My dear Redeemer and my Lord

My dear Redeemer and my Lord,
I read my duty in thy word.  
But in thy life the law appears
drawn out in living characters.  
Such was thy truth, and such thy zeal,
such deference to thy Father's will,
such love, and meekness so divine,
I would transcribe and make them mine.

Cold mountains and the midnight air
witnessed the fervor of your prayer.
The desert thy temptations knew,
thy conflict and thy victory too.  
Be thou my pattern; make me bear
more of thy gracious image here.  
Then God the judge shall own my name
among the foll'wers of the Lamb.

#547 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book II, 1707, alt.
   Tune:  American folk melody, The Christian Harmony, 1805;
                                harmonized by J. Harold Moyer, 1965
                    Harmonization copyright 1969 Faith & Life/Mennonite Publishing House

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