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Bow down thine ear, almighty Lord,
and hear thy Church’s suppliant cry
for all who preach thy saving word,
and wait upon thy ministry.
In mercy, Father, now give heed,
and pour thy quickening Spirit’s breath
on those whom thou hast called to feed
thy flock redeemed by Jesus’ death.
O Savior, from thy piercèd hand
shed o’er them all thy gifts divine;
that those who in thy presence stand
may do thy will with love like thine.
Blest Spirit, in their hearts abide,
and give them grace to watch and pray;
that, as they seek thy flock to guide,
themselves may keep the narrow way.
O God, thy strength and mercy send
to shield them in their strife with sin;
grant them, enduring to the end,
the crown of life at last to win.
Thomas Edward Powell (1823-1901), 1864
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