O Thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight

O Thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight,
    On whom in affliction I call,
My comfort by day and my song in the night,
    My hope, my salvation, my all!
Where dost Thou, dear Shepherd, resort with Thy sheep,
    To feed them in pastures of love;
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep,
    Or alone in this wilderness rove?
Oh, why should I wander, an alien from Thee,
    Or cry in the desert for bread?
Thy foes will rejoice when my sorrows they see,
    And smile at the tears I have shed.
Ye daughters of Zion, declare, have you seen
    The Star that on Israel shone?
Say, if in your tents my Beloved has been,
    And where with His flocks He is gone.
Dear Shepherd! I hear, and will follow Thy call;
    I know the sweet sound of Thy voice;
Restore and defend me, for Thou art my all,
    And in Thee I’ll ever rejoice.
Laura B Schutze

Rocky River, OH, United States

I have wondered where the words to this "This is my beloved, his form is divine, His vestments shine odors around, The locks on his head are as grapes on the vine, When autumn with plenty is crowned" originated. Anybody here have a suggestion for me? Thanks.

William Alton Jr

Halethorpe, MD, United States

I was feeling down and this song came to me from my childhood.

Merold Westphal

My father was a minister. On Sunday mornings, before church, he sat in his rocking chair and sang this song. Somehow it is the third verse that has stuck in my mind decades later, or perhaps I should say it has haunted my memory with its beauty ever since.

Wanda Randolph

Eatonville, Florida, United States

Beautiful hymn. Meaningful to the soul. Some churches are straying away from traditional hymns to other generational jump music less meaningful.


Where can I get the lyrics and shaped notes for this song?

Richard Haymes

Winslow, Arizona, United States


Matt Knighton, Sr.

Everett, WA, United States

I was introduced to this song when we sang it in our Simpson Bible College (San Francisco) choir in 1964-5 -- now Simpson Univ, Redding, CA.

Beyond the great memories, is the greater truth of His promised, abiding presence.

"Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth... as for me, how good it is to be near God!" (Ps. 73:25, 28a nlt)

Amazingly, He desires us far more than we could ever desire Him. What a great God!

Lorrain Burnett

Brooklyn, New York, United States

This hymn has so much meaning to me. It was sung in our home growing up. My mother's favorite hymn and became the family's favorite. It was sung at my sister's funeral who died exactly 7 months ago today. I woke up this morning singing this hymn not even realizing it was the seven month anniversary of her death until I started writing the comment. This song is so comforting. Let us bask in the blessings of the Lord.


Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.

Anestasie Danie-Dupre

La Porte, TX, United States

As a child growing up in the Caribbean Islands my churh choir sang this song so beautifully. The tune was so soothing even though I did not understand the meaning of the lyrics. I woke up one morning and the Lord just laid this song on my heart. As I listened to it over and over again it brought tears of joy to my heart knowing that the Lord was our Shepherd then and is still our Shepherd now, and His voice has never changed.