O Love, that wilt not let me go

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.
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.
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.
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.


Canyon Lake, TX, United States

The music and lyrics of this beautiful hymn perfectly express the love of Our Lord Jesus...so much so that it always brings tears of perfect peace.

Don Smith

Rupert, West Virginia, United States

This most lovely hymn brings a satisfaction to my heart that none other has. Thank you for this beautiful example.

Henry Francis B. Espiritu

Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

This comforting hymn tells us of the hope we have IN the Beloved. The Scriptures declared that a lowly grain, in order to bring much harvest, must die first to live a fuller and more productive Life. Praise God that IN the Beloved, we are safe and secure and we are with the Beloved come what may--from life to Life! Our life on earth is only a shadow of a much richer Life--only if we are IN the Beloved! Praise God for this confidence that my life is loved by the Beloved; with a "Love that will never let me go". His Love does not diminish despite my shortcomings; for His "love will never me go". May the Lord capture our hearts to see what privilege we have IN the Beloved. Oh God who allowed my ordinary existence to flow back to the depths of this Ocean of Love, I gave my life to Thee. Praise the Beloved because we do not have to fear death. Why should a lowly stream fear in merging with the depths of the Ocean of Love, Who is God Himself? Hallelujah for this assurance! Our flickering life will be returned back to the blazing Sun of Reality, Who is the Beloved Himself! Why should a flickering torch be afraid of the Sunshine's blaze? I really love this hymn because it puts in proper perspective that our passing away on this earth is actually a passage to Life Everlasting. If I have the Beloved in my spirit, even though "I lay in dust life's glory--dead", but "from the ground there blossoms red; Life that shall endless be"! In death, we will be planted as one of the beautiful roses in God's Eternal Garden! Why should I fear death? When did I become less by dying? "Oh 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". Why should I fear the darkness of the night when after the innermost darkness is the reddish dawn of a new Day? Hallelujah! What a glorious promise that will be fulfilled by and IN the Beloved! Oh glorious Day, indeed! Amen.

Atho Costumé

Samana, Rep Dom, Haiti

This is a lovely song! It's very sweet for my soul. I see the Love of JESUS my Savior through these words and this music!


BJ, China

Psalms 30:5 For His anger lasts but a moment, His favor, a lifetime; Weeping may linger in the evening, But a ringing shout goes up in the morning.

Thank You my dearest Lord. You bound up the wounds of the brokenhearted me.

Frank Pytel

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Although the One that attracts us is not mentioned by name in this hymn, anyone who loves Him knows who He is! When Mary visited the tomb and spoke to the One who she thought was the gardener, she referred to the One she was seeking and loving as HIM (John 20:15)! When He gives Himself to us, there is a longing to give back to Him! "We love because He first loved us."

Gail Seward

Baltimore, MD, United States

I love this hymn because it always reminds me that my pain is nothing compared to His and that one day my pains will cease because of Him and what He has done for me.

Thank You Jesus!

Joanna French

Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom

O Love that will not let me go. That's how powerful God's love is, we can rest in that wonderful love. It is just wonderful to read the comments of so many people all over the world who belong to Jesus. Praise His glorious Name!


Chicago, IL

This is one of the most beautiful old hymns I have ever heard...the words are so powerful and deeply felt. O, Love that will not let us go. Lord, You are our Love!


Quezon City, Philippines

The writer of this hymn was about to get married...but when after he got physically blinded, you know what happened next. For that reason, he was rejected by the woman. Just because of that case, the woman refuse to marry him and even took care of him. So when he was under distress he wrote this hymn in five minutes. The Lord's love is eternal and it wilt not let us go.