Afflicted souls, to Jesus dear

Afflicted souls, to Jesus dear. John Fawcett* (1740-1817). Published in Fawcett’s Hymns adapted to the circumstances of Public Worship and Private Devotion (Leeds, 1782). It was headed ‘As thy days, so shall thy strength be. Deut. xxxiii 25.’. It had seven stanzas, each ending with graceful variations on the same line: Afflicted souls, to Jesus dear,Thy Saviour’s gracious promise hear, His faithful word declares to thee, That as thy days, thy strength shall be. Let not thy heart despond and say,‘How shall I stand the trying day?’ He has engag’d by firm decree, That as thy days, thy strength shall be. Thy faith is weak, thy foes are strong; Yet sure the conflict shan’t be long; Thy Lord...

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