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Alongs my soul, O King of kings,
So thirsts, great Source of life, for Thee.
4 Why thus, my soul, with care opprest?
5 To Him my thanks shall still be paid,
MY God! permit me not to be
A stranger to myself and Thee;
2 Why should my passions mix with earth And thus debase my heavenly birth? Why should I cleave to things below, And let my God, my Father, go?
3 Call me away from flesh and sense;
And all inferior joys resign.
4 Be earth, with all her cares, withdrawn ; Let noise and vanity be gone;
In secret silence of the mind,
My heaven, and there my God, I find.
D Behold my heart, and see;
O not I love Thee, O my Lord?
And turn each hateful idol out
2 Do not I love Thee from my soul?
3 Is not Thy name melodious still
Doth not each pulse with pleasure beat
4 Hast Thou a lamb in all Thy flock
Hast Thou a foe before whose face
5 Thou know'st I love Thee, dearest Lord;
Far from the sphere of mortal joys,
OLEST Jesus! when my soaring thoughts
How is my soul in transport lost-
2 Not softest strains can charm mine ears, Like Thy belovéd name;
Nor aught beneath the skies inspire
3 Where'er I look, my wond'ring eyes
But what is life, with all its bliss,
4 When nature faints, around my bed
And death shall all his terrors lose
OD, my supporter and my hope,
Thine arm of mercy holds me up,
2 Thy counsels, Lord, shall guide my feet
Thy hand conduct me near Thy seat,
3 Were I in heaven without my God,
And while this earth is my abode,
4 What if the springs of life were broke,
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RISE, my soul! and stretch thy wings,
Thy better portion trace;
Rise from transitory things
Toward heaven, thy native place:
Time shall soon this earth remove;
2 Rivers to the ocean run,
Nor stay in all their course;
3 Cease, ye pilgrims! cease to mourn,
HOU art my portion, O my God;
My heart makes haste t' obey Thy word,
2 I choose the path of heavenly truth,
3 The testimonies of Thy grace
4 Whene'er I wander from Thy path,
Then turn my feet to Thy commands,
5 Now I am Thine, for ever Thine:
6 Thou hast inclined this heart of mine
And thus till mortal life shall end