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I have a thought that fills my mind

I have a thought that fills my mind

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 1 hymnal

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I have a thought that fills my mind,
And fires my heart with fond desire;
That speaks in accents soft and kind,
And lifts my soul to regions higher.

It comes in silence as the light,
And as the light, in silence grows;
It fills my soul with radiance bright,
And o'er my life its beauty throws.

It finds expression day by day,
In words that cheer, and deeds that aid,
It makes me ready to obey,
And bear the tasks upon me laid.

I have a thought that fills my mind;
Ah, wouldst thou know its hidden spring?
No peering eye its source can find,
No ear perceive its whispering.

It springs from love, from love divine;--
O Christ, it is a thought of Thee,
And all the love that made me Thine,
Awakes this thought of love in me.

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: I have a thought that fills my mind
Translator: John Brownlie
Language: English