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SEARCHING THE HEART




Return, my roving heart, return,
And life's vain shadows chase no more;
Seek out some solitude to mourn,
And thy forsaken God implore.


Wisdom and pleasure dwell at home;
Retired and silent, seek them there;
True conquest is ourselves t’ o’ercome,
True strength to break temptation’s snare.


And thou, my God, whose piercing eye
Distinct surveys each deep recess,
In these abstracted hours draw nigh,
And with thy presence fill the place.


Through all the mazes of my heart,
My search let heavenly wisdom guide;
And still its radiant beams impart;
Till all be searched and purified.


---Alternative verses---


Return, my roving heart, return,
And chase these shadowy forms no more;
Seek out some solitude to mourn,
And thy forsaken God implore.


Then, with the visits of thy love,
Vouchsafe my inmost soul to cheer;
Till every grace shall join to prove,
That God hath fixed his dwelling there.


Wisdom and pleasure dwell at home;
Retired and silent seek them there:
This is the way to overcome —
The way to break the tempter's snare.


O thou, great God, whose piercing eye
Distinctly marks each deep recess.
In these sequestered hours draw nigh.
And with thy presence fill the place.


O thou, great God, whose piercing eye
Distinctly marks each deep recess.
In these sequestered hours draw nigh.
And let me here thy presence meet.


Through all the windings of my heart.
My search, let heavenly wisdom guide,
And still its beams unerring dart.
Till all be known and purified.


Through all the windings of my heart.
My search, let heavenly wisdom guide,
And still its radiant beams impart.
Till all be searched and purified.


Then, let the visits of thy love,
My inmost soul be made to share;
Till every grace combined to prove,
That God has fixed his dwelling there.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1755
      Bible Refs:
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1851# 363
      1866# 590
      MUSIC
      Name: WINCHESTER NEW
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1690,1847
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
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