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Hymn 71

John Newton


At parting.


As the sun’s enliv’ning eye

Shines on every place the same;

So the LORD is always nigh

To the souls that love his name.

When they move at duty’s call,

He is with them by the way;

He is ever with them all,

Those who go, and those who stay.

From his holy mercy–seat

Nothing can their souls confine;

Still in spirit they may meet,

And in sweet communion join.

For a season called to part,

Let us then ourselves commend

To the gracious eye and heart,

Of our ever–present Friend.

Jesus, hear our humble prayer!

Tender Shepherd of thy sheep!

Let thy mercy and thy care

All our souls in safety keep.

In thy strength may we be strong,

Sweeten every cross and pain;

Give us, if we live, ere long

Here to meet in peace again.

Then, if thou thy help afford,

Ebenezers shall be reared;

And our souls shall praise the Lord

Who our poor petitions heard.

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