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660 The Jewish Quarterly Review. 



MEDITATION FOR THE DAY OF ATONEMENT. 



Oh ! would that I might be 

A servant unto thee, 

Thou God by all adored : 

Then, though by friends out-cast, 

Thy hand would hold me fast 

And draw me near to thee, my King and Lord. 



Spirit and flesh are thine, 

O Heavenly Shepherd mine ; 

My hopes, my thoughts, my fears, thou seest all, 

Thou measurest my path, my steps dost know. 

When thou upholdest, who can make me fall ? 

When thou restrainest, who can bid me go ? 

Oh ! would that I might be 

A servant unto thee, 

Thou God by all adored : 

Then, though by friends out-cast. 

Thy hand would hold me fast 

And draw me near to thee, my King and Lord. 



Fain would my heart draw nigh 

To thee, O God ! on high. 

But evil thoughts have led me far astray 

From the pure path of righteous government. 

Guide thou me back into thy holy way, 

And count me not as one impenitent. 

Oh ! would that I might be 

A servant unto thee. 

Thou God by all adored : 

Then, though by friends out-cast. 

Thy hand would hold me fast 

And draw me near to thee, my King and Lord. 



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062 The Jewish Quarterly Review. 

If in my youth, I still 

Fail to perform thy will, 

"What can I hope when age shall chill my breast ? 

Heal me, O Lord ! with thee is healing found — 

Cast me not off, by weight of years oppress'd. 

Forsake me not when age my strength has bound. 

Oh ! would that I might be 

A servant unto thee. 

Thou God by all adored : 

Then, though by friends out-cast, 

Thy hand would hold me fast 

And draw me near to thee, my King and Lord. 

Contrite and full of dread, 

I mourn each moment fled 

Midst idle follies roaming desolate ; 

I sink beneath transgressions manifold. 

That from thy presence keep me separate ; 

]Nor can sin-darkened eyes thy light behold. 

Oh ! would that I might be 

A servant unto thee. 

Thou God by all adored: 

Then, though by friends out-cast, 

Thy hand would hold me fast 

And draw me near to thee, my King and Lord. 

So lead me that I may 

Thy sovereign will obey. 

Make pure my heart to seek thy truth divine. 

When burns my wound, be thou with healing near I 

Answer me, Lord ! for sore distress is mine, 

And say unto thy servant, I am here ! 

Oh ! would that I might be 

A servant unto thee. 

Thou God by all adored : 

Then, though by friends out-cast. 

Thy hand would hold me fast 

And draw me near to thee, my King and Lord. 

Alice Lucas 



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