8178. On Thee, Great Ruler Of The Skies

1 On Thee, great Ruler of the skies,
On Thee our steadfast hope relies;
When hostile powers against us join,
What aid so present, Lord, as Thine?

2 By Thee secured, no fears we own,
Though earth, convulsed, beneath us groan,
Though tempests o’er her surface sweep,
And whirl her hills into the deep—

3 Though, armed with rage, before our eyes
That deep in all its horrors rise,
While, as the tumult spreads around
The mountains tremble at the sound.

4 Behold fair Sion’s blest retreat,
Where God has fixed His awful seat;
Whose walls to Heaven’s almighty Lord
His chosen residence afford.

5 No tempests here licentious stray,
But soft along their level way
The sacred streams their course maintain,
And crown with health their happy plain.

6 God, ever watchful, ever nigh,
Bids storms around her harmless fly;
His early care each foe withstands,
And backward turns the yielding bands.

Text Information
First Line: On Thee, great Ruler of the skies
Title: On Thee, Great Ruler Of The Skies
Author: James Merrick, 1720-1769
Meter: LM
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: F Major
Source: St. Alban's Tune Book

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