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Against me earth and hell combine ; But on my side is Power divine ; Jesus is all, and He is mine !
John Newton. 1779.
When gathering clouds around I view, And days are dark and friends are few, On Him I lean, who not in vain Experienced every human pain ; He sees my wants, allays my fears, And counts and treasures up my tears.
If aught should tempt my soul to stray
From heavenly wisdom's narrow way ;
To fly the good I would pursue,
Or do the sin I would not do ;
Still He, who felt temptation's power,
Shall guard me in that dangerous hour.
If wounded love my bosom swell, Deceived by those I prized too well; He shall His pitying aid bestow, Who felt on earth severer woe ; At once betrayed, denied, or fled, By those who shared His daily bread.
If vexing thoughts within me rise, And, sore dismayed, my spirit dies ; Still He, who once vouchsafed to bear The sickening anguish of despair, Shall sweetly soothe, shall gently dry, The throbbing heart, the streaming eye.