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|ZION stands by hills surrounded,
Zion kept by power divine;
All her foes shall be confounded,
Though the world in arms combine:
What a favoured lot is thine!
|2||Every human tie may perish;
Friend to friend unfaithful prove;
Mothers cease their own to cherish;
Heaven and earth at last remove;
But no changes
Can affect our Saviour’s love.
|3||Zion’s Friend in nothing alters,
Though all others may and do;
His is love that never falters,
Always to its object true.
Crowned with mercies ever new.
|4||If our Lord should show displeasure,
’Tis to save, and not destroy;
If He punish, ’tis in measure,
And to rid us of alloy.
Bless His wisdom!
Soon our grief shall turn to joy.
|5||In the furnace God may prove us,
Thence to bring us forth more bright,
But will never cease to love us:
We are precious in His sight:
God thine everlasting light.
|Thomas Kelly, 1769-1855|