5160. O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

1. O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

2. O light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

3. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

4. O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

Text Information
First Line: O Love that wilt not let me go
Title: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
Author: George Matheson (1882)
Meter: 88.88.6
Language: English
Source: Church of Scotland magazine Life and Work, January 1882
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: George Matheson: My hymn was composed in the manse of Innelan [Argyleshire, Scotland] on the evening of the 6th of June, 1882, when I was 40 years of age. I was alone in the manse at that time. It was the night of my sister's marriage, and the rest of the family were staying overnight in Glasgow. Something happened to me, which was known only to myself, and which caused me the most severe mental suffering. The hymn was the fruit of that suffering. It was the quickest bit of work I ever did in my life. I had the impression of having it dictated to me by some inward voice rather than of working it out myself. I am quite sure that the whole work was completed in five minutes, and equally sure that it never received at my hands any retouching or correction. I have no natural gift of rhythm. All the other verses I have ever written are manufactured articles; this came like a dayspring from on high. This hymn was sung at the funeral of American president Calvin Coolidge, January 7, 1933, at the Edwards Congregational Church, Northampton, Massachusetts. According to Mrs. Coolidge, it was his favorite. Alternate tunes: HAMPSTEAD (DAVIES), H. Walford Davies, in In hoc Signo, 1915, number 31; WYKE, Leslie H. Heward, 1897-1943. Heward is said have written the tune while a choir boy at Manchester Cathedral.
Tune Information
Name: ST. MARGARET (Peace)
Composer: Albert Lister Peace (1884)
Meter: 88.88.6
Incipit: 55556 71177 77712
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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