O Source divine, and Life of all

O Source divine, and Life of all

Author: John Sterling
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1 O SOURCE divine, and Life of all,
The Fount of being's wondrous sea!
Thy depth would every heart appall,
That saw not Love supreme in thee.

2 We shrink before thy vast abyss,
Where worlds on worlds eternal brood;
We know thee truly but in this--
That thou bestowest all our good.

3 And so, 'mid boundless time and space,
Oh, grant us still with thee to dwell,
And through the ceaseless web to trace
Thy presence working all things well!

4 Nor let thou life's delightful play
Thy truth's transcendent vision hide;
Nor strength and gladness lead astray
From thee, our nature's only guide.

5 Bestow on every joyous thrill
Thy deeper tone of reverent awe;
Make pure thy children's erring will,
And teach their hearts to love thy law!

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #130

Author: John Sterling

Sterling was born at Kames Castle, Bute, July 20, 1806, and died at Ventnor, Isle of Wight, Sep. 18, 1844. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907… Go to person page >

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Author: John Sterling



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