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Now I have found the ground wherein

Now I have found the ground wherein
sure my soul’s anchor shall remain-
the wounds of Jesus, for my sin
before the world’s foundation slain;
whose mercy shall unshaken stay
when heaven and earth have fled away.

2. Father, your everlasting grace
our scanty thought surpasses far;
your heart still melts with tenderness,
your arms of love still open are,
returning sinners to receive
that mercy they may taste, and live.

3. O love, your fathomless abyss
has drowned my sins eternally;
covered is my unrighteousness,
no spot of guilt remains on me,
while Jesus’ blood, through earth and skies,
‘Mercy, free, boundless mercy!’ cries.

4. Jesus, I know, has died for me;
here is my hope, my joy, my rest;
to him, when hell assails, I flee;
in him alone shall I be blessed.
Away, sad doubt and anxious fear!
Mercy is all that’s written there.

5. Though waves and storms break overhead,
though strength and health and friends are gone,
though joys are withered all and dead
and every comfort is withdrawn;
steadfast, on this my soul relies:
Father, your mercy never dies.

6. Fixed on this ground I will remain
though heart may fail and flesh decay;
this anchor shall my soul sustain
when earth’s foundations melt away;
mercy’s full power I then shall prove,
loved with an everlasting love.

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