O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly 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?1
What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.
Return, O 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,
Whate’er that idol be—
Help me to tear it from Thy throne
And worship only Thee.2
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.
- The first two lines of this second stanza are quoted by Isaiah Reid in “How They Grow”: Part 3 and in Sixth Theory: I Expect to Become So At Death. ↩
- Isaiah Reid also quotes the first line of this fifth stanza in Affliction and Growth. ↩