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27. Bethel

1. Oh for a closer walk with God, A calm and heav’nly frame, A light to shine upon the road That leads me to the Lamb! 2. Where is the blessedness I knew, When first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul-refreshing view Of Jesus and His word? 3. What peaceful hours I once enjoyed! How sweet their mem’ry still! But they have left an aching void The world can never fill. 4. Return Oh holy Dove, return, Sweet messenger of rest! I hate the sins that made Thee mourn, And drove Thee from my breast. 5. The dearest idol I have known, Whate’er that idol be, Help me to tear it from Thy throne, And worship only Thee. 6. So shall my walk be close with God, Calm and serene my frame, So purer light shall mark the road That leads me to the Lamb.

Text Information
First Line: O for a closer walk with God
Title: Bethel
Author: William Cowper (1772)
Publication Date: 1991
Meter: C.M.
Language: English
Tune Information
Incipit: 13514 32123 53543 21
Key: f minor

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