Thou only sovereign of my heart,
My refuge, my almighty friend—
And can my soul from Thee depart,
On whom alone my hopes depend?
Whither, ah! whither shall I go,
A wretched wanderer from my Lord?
Can this dark world of sin and woe
One glimpse of happiness afford?
Eternal life Thy words impart;
On these my fainting spirit lives;
Here sweeter comforts cheer my heart
Than all the round of nature gives.
Let earth’s alluring joys combine,
While Thou art near, in vain they call;
One smile, one blissful smile of Thine,
My dearest Lord, outweighs them all.
Thy name my inmost powers adore,
Thou art my life, my joy, my care:
Depart from thee—’tis death—’tis more,
’Tis endless ruin, deep despair.
Low at Thy feet my soul would lie,
Here safety dwell, and peace divine;
Still let me live beneath Thine eye,
For life, eternal life is Thine.