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Milgrove was Precentor of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel in Bath (see illustration). This setting comes from "Twelve hymns and a favourite lyric poem written by Doctor Watts; set to music for four, and five voices, with organ accompaniments.... " Printed for the author, and sold at his house in Bond Street, Bath, 1781. The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.

Lyrics: Charles Wesley

By me, O my saviour, stand,
In ev'ry trying hour;
Guard me with thy outstretched hand.
And hold me by thy power;
Mindful of thy faithful word,
Thine all sufficient grace bestow;
Keep me, keep me, dearest Lord,
And never let me go.

Give me, Lord, an holy fear,
And fix it in my heart,
That I may from evil near,
With speedy care depart:
Still thy timely help afford,
And all thy loving kindness shew;
Keep me, keep me dearest Lord,
And never let me go.

Let me never leave thy breast,
From thee, my saviour, stray:
Thou art my support and rest,
My true and living way;
My exceeding great reward,
In heav'n above, and earth below,
Keep me, keep me dearest Lord,
And never let me go.

Never let me go, till I,
Up-borne on songs of love,
Gain the regions of the sky,
And take my seat above:
Thou hast past thy gracious word,
That thou wilt bring me safely through;
Thou wilt therefore keep me, Lord,
And never let me go.

Benjamin Milgrove
(1731 - 1810)

Milgrove : By me, O my saviour stand : illustration


By me, O my saviour stand

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