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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
III. “Lord of our soul’s salvation”
By Samuel John Stone (1839–1900)
Hymn of Thanksgiving for the Recovery of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
Sung in St. Paul’s Cathedral on February 27, 1872

LORD of our souls’ salvation!
  Lord of our earthly weal!
We who in tribulation
  Did for Thy mercy kneel,
Lift up glad hearts before Thee,        5
  And eyes no longer dim,
And for Thy grace adore Thee
  In eucharistic hymn.
When vine and fig-tree languish,
  And every fount is dry,        10
When hearts in supreme anguish
  To Thee lift up their cry:
Then doth Thy love deliver!
  From Thine unshortened hand
Joy, like the southern river,        15
  O’erflows the weary land.
Lay dark o’er field and city
  Death’s shadow, and in fear
To Thee, O LORD of Pity,
  GOD of the hearing ear!        20
By the dear Grace that bought us
  We cried as in the night,
And lo! the morning brought us
  From Thee the living light.
Went forth the nation weeping,        25
  With precious seed of prayer,
Hope’s awful vigil keeping
  ’Mid rumours of despair,
Now, to Thy glory bringing
  Its sheaves of praise along,        30
Again it cometh singing
  A happy harvest song.
O sweet and divine fashion
  Of Grace sublime in power!
That meteth out compassion        35
  By sorrow’s direst hour:
O Love, most high, most holy!
  The merciful in might,
That unto hearts most lowly
  Is ever Depth and Height.        40
Bless Thou our adoration!
  Our gladness sanctify!
Be this rejoicing nation
  To Thee by joy more nigh:
Oh be this great Thanksgiving,        45
  That with one voice we raise,
Wrought into holier living
  Through all our after days.
Bless, FATHER, him Thou gavest
  Back to the loyal land;        50
O SAVIOUR, him Thou savest
  Still cover with Thine Hand;
O SPIRIT, the Defender,
  Be his to guard and guide,
Now in life’s mid-day splendour,        55
  On to the eventide!

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