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Sacred Harp 27 Bethel

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Published on Aug 13, 2009

Recording from the 2009 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention.
www.wmshc.org

Image from the 1860 edition of the Sacred Harp, available online from the Library of Congress.

From www.FaSoLa.org:

Tune: Anon.
Words: William Cowper, 1772
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)

Oh for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavnly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
Of Jesus and His word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memry still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

Return Oh holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,
And drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whateer that idol be,
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame,
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

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