Thou Life within my life, than self more near

Thou Life within my life, than self more near

Author: Eliza Scudder
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1 Thou life within my life, than self more near,
Thou veiled Presence infinitely clear,
From all illusive shows of sense I flee,
To find my center and my rest in Thee.

2 Below all depths Thy saving mercy lies,
Through thickest gloom I see Thy light arise,
Above the highest heaven Thou art not found
More surely than within this earthly round.

3 Take part with me against those doubts that rise
And seek to throne Thee far in distant skies;
Take part with me against this self that dares
Assume the burden of these sins and cares.

4 How shall I call Thee who art always here?
How shall I praise Thee who art still most dear?
What may I give Thee save what Thou hast given,
And whom but Thee have I in earth or heaven?


Source: The Hymnal #320

Author: Eliza Scudder

Scudder, Eliza , niece of Dr. E. H. Sears, (q.v.), was born in Boston, U.S.A., Nov. 14,1821, and now (1888) lives in Salem, Massachusetts. Formerly an Unitarian, she some time ago joined the Protestant Episcopal Church. Her hymns in common use are:— 1. From past regret and present[faithlessness] feebleness . Repentance. In the Quiet Hours, Boston, 1875. 2. I cannot find Thee! Still on restless pinion . Seeking after God. Appeared in Longfellow and Johnson's Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, 1864. 3. In Thee my powers and treasures live. Faith. 4. Life of our life, and light of all our seeing! Prayer. In the Boston Quiet Hours, 1875. 5. The day is done; the weary day of thought and toil is past. Evening. In Sermons and Son… Go to person page >

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