Christ My Song - 1945
Deal gently with thy servant, Lord
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Deal gently with thy servant, Lord.
"O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath." (Psalm 38,1)
2. Thy frown is terrible to bear,
but grace a spring of hope supplies;
thine anger more than death I fear,
thy favour more than life I prize.
3. But much I fear, lest in some hour
of sore temptation, I may fall;
and yielding to the tempter's power,
may faithless prove, and give up all.
4. Lord, save thy worm, for thou alone
canst keep me in the trying hour;
thy help I trust to, not my own;
thy love, thy wisdom, and thy power.
5. When chastisement shall needful be,
correct thy worm, but not in wrath;
a father's hand I fain would see;
a father's rod no terror hath.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 173.