O God of grace and righteousness,
Hear and attend when I complain;
Thou hast enlarged me in distress,
Bow down a gracious ear again.
Ye sons of men, in
vain ye try
To turn my glory into shame;
How long will scoffers love to lie,
And dare reproach my Savior�s Name?
Know that the Lord divides His saints
From all the tribes of men beside;
He hears the cry of penitents,
For the dear sake of Christ that died.
When our obedient hands have done
A thousand works of righteousness
We put our trust in God alone,
And glory in His pard�ning grace.
Let the unthinking many say,
�Who will bestow some earthly good?�
But Lord, Thy light and love we pray;
Our souls desire this heav�nly food.
Then shall my cheerful powers rejoice,
At grace and favors so divine;
Nor will I change my happy choice
For all their corn, and all their wine.