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64. hymn for the National fast, September 26, 1861.

With humbled hearts, great God, this day,
     Before Thy throne we sorrowing stand;
O hear our prayer, forgive our sins,
     And turn Thy judgments from our land.

Our fathers placed their trust in Thee,
     And Thou didst lead them like a flock;
Through Thee they stemm'd the wintry waves,
     Through Thee they braved the battle's shock.

Be to the sons once more, O God,
     As to their sires Thou wert so long;
Revive our faith, rebuke our fears,
     And let us in Thy might be strong.

The clouds which thicken o'er our path,
     'Tis Thine alone to chase away;
O! show the brightness of Thy face,
     And turn our darkness into day.

Pour forth Thy Spirit, gracious Lord,
     To help us in this hour of need;
Appease the rage which rends our land,
     And bid its wounds no longer bleed.

[50] In vain we burnish sword or shield,
     Without a blessing from on high;
If radiant with no smile from Thee,
     In vain our banners sweep the sky.

Give counsel to our chosen chiefs;
     Give courage to our marshall'd bands;
Let prayer, and faith, and trust in God,
     Inflame their hearts, and nerve their hands.

In no resentment let them strike;
     No hatred stain their holy cause;
But consecrated be each arm
     To “Union, Freedom, and the Laws.”

And O! in Thine own time, restore
     Good — will and peace from sea to sea;
And in each brother's breast revive
     The love that springs from love to Thee.

So may our land, from danger freed,
     With one consent Thy mercy own;
And every knee and heart be bent
     In grateful homage at Thy throne.

“Not unto us-Not unto us,”
     In joyful chorus then we'll sing;
“But all the glory, all the praise,
     Be unto Thee, our God and King!”

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