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For National Reprieve. Gen. 18. 32

E. Scott   C.M.

1
When Abram full of sacred awe,
Before Jehovah stood,
And with a humble, fervent prayer,
For guilty Sodom sued;

2
With what success, what wondrous grace,
Was his petition crowned!
The Lord would spare, if in the place
Ten righteous men be found.

3
And could a single holy soul
So rich a boon obtain?
Great God, and shall thy remnant cry
And plead with thee in vain?

4
Britain, all guilty as she is,
Her several saints can boast;
And now their fervent prayers ascend –
And can those prayers be lost?

5
Are not thy righteous dear to thee
Now, as in ancient times?
Or does this guilty land exceed
Gomorrah in its crimes?

6
Still there are those who bear thy name,
Here yet is thine abode;
Long has thy presence blessed our land;
Forsake us not, O God!