How long wilt thou conceal thy face?
      My God, how long delay?

How long wilt thou conceal thy face?
      My God, how long delay?
When shall I feel those heav'nly rays
      That chase my fears away?

How long shall my poor lab'ring soul
      Wrestle and toil in vain?
Thy word can all my foes control,
      And ease my raging pain.

See how the prince of darkness tries
      All his malicious arts
He spreads a mist around my eyes,
      And throws his fiery darts.

Be thou my sun, and thou my shield,
      My soul in safety keep;
Make haste, before mine eyes are sealed
      In death's eternal sleep.

How would the tempter boast aloud
      If I become his prey!
Behold, the sons of hell grow proud
      At thy so long delay.

But they shall fly at thy rebuke,
      And Satan hide his head;
He knows the terrors of thy look,
      And hears thy voice with dread.

Thou wilt display that sovereign grace,
      Where all my hopes have hung;
I shall employ my lips in praise,
      And victory shall be sung.

~ Isaac Watts




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