To Keep The Lamp Alive


To keep the lamp alive
With oil we fill the bowl;
‘Tis water makes the willow thrive,
And grace that fees the soul.

The Lord’s unsparing hand
Supplies the living stream;
It is not at our own command,
But still derived from him.

Beware of Peter’s word
Nor confidently say,
“I never will deny thee, Lord,”
But grant I never may.

Man’s wisdom is to seek
His strength in God alone;
And e’en an angel would be weak,
Who trusted in his own.

Retreat beneath his wings,
And in his grace confide;
This more exalts the King of kings
Than all your works beside.

In Jesus is our store,
Grace issues from his throne;
Whoever says, “I want no more,”
Confesses he has none.

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the use of Christians. st Ed.,