O Thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight

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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!
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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?
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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.
4
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.
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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.
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Yankoi Guluma

Tucson, Arizona, United States

This hymn has been a comfort to millions across the world especially in times of sorrow. The lyrics, and the Melody, goes deep within the soul.

Thank you !


Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Joseph Swain was born in 1761 at Birmingham, England and was left an orphan at an early age. He went to work as an apprentice to an engraver. He was attracted to the world and had an active social life. His ability to write songs was used for his worldly pursuits. He also wrote some plays. But God’s eye was upon him and he began to do soul-searching.

He bought a Bible and read and as a result was lead from darkness into light. Joseph was saved on May of 1783. He became a useful and active Christian.

In 1791 he took charge of a mission work in East Street, Walworth, London. He was not very strong and after a two weeks’ illness on April 14, 1796 at 35 years old, he heard the call from “His celestial voice that made his enraptured heart rejoice”.

He was buried in Bunhill Fields burial ground in London. His headstone recovered from its original site following a damage in WWII is now located in the paved broad-walk in the middle of the burial ground next to the obelisk of Daniel Defoe and the headstone of William Blake.


Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Joseph Swain was born in 1761 at Birmingham, England and was left an orphan at an early age. He went to work as an apprentice to an engraver. He was attracted to the world and had an active social life. His ability to write songs was used for his worldly pursuits. He also wrote some plays. But God’s eye was upon him and he began to do soul-searching.

He bought a Bible and read and as a result was lead from darkness into light. Joseph was saved on May of 1783. He became a useful and active Christian.

In 1791 he took charge of a mission work in East Street, Walworth, London. He was not very strong and after a two weeks’ illness on April 14, 1796 at 35 years old, he heard the call from “His celestial voice that made his enraptured heart rejoice”.

He was buried in Bunhill Fields burial ground in London. His headstone recovered from its original site following a damage in WWII is now located in the paved broad-walk in the middle of the burial ground next to the obelisk of Daniel Defoe and the headstone of William Blake.


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.


Wt

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


Richard Haymes

Winslow, Arizona, United States

Lovely!


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!