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First Line: Out of the heavens come down to me
Last Line: In things eternal, -- only there.
Subject(s): God

OUT of the heavens come down to me,
O Lord, and hear my earnest prayer;
On life above the life I see
Fix thou my soul, and keep it there.

The richest joys of earth are poor;
The fairest forms are all unfair;
On what is peaceable and pure
Set thou my heart, and keep it there.

Pride builds her house upon the sand;
Ambition treads the spider's stair;
On whatsoever things will stand
Set thou my feet, and keep them there.

The past is vanished in the past;
The future doth a shadow wear;
On whatsoever things are fast
Fix thou mine eyes, and keep them there.

In spite of slander's tongue, in spite
Of burdens grievous hard to bear,
To whatsoever things are right
Set thou my hand, and keep it there.

Life is a little troubled breath,
Love but another name for care;
Lord, anchor thou my hope and faith
In things eternal, -- only there.

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