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.

Gill Thompson

York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

I love this hymn, so much that I want it sung at my funeral. I have been disabled and in pain since childhood (I am now 71) and the third verse in particular has kept me going over the years - the thought that when I go to be with the Lord there will be no more pain or tears.

John Buckley

Gilingham, Kent, United Kingdom

Like many hymns this is very moving and of course so true.


Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas

One of my favorites; the story of its origin is most intriguing.

Dayo Otolorin

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Thank You, Lord for being my Joy that seekest me through pain. Praise Your Holy Name!

Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

This hymn was written on the evening of George Matheson’s sister’s marriage. Years before he had been engaged until his fiancée learned he was going blind and that there was nothing the doctors could do. She told him she could not go through life with a blind man.

He went blind while studying for the ministry and his sister had been the one to care for him but now she was going away to be married. He was now 40 years old and his sister’s marriage was a fresh reminder of his own heart break. It was in the midst of these circumstances and intense sadness that the Lord gave Matheson this hymn which he said was written in five minutes.

Paulina Smith

Las Vegas, NV, United States

"I cannot close my heart to Thee." This is the song on my heart today as I study.


Charlotte, NC, United States

I always love singing this song when I’m distressed by situations of the world. “Lord guide us, and never let us go. Lord I give myself to thee! ” “Lord be with the married couples, and communication/positions in the church... ”


Lord thank You only Your love does not let us go! Hallelujah! Jesus is King!



I give Thee back the life I owe🤗🙇‍♀️

Hephzibah Huggins

Pontarddulais, Swansea

This hymn came into my thoughts this morning while I was washing up after breakfast. That God loves me so much that He will not let me go made me cry. I had been doubting whether my faith is real and then I saw Leigh Powell’s words “Only when we are born again can we sing this hymn in worship to God”. I believe I was meant to see these words.