1 Thou only center of my rest,
Look down with pitying eye,
While with protracted pain opprest,
I breathe the plaintive sigh.
2 Thy gracious presence O my God,
My ev'ry wish contains;
With this, beneath affliction's load,
My heart no more complains.
3 This can my every care controul,
Gild each dark scene with light;
This is the sunshine of the soul;
Without it all is night.
4 My Lord, my life, O cheer my heart
With thy reviving ray,
And bid these mournful shades depart,
And bring the dawn of day!
5 O happy scenes of pure delight!
Where thy full beams impart
Unclouded beauty to the sight,
And rapture to the heart.
6 Her part in those fair realms of bliss,
My spirit longs to know;
My wishes terminate in this,
Nor can they rest below.
7 Lord, shall the breathings of my heart,
Aspire in vain to thee?
Confirm my hope, that where thou art,
I shall forever be.
8 Then shall my cheerful spirit sing
The darksome hours away,
And rise on faith's expanded wing
To everlasting day.
Source: A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #CXLV