Scripture Verse

When thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father. Matthew 6:6


John B. Dykes

Words: Will­iam A. Dun­ker­ley, The Vi­sion Splen­did 1917. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as John Ox­en­ham, of one Dun­ker­ley’s pseu­do­nyms.

Music: St. Ag­nes John B. Dykes, in Hym­nal for Use in the Eng­lish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

William A. Dunkerley
National Portrait Gallery



’Mid all the traffic of the ways,
Turmoils without, within,
Make in my heart a quiet place,
And come and dwell therein.

A little shrine of quietness,
All sacred to Thyself,
Where Thou shalt all my soul possess,
And I may find myself.

A little shelter from life’s stress,
Where I may lay me prone,
And bare my soul in loneliness,
And know as I am known.

A little place of mystic grace,
Of self and sin swept bare,
Where I may look upon Thy face,
And talk with Thee in prayer.