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|BLESS Thy servants, Lord, uphold them,
Called in other lands to sow;
Guide, protect, inspire and help them,
O assure them as they go;
Be Thou with them:
All Thy comforts may they know.
|2||Friends and home and all forsaking,
Lord, they go at Thy command;
As their stay Thy promise taking,
While they traverse sea and land;
O be with them:
Lead them safely by the hand.
|3||When no fruit appears to cheer them,
And they seem to toil in vain,
Then in mercy, Lord, draw near them,
Then their sinking hopes sustain:
Let their zeal revive again.
|4||In the midst of opposition,
Let them trust, O Lord, in Thee:
When success attends their mission,
Let Thy servants humble be:
Never leave them,
Till Thy face in Heaven they see . . .
|5||There to reap in joy for ever
Fruit that grows from seed here sown;
There to be with Him, Who never
Ceases to preserve His own,
And with triumph
Sing the Saviourís grace alone.
|Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855á|