833. O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

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1 O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

2 O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
my heart restores its borrowed ray,
that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
may brighter, fairer be.

3 O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be.

4 O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
and from the ground there blossoms red
life that shall endless be.

Text Information
First Line: O Love that wilt not let me go
Title: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Author: George Matheson (1881, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.8.8.8.6.
Scripture: Genesis 11:6-7; 2 Samuel 22:29; Psalm 30:5; Psalm 36:9; Isaiah 60:19; Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 16:24; John 8:12; John 15:9-11; Romans 8:35-39; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 3:17-19; Revelation 21:4
Topic: Commitment; Eternal Life; Joy (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ST. MARGARET
Composer: Albert Lister Peace (1884, alt.)
Meter: 8.8.8.8.6.
Key: G Major or modal


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This intense hymn of commitment to God (addressed as Love, Light, and Joy) closes with an invocation of the ultimate testimony to those attributes (the Cross). The composer, a Scotsman, named this specially composed tune for the 11th-century patroness of Scotland.


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