Great God, indulge my heartfelt claim:
be now my hope, my joy, my rest;
the glories that compose your name
shall all engage to make me blest.
O great and good, O just and wise,
my Father, my all-loving God!
And I am yours by sacred ties;
an heir, a servant of your word.
With heart, and eyes, and lifted hands,
I long for you, to you I look,
as travelers, in earth’s thirsty lands,
yearn for a cooling water-brook.
With eager feet I would appear
among your saints, to seek your face;
for I have seen your glory there,
and felt the power of sovereign grace.
Amid the wakeful hours of night,
when busy cares afflict my head,
one thought of you gives new delight,
and adds great comfort to my bed.
I'll lift my hands, I'll raise my voice,
while I have breath to pray or praise;
this work shall make my heart rejoice
for all the hours of all my days.