433. The Bondage of Love

1 O sweet will of God! thou hast girded me ’round,
Like the deep, moving currents that girdle the sea;
With omnipotent love is my poor nature bound,
And this bondage to love sets me perfectly free.

Refrain:
Hallelujah! hallelujah! my soul is now free!
For the precious blood of Jesus cleanseth even me.

2 For years my soul wrestled with vague discontent
That like a sad angel o’ershadowed my way;
God’s light in my soul with the darkness was blent,
And my heart ever longed for an unclouded day. [Refrain]

3 And now I have flung myself recklessly out,
Like a chip on the stream of the Infinite Will;
I pass the rough rocks with a smile and a shout,
And I just let my God His dear purpose fulfill. [Refrain]

4 Forever I choose the good will of my God,
Its holy, deep riches to love and to know;
The serfdom of love to so sweeten the rod,
That its touch maketh rivers of honey to flow. [Refrain]

5 Roll on, checkered seasons, bring smiles or bring tears,
My soul sweetly sails on an infinite tide;
I shall soon touch the shores of eternity’s years,
And near the white throne of my Savior abide. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: O sweet will of God! thou hast girded me 'round
Title: The Bondage of Love
Author: George D. Watson
Meter: 11.11.11.11 R
Scripture: 1 John 1:7
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/The_Bondage_of_Love); The Gospel Trumpet Company, Select Hymns, 1911 (448); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (55)
Refrain First Line: Hallelujah! hallelujah! my soul is now free!
Tune Information
Name: [O sweet will of God! thou hast girded me 'round]
Composer: Joseph Garrison
Meter: 11.11.11.11 R
Key: C Major
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/The_Bondage_of_Love); The Gospel Trumpet Company, Select Hymns, 1911 (448); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (55)



Media
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