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Hymn #206: Encompassed With Clouds Of Distress

Hymn #205 Hymn #207

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206 (8.8.8.8.D) Augustus Toplady

Encompassed with clouds of distress,

And tempted all hopes to resign,

I pant for the light of Thy face,

That I in Thy beauty may shine;

Disheartened with waiting so long,

I sink at Thy feet with my load;

All plaintive I pour out my song,

And stretch forth my hands unto God.

Shine, Lord, and my terror shall cease;

The blood of atonement apply,

And lead me to Jesus for peace:

The Rock that is higher than I!

Speak, Saviour, for sweet is Thy voice;

Thy presence is fair to behold;

I thirst for Thy Spirit, with cries

And groanings that cannot be told.

If sometimes I strive as I mourn

My hold on Thy promise to keep,

The billows more fiercely return,

And plunge me again in the deep;

O'erwhelmed and cast out from Thy sight,

The tempter suggests with a roar,

"The Lord has forgotten thee quite —

Thy God will be gracious no more!"

Yet, Lord, if Thy love hath designed

No covenant blessing for me,

Ah, tell me, how is it I find

Some sweetness in waiting for Thee?

Almighty to rescue Thou art;

Thy grace is immortal and free;

Lord, succor and comfort my heart;

And make me live wholly to Thee.

Hymn #205 Hymn #207