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3 He guides our feet, he guards our way;

His morning smiles bless all the day;
He spreads the evening veil, and keeps

The silent hours while Israel sleeps. 4 Israel - a name divinely blest, —

May rise secure, securely rest;
Thy holy Guardian's wakeful eyes
Admit no slumber nor surprise.

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Preservation by Day and Night. Ps. 121.
1 TO heaven I lift my waiting eyes;

There all my hopes are laid ;
The Lord that built the earth and skies

Is my perpetual aid.
2 Their feet shall never slide to fall

Whom he designs to keep; His ear attends the softest call;

His eyes can never sleep.
3 He will sustain our weakest powers

With his almighty arm,
And watch our most unguarded hours

Against surprising harm.
4 Israel, rejoice, and rest secure ;

Thy keeper is the Lord ;
His wakeful eyes employ his power

For thine eternal guard.
5 Nor scorching sun, nor sickly moon,

Shall have his leave to smite ;
He shields thy head from burning noon,

From blasting damps at night.

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6 He guards thy soul, he keeps thy breath,

Where thickest dangers come ;
Go and return, secure from death,

Till God commands thee home.

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Protection, Victory, and Deliverance. Ps. 91.

1 YE sons of men, a feeble race,

Exposed to every snare, Come, make the Lord your dwelling-place,

And try and trust his care.

2 He'll give his angels charge to keep

Your feet in all your ways;
To watch your pillow while you sleep,

And guard your happy days.

3 “Because on me they set their love,

I'll save them,” saith the Lord ; “I'll bear their joyful souls above

Destruction and the sword.

4. “My grace shall answer when they call;

In trouble I'll be nigh;
My power shall help them when they fall,

And raise them when they die.

5 “Those that on earth my name have known,

I'll honor them in heaven;
There my salvation shall be shown,

And endless life be given."

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STERNHOLD. The divine Shepherd. Ps. 23. 1 MY Shepherd is the living Lord;

I therefore nothing need :
In pastures fair, with waters calm,

He sets me forth to feed.

2 He did convert and glad my soul,

And brought my mind in frame
To walk in paths of righteousness

For his most holy name.
3 Yea, though I walk in vale of death,

Yet will I fear no ill;
Thy rod, thy staff doth comfort me,

And thou art with me still.

4 And in the presence of my foes

My table thou shalt spread;
Thou shalt, O Lord, fill full my cup,

And thou anoint my head.

5 Through all my life thy favor is

So frankly showed to me,
That in thy house forevermore

My dwelling-place shall be.

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TATE & BRADY. God our Shepherd. Ps. 23. 1 THE Lord himself, the mighty Lord,

Vouchsafes to be my Guide;
The Shepherd, by whose constant care
My wants are all supplied.

2 In tender grass he makes me feed,

And gently there repose ;
Then leads me to cool shades, and where

Refreshing water flows.
3 He does my wandering soul reclaim,

And, to his endless praise,
Instruct with humble zeal to walk

In his most righteous ways.
4 I pass the gloomy vale of death,

From fear and danger free;
For there his aiding rod and staff

Defend and comfort me.
5 In presence of my spiteful foes,

He does my table spread ;
He crowns my cup with cheerful wine,

With oil anoints my head. 6 Since God doth thus his wondrous love

Through all my life extend,
That life to him I will devote,

And in his temple spend.

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WATTS. God our Shepherd. Ps. 23. 1 MY Shepherd is the living Lord;

Now shall my wants be well supplied ; His providence and holy word

Become my safety and my guide. 2 In pastures where salvation grows,

He makes me feed, he makes me rest ; There living water gently flows,

And all the food divinely blest.

3 3 My wandering feet his ways mistake ;

; But he restores my soul to peace, And leads me, for his mercy's sake,

In the fair paths of righteousness. 4. Though I walk through the gloomy vale,

Where death and all its terrors are, My heart and hope shall never fail,

For God my Shepherd's with me there. 5 Amidst the darkness and the deeps,

Thou art my comfort, thou my stay ; Thy staff supports my feeble steps;

Thy rod directs my doubtful way.

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God our Shepherd. Ps. 23.
1 THE Lord my Shepherd is;

I shall be well supplied ; Since he is mine, and I am his,

What can I want beside ? 2 He leads me to the place

Where heavenly pasture grows, Where living waters gently pass,

And full salvation flows. 3 If e'er I go astray,

He doth my soul reclaim,
And guides me in his own right way,

For his most holy name. 4 While he affords his aid,

I cannot yield to fear; Though I should walk thro’ death's dark shade,

My Shepherd's with me there.

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