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GIFT OF GOD




Jesus my Lord, my chief delight,
For thee I long, for thee I pray,
Amid the shadows of the night,
Amid the business of the day.


When shall I see thy smiling face,
That face which often I have seen?
Arise, thou sun of righteousness,
Scatter the clouds that intervene.


Thou art the glorious gift of God,
To sinners weary and distressed;
The first of all his gifts bestowed,
And certain pledge of all the rest.


Could I but say this gift is mine,
The world should lie beneath my feet;
Though poor, no more would I repine,
Or look with envy on the great.


The precious jewel I would keep,
And lodge it deep within my heart;
At home, abroad, awake, asleep,
It never should from thence depart.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1818
      Bible Refs: Jn 3:16; Rm 8:32; 2 Co 9:15;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1818# 96
      MUSIC
      Name: MELCOMBE
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1782
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