Shelter Me

Let Thy perfect peace, Eternal
Father, garrison my soul,
Where the tempests from infernal
Regions round about me roll.
Mid the threatening of the thunder,
When the lightnings smite the eye,
When the death that seeks to sunder
Soul and body riots nigh.
Shelter me, Eternal Lover,
From the life-destroying dart;
Mid the tumult do Thou cover
From misfortune head and heart.
Hitherto Thy mercy tender
Has preserved me night and day;
Take it not, Divine Defender,
From Thy feeble child away.
Let me live, but not to grieve Thee,
Not that I may sin pursue;
But to love Thee, to believe Thee,
To delight Thy will to do.