He sent forth the dove out of the ark, and the dove came in to him in the evening.@Genesis 8:10-11
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The Dove Returns
Moritz D. Oppenheim (1800-1882)

Fanny Crosby, in Songs of Joy and Gladness, by William McDonald et al. (Boston, Massachusetts: McDonald, Gill & Company, 1886), number 45.

William J. Kirkpatrick (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

Like a bird on the deep, far away from its nest,
I had wandered, my Savior, from Thee,
But Thy dear loving voice called me home to Thy breast,
And I knew there was welcome for me.

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Welcome for me, Savior, from Thee;
A smile and a welcome for me;
Now, like a dove, I rest in Thy love,
And find a sweet refuge in Thee.

I am safe in the ark; I have folded my wings
On the bosom of mercy divine;
I am filled with the light, of Thy presence so bright,
And the joy that will ever be mine.

Refrain

I am safe in the ark, and I dread not the storm,
Though around me the surges may roll;
I will look to the skies, where the day never dies,
I will sing of the joy in my soul.

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