How sweet to leave the world awhile

How sweet to leave the world awhile

Author: Thomas Kelly
Published in 149 hymnals

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1 How sweet to leave the world awhile,
And seek the presence of our Lord!
Dear Savior, on Thy people smile,
And come according to Thy Word.

2 From busy scenes we now retreat,
That may we here converse with Thee;
Ah, Lord, behold us at Thy feet!
Let this the gate of Heaven be.

3 Chief of ten thousand, now appear,
That we by faith may see Thy face!
Oh speak, that we Thy voice may hear,
And let Thy presence fill this place!

4 Lord, Thou hast cast a pleasant lot
For those whom Thou hast called Thine own;
’Tis true the world esteems them not,
But Thou wilt place them on Thy throne.

5 Then let the worldling boast his joys!
We’ve meat to eat he knows not of;
We count his treasures worthless toys,
While we possess a Savior’s love.

6 Lord, let Thy people’s views be clear,
And let their hearts be filled with love;
O may their light to all appear,
And prove their doctrine from above.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10459

Author: Thomas Kelly

Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >

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HURSLEY is a Protestant French Huguenot melody by an anonymous composer.

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The Cyber Hymnal #10459
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