10788. In Time Of Tribulation

1 In time of tribulation,
Hear, Lord, my feeble cries;
With humble supplication
To Thee my spirit flies;
My heart with grief is breaking,
Scarce can my voice complain;
Mine eyes with tears kept waking,
Still watch and weep in vain.

2 The days of old, in vision,
Bring banished bliss to view;
The years of lost fruition,
Their joys in pangs renew;
Remembered songs of gladness,
Through nights lone silence brought,
Strike notes of deeper sadness,
And stir desponding thought.

3 Hath God cast off forever?
Can time His truth impair?
His tender mercy never
Shall I presume to share?
Hath He His loving kindness
Shut up in endless wrath?
No; this is mine own blindness,
That cannot see His path.

4 I call to recollection
The years of His right hand;
And, strong in His protection,
Again through faith I stand;
Thy deeds, O Lord, are wondrous;
Holy are all Thy ways;
The secret place of thunder
Shall utter forth Thy praise.

5 Thee, with the tribes assembled,
O God, the billows saw;
They saw Thee, and they trembled,
Turned, and stood still with awe;
The clouds shot hail and lightning;
The earth reeled to and fro;
Thy fiery pillar brightened
The gulf of gloom below.

6 Thy way is in great waters,
Thy footsteps are not known;
Let Adam’s sons and daughters
Confide in Thee alone:
Through the wild sea Thou leadest
Thy chosen flock of yore;
Still on the waves Thou treadest,
And Thy redeemed pass o’er.

Text Information
First Line: In time of tribulation
Title: In Time Of Tribulation
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Source: Selection of Psalms and Hymns, by Thomas Cotterill (London: 1819)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Meter: 76.76 D
Key: E♭ Major
Source: A Selection of Psalms and Hymns by Charles Kemble (London: John F. Shaw, 1864)
Copyright: Public Domain

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