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Led by a Father's gracious hand - The good treasure
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The good treasure.

1. Led by a Father's gracious hand,
  we have each other found;
he hath the band, the loving band,
  which binds us closely, bound.
All that the grace of God made thee,
his goodness hath bestowed on me;
  all that he gave thee serves to shed
  new blessings on my favoured head.

2. In silent praise to God above
  my grateful heart I lift,
and thank him that I have thy love,
  O thou, his choicest gift!
From day to day, and year to year,
experience makes this truth more clear,
  that he a precious thing hath found,
  to whom a faithful heart is bound.

3. A pious heart, which thou hast brought,
  O God, to trust in thee ;
a loving heart, which thou hast taught
  to love unchangeably;
a heart on which we may depend,
in weal and woe, till life shall end;
  a heart which is fast linked to ours
  by love most strong in darkest hours.

4. Let him then bless thee, who thro' thee
  hath me so richly blessed;
may blessings both on thee and me,
  whate'er befall us, rest!
In faith, and hope, and love, both one,
may we our course together run;
  and when our life on earth is o'er,
  live with the Lord for evermore.

Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica II, 1864, 39-40.
Translated from the German Wir haben uns, durch Gottes Hand - Der gute Fund
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.

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