Christ Withdrawn

O what shall I do to retrieve

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1 O what shall I do to retrieve
The love for a season bestowed:
'Tis better to die than to live
Exiled from the presence of God:
With sorrow distracted and doubt,
With palpable horror oppressed,
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 heavenly 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 heavenly prize,
My height of ambition below:
Once more if he show me his face,
He never again shall depart,
Detained in my closest embrace,
Concealed in the depth of my heart.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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First Line: O what shall I do to retrieve
Title: Christ Withdrawn
Language: English