"Make us to go in the path of thy commandments."
(Psalm 119,35)

1. Keep us, Lord, O keep us ever!
    Vain our hope, if left by thee;
we are thine, O leave us never,
    till thy face in heav'n we see,
        there to praise thee
    through a bright eternity!

2. All our strength at once would fail us,
    if deserted, Lord, by thee;
nothing then could aught avail us,
    certain our defeat would be;
        those who hate us
    thenceforth their desire would see.

3. But we look to thee as able
    grace to give in time of need;
heav'n, we know, is not more stable
    than the promise which we plead;
        'tis thy promise
    gives thy people hope indeed.

4. Lead us then a way we know not,
    make the darkness round us light;
when thy will thy people do not,
    pardon, cleanse, and set them right,
        till in glory
    all in joyful songs unite.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 405.

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