11920. I Thirst, But Not As Once I Did

1 I thirst, but not as once I did,
The vain delights of earth to share;
Thy wounds, Emmanuel, all forbid,
That I should seek my pleasures there.

2 It was the sight of Thy dear cross,
First weaned my soul from earthly things;
And taught me to esteem as dross,
The mirth of fools and pomp of kings.

3 I want that grace that springs from Thee
That quickens all things where it flows;
And makes a wretched thorn, like me,
Bloom as the myrtle, or the rose.

4 Dear fountain of delight unknown!
No longer sink below the brim;
But overflow, and pour me down
A living, and life-giving stream!

5 For sure, of all the plants that share
The notice of Thy Father’s eye;
None proves less grateful to His care,
Or yields Him meaner fruit than I.

Text Information
First Line: I thirst, but not as once I did
Title: I Thirst, But Not As Once I Did
Author: William Cowper
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 3
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: THIRSTING
Composer: Henry Bennett, 1813-1868
Meter: LM
Key: F Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain



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