O Love, that wilt not let me go

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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.

The author was inspired to write this hymn in 5 minutes during a time of distress.

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Rachel Snell

Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom

I am in transit between churches. I have attended three different churches, one of those three times. Each time of those five times, God has spoken to me. Last Sunday going into the church I wondered what God would say to me that time. When the service was over, they played a recording of 'O Love That Will Not Let Me Go'. I was amazed. I needed to hear that.


Joanna Smathers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

In an account I read several years ago , in the third verse the original was I climb the rainbow in the rain. Before it was published Mr. Matheson was persuaded to change it to trace. He said he regretted changing it. In ones’ experience one can see and prefer the word climb.


Joanna Smathers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Psalm 7:5……and lay my glory down in the dust.


Thato Mokoteli

Maseru, Lesotho

"I trace the rainbow through the rain"

This is so encouraging that through all that we see and experience today, God' promises still sustain those who put their trust on His promises. I am so delighted that going through the hymn brings a new hope that overshadowed all my present challenges.


Fergus Tyson

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hi, Paula. The red life refers to the blood of Jesus, shed on the Cross.


Paula Skinner

Hudson, NH, United States

“And from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be. “

What does red life refer to?


Dr.Moses.S.Lazarus

Vellore, Tamilnadu, India

I came from the utter darkness into Jesus’ marvellous Light 54 years ago. My wife Rose, and me are married for 53 years now. We turn back to see our walk with Lord Jesus Christ all these years; it’s amazingly surprises us. Left to us, we would have fallen as a prey to the vices of the world. The secret of our success in life, squarely stays upon the faithfulness of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His love never permitted nor allowed us to go astray. We love this hymn. O love, that wilt not let me go.........


Samuel Zhang

London, ON, Canada

"O Love, that wilt not let me go" - though we often reject the Lord, forget about Him, and detract from our consecration, He will never let us go! We may give up on the Lord, but He will not give up on us.


Sara Orozco

Laredo, Texas, United States

O Joy, that seekest me through pain,

I cannot close my heart to Thee;

Even in our pain He comes to us as JOY.

So how can we close our heart to Him?!

Lord, keep being our joy!


Kevin Conover

Eustace, TX, United States

This is one of those timeless hymns that lends itself to most beautiful harmony.. I find it fascinating that after all the decades of this being sung-one of the best renditions of it is by a barbershop chorus on you tube.