Scripture Verse

Thy will be done. Matthew 26:42


Words: Will­iam T. Mat­son, The In­ner Life (Lon­don: El­li­ott Stock, 1866), num­ber 40, alt.

Music: Di­man Jo­seph E. Sweet­ser (1817–1873) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Oh, blessèd Life! The heart at rest,
When all without tumultuous seems,
That trusts a higher Will, and deems
That higher Will, not mine, is best.

O blessèd Life! The mind that sees,
Whatever change the years may bring,
A mercy still in every thing,
And, shining through all mysteries.

O blessèd Life! The soul that soars,
When sense of mortal sight is dim,
Beyond the sense, beyond to Him,
Whose love unlocks the heav’nly doors.

O blessèd Life! Heart, mind, and soul,
From self-born aims and wishes free,
In all at one with Deity,
And loyal to the Lord’s control.

O Life, how blessèd, how divine!
High life, the earnest of a higher!
Savior, fulfill my deep desire,
And let this blessèd Life be mine!