How oft have sin and Satan strove

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This is an hymn by Isaac Watts, Hymn 139 of Book 1, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, entitled Hope in the covenant; or, God's promise and truth unchangeable, based on Hebrews 6:17-19.

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How oft have sin and Satan strove
To rend my soul from thee, my God!
But everlasting is thy love,
And Jesus seals it with his blood.

The oath and promise of the Lord
Join to confirm the wondrous grace;
Eternal power performs the word,
And fills all heaven with endless praise.

Amidst temptations sharp and long,
My soul to this dear refuge flies;
Hope is my anchor, firm and strong,
While tempests blow and billows rise.

The gospel bears my spirit up;
A faithful and unchanging God
Lays the foundation for my hope
In oaths, and promises, and blood.

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