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*Ebenezer (Heb: 'stone of help') −
a public memorial to the help of
the Lord in 1 Samuel 7. 12
A SOVEREIGN protector I have
    Unseen, yet for ever at hand,
Unchangeably faithful to save,
    Almighty to rule and command.
He smiles, and my comforts abound;
    His grace as the dew shall descend,
And walls of salvation surround
    The soul he delights to defend.
2  Kind author and ground of my hope,
    Thee, Thee for my God I avow;
My glad Ebenezer* set up,
    And own Thou hast helped me till now.
I muse on the years that are past,
    Wherein my defence Thou hast proved;
Nor wilt Thou relinquish at last
    A sinner so faithfully loved.
3  Inspirer and hearer of prayer,
    Thou Shepherd and Guardian of Thine,
My all to Thy covenant care
    I sleeping and waking resign.
If Thou art my Shield and my Sun,
    The night is no darkness to me;
And, fast as my moments roll on,
    They bring me but nearer to Thee.
Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740-78