15872. Return, My Roving Heart, Return

1 Return, my roving heart, return,
And chase these shadowy forms no more;
Seek out some solitude to mourn,
And thy forsaken God implore.

2 Wisdom and pleasure dwell at home;
Retired and silent, seek them there:
True conquest is ourselves t’o’ercome,
True strength to break the tempter’s snare.

3 And Thou, my God, whose piercing eye
Distinct surveys each deep recess,
In these abstracted hours draw nigh,
And with Thy presence fill the place.

4 Thro’ all the mazes of my heart,
My search let heav’nly wisdom guide,
And still its radiant beams impart,
Till all be searched, and purified.

5 Then with the visits of Thy love,
Vouchsafe my inmost soul to cheer;
Till every grace shall join to prove
That God hath fixed His dwelling there.

Text Information
First Line: Return, my roving heart, return
Title: Return, My Roving Heart, Return
Author: Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures by Job Orton, Shropshire: Joshua Eddowes and John Cotton, 1755
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: ALLMÄCHTIGER GOTT by Johann Crüger, ANGELUS by Georg Joseph, ARIZONA by Robert H. Earnshaw, BABYLON's STREAMS by Thomas Campion
Tune Information
Composer: Henri Abraham César Malan
Meter: LM
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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