Scripture Verse

My hope is in Thee. Psalm 39:7


Words: Anne Steele, Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al 1760.

Music: Re­pose (Har­mo­nia), in Har­mon­ia Sacra, 5th ed­i­tion, by Jo­seph Funk, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Thou only sovereign of my heart,
My refuge, my almighty friend—
And can my soul from Thee depart,
On whom alone my hopes depend?

Whither, ah! whither shall I go,
A wretched wanderer from my Lord?
Can this dark world of sin and woe
One glimpse of happiness afford?

Eternal life Thy words impart;
On these my fainting spirit lives;
Here sweeter comforts cheer my heart
Than all the round of nature gives.

Let earth’s alluring joys combine,
While Thou art near, in vain they call;
One smile, one blissful smile of Thine,
My dearest Lord, outweighs them all.

Thy name my inmost powers adore,
Thou art my life, my joy, my care:
Depart from thee—’tis death—’tis more,
’Tis endless ruin, deep despair.

Low at Thy feet my soul would lie,
Here safety dwell, and peace divine;
Still let me live beneath Thine eye,
For life, eternal life is Thine.