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Christ Withdrawn

O what shall I do to retrieve

Published in 6 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O what shall I do to retrieve
The Love for a Season bestow'd:
'Tis better to die than to live
Exil'd from the Presence of God:
With Sorrow distracted and Doubt,
With palpable Horror opprest,
The City I wander about,
And seek my Repose in his Breast.

2 Ye Watchmen of Israel, declare
If ye my beloved have seen,
And point to that heav'nly fair,
Surpassing the Children of Men:
My Love and Lord from above,
Who only can quiet my Pain,
Whom only I languish to love,
O where shall I find him again?

3 The Joy and Desire of mine Eyes,
The End of my Sorrow and woe;
My Hope, and my Heav'nly Prize,
My Height of Ambition below:
Once more if he shew me his Face,
He never again shall depart,
Detain'd in my closest Embrace,
Conceal'd in the Depth of my Heart.

Source: The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.) #CCXXXIII

Text Information

First Line: O what shall I do to retrieve
Title: Christ Withdrawn
Source: The Collection, London, 1774
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)
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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #322

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #CCCXXII

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #322

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #233

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The Christian's Duty #CCXXXIII

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The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns #CCXXXIII

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