Scripture Verse

Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Psalm 55:6


Thomas Moore (1779–1852)

Words: Tho­mas Moore, Sac­red Songs 1816.

Music: Bridg­man ar­ranged from Beet­ho­ven by George Kings­ley, 1853 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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The bird, let loose in east­ern skies,
When hast­en­ing fond­ly home,
Ne’er stoops to earth her wing, nor flies
Where idle warb­lers roam.

But high she shoots through air and light,
Above all low de­lay,
Where no­thing earth­ly bounds her flight,
Nor sha­dow dims her way.

So grant me, God, from ev­ery care
And stain of pass­ion free,
Aloft, through vir­tue’s pur­er air,
To hold my course to Thee!

No sin to cloud, no lure to stay
My soul, as home she springs—
Thy sun­shine on her joy­ful way,
Thy free­dom in her wings!

Homing Pigeon