Scripture Verse

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8:35

Introduction

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William Cowper (1731–1800)

Words: Mad­ame Guy­on, Po­é­sies et Can­tiques Spir­i­tu­els 1722. Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by Wil­liam Cow­per in his post­hu­mous Po­ems Trans­lat­ed from the French of Mad­ame de la Mothe Gui­on, 1801. The ly­rics may be part­ly au­to­bio­graph­ic­al, re­flect­ing Guy­on’s pe­ri­ods of im­pri­son­ment and ban­ish­ment.

Music: Ham­burg Lo­well Ma­son, 1824. First pub­lished in The Bo­ston Han­del and Hay­dn So­ci­ety Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, third edi­tion, 1825 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason (1792–1872)

Lyrics

My Lord, how full of sweet con­tent;
I pass my years of ban­is­hment!
Where’er I dwell, I dwell with Thee,
In Hea­ven, in earth, or on the sea.

To me re­mains nor place nor time;
My coun­try is in ev­ery clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there.

While place we seek, or place we shun
The soul finds hap­pi­ness in none;
But with a God to guide our way,
’Tis eq­ual joy, to go or stay.

Could I be cast where Thou are not,
That were in­deed a dread­ful lot:
But re­gions none re­mote I call,
Secure of find­ing God in all.