I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.@Song of Solomon 2:1

Al­bert B. Simp­son (1843–1919). Trans­lat­ed from Swedish to Eng­lish by S. C. The­o­dore Ram­sey (1889–?).

Anon­y­mous, be­fore 1932 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Albert B. Simpson (1843–1919)

Down in the valley ’midst lilies sweet scented,
There is the friend whom I love and revere.
Oh, I will follow His steps so contented
As on the breeze His sweet name I can hear.

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O Thou, God’s precious Son,
Who gave Thy life for me,
I am so thankful, Lord, that Thou loved me.

Thee I am seeking, oh, heed my imploring;
Whither in fragrance dost Thou take repose?
Where Thou at midday Thy flock art restoring,
Shaded from heat where the clear fountain flows?

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Now I have found Thee, O Jesus, my Savior;
Let me eternally say, Thou art mine.
Hide not Thy face from the soul seeking favor;
Hast Thou not sought me and said I am Thine?

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Sweet as Thy voice have the angels ne’er spoken;
Soft as Thy smile can the light never be.
Press me so near to Thy heart in love’s token.
Oh, to be Thine, that means heaven to me.

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