Scripture Verse

Early will I seek Thee; my soul thirsteth for Thee.@Psalm 63:1

Words: Hel­en M. Will­iams, Poems 1786.

Music: Simp­son ar­ranged from the can­ta­ta Cru­ci­fix­ion, by Lud­wig Spohr (1784–1859) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ludwig Spohr

While Thee I seek, protecting Power,
Be my vain wishes stilled;
And may this consecrated hour
With better hopes be filled.

Thy love the power of thought bestowed;
To Thee my thoughts would soar:
Thy mercy o’er my life has flowed;
That mercy I adore.

In each event of life, how clear
Thy ruling hand I see!
Each blessing to my soul more dear,
Because conferred by Thee.

In every joy that crowns my days,
In every pain I bear,
My heart shall find delight in praise,
Or seek relief in prayer.

When gladness wings my favored hour,
Thy love my thoughts shall fill;
Resigned, when storms of sorrow lower,
My soul shall meet Thy will.

My lifted eye, without a tear,
The gathering storm shall see:
My steadfast heart shall know no fear;
That heart will rest on Thee.