1 Ah me, I'm never well but when
I on my best beloved lean,
And then I'm never ill;
Crosses and trials all are slight,
And pain is sweet and troubles light,
Come whatsoever will.
2 Here I could wish my greatest foe,
Might rest like me, and happy know
The riches of the lamb;
The streets would then be full of praise,
Of Jesus' blood, his gracious ways,
His mercy and his name.
3 If Jesus will permit me, I
Will leaning on him live and die,
And great the blessing count;
My life dear Lord, I'd live to thee,
My death should also glorious be,
Like Moses in the mount.
4 By sweet experience I'd proclaim
Unto the followers of the Lamb,
Hear me my friends, I'd say,
For I am happy, I am well,
Belov'd of God unchangable,
And with him night and day.
Source: Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the Use of Religious Assemblies and Private Christians (7th Ed. Rev.) #129