To Thee, Our God, We Fly

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Melody - "Croft's 136th", William Croft, 1709; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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William W. How, 1871

To Thee, our God, we fly
For mercy and for grace;
Oh, hear our lowly cry
And hide not Thou Thy face!
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O Lord, stretch forth Thy mighty hand
And guard and bless our Fatherland.

2. Arise, O Lord of hosts,
Be jealous for Thy name
And drive from out our coasts
The sins that put to shame.
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3. Thy best gifts from on high
In rich abundance pour
That we may magnify
And praise Thee more and more.
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4. The powers ordained by Thee
With heavenly wisdom bless;
May they Thy servants be
And rule in righteousness!
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5. The Church of Thy dear Son
Inflame with love's pure fire;
Bind her once more in one
And life and truth inspire.
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6. The pastors of Thy fold
With grace and power endue
That, faithful, pure, and bold,
They may be pastors true.
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7. Oh, let us love Thy house
And sanctify Thy day,
Bring unto Thee our vows,
And loyal homage pay. Refrain:

8. Give peace, Lord, in our time;
Oh, let no foe draw nigh
Nor lawless deed of crime
Insult Thy majesty!
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9. Though vile and worthless, still
Thy people, Lord, are we;
And for our God we will
None other have but Thee.
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