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Were I to cross from land to land

WERE I TO CROSS FROM LAND TO LAND
and sail afar by sea,
descend the depths or climb the heights,
my Lord remains with me.

2. Before the blood ran in these veins,
the days ordained for me
were written in your book, O Lord,
before I came to be.

3. I grieve to hear your enemies
speak hatred, Lord, of you;
long though they scheme with ill-intent,
their days are numbered too.

4. How precious are your thoughts to me,
how countless, Lord, they are,
more than the shores have grains of sand,
more than the skies have stars.

5. Come search and test this heart, O Lord,
dispel each anxious thought,
and lead me onward evermore
to tread the path I ought.

6. How blessed I am, so bound with love,
surrounded, yet so free;
in doubt or blessing, life or death,
my Lord remains with me.

(BASED ON PSALM 139)

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