My present help in trouble

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, 1744, from Hymns in Times of Trouble, Hymn 1. Published with six stanzas of meter 77. 447. 77. 447, it is often divided into twelve stanzas of meter 77. 447.

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1 My present help in trouble,
My soul’s eternal lover,
Beneath thy shade
I hide my head
Till all the storm is over.

O bring me by thy mercy
Through this severe temptation,
And all day long
My joyful song
Shall publish thy salvation.

2. Thine arm is still unshortened,
And ready to deliver,
Thy glorious name
Remains the same,
A rock that stands for ever.

This, this is our sure refuge,
When earth and hell oppress us,
For earth and hell
Bow down, and feel
The almighty name of Jesus.

 

3. Jesus, by faith I place me
Beneath thy name’s protection:
While thou art nigh
I dare defy
The hellish insurrection.

On the accusing serpent
After thy great example
Fearless I tread,
And bruise his head,
And on his kingdom trample.

4. I now admire the worthies,
And saints in sacred story;
Their steps pursue,
Their wonders do,
And emulate their glory.

By faith they waxed courageous,
And bad their foes defiance,
Strong in the Lord,
Escaped the sword,
And stopped the mouths of lions.

 

5. By faith they conquered kingdoms,
And higher rose and higher,
March’d through the sea
Convoyed by thee,
And walked unhurt in fire.

Them in the burning furnace
Thou didst, O Lord, deliver:
And in the flame
Thy help I claim,
And trust in thee for ever.

6. I ask thy promised succors,
Nor fear I a denial:
Thou Son of man,
My soul sustain
Throughout the fiery trial.

With thine almighty presence
Let me be still attended,
And lo! I dwell
Secure in hell
Till all my days are ended.

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