Thou life within my life, than self more near,
Thou veilèd presence infinitely clear,
From all illusive shows of sense I flee,
To find my center and my rest in Thee.
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.
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!
How can 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?