A Sovereign Protector I Have



	A Sovereign Protector I have,
	   Unseen, yet forever at hand,
	Unchangeably faithful to save,
	   Almighty to rule and command.
	He smiles, and my comforts abound;
	   His grace like the dew shall descend;
	And walls of salvation surround
	   The soul He delights to defend.
	   
	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 closer to Thee.
	   
	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 defense Thou hast proved;
	Nor wilt Thou relinqush at last
	   A sinner so signally loved!
	   
	Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778   
	

Last Update: Sunday, May 13, 2007
Created by David Burman