Oh, for a closer walk with God

1.
Oh, for a closer walk with God,
a calm and heavenly frame,
a light to shine upon the road that leads me to the Lamb!

2.
Where is the blessedness I knew
when first I saw the Lord?  
Where is the soul-refreshing view of Jesus and his word?

3.
What peaceful hours I once enjoyed,
how sweet their memory still.  
But they have left an aching void the world can never fill.

4.
Return, O holy Dove, return,
sweet Messenger of rest.  
I hate the sins that made thee mourn, and drove thee from my breast.

5.
The dearest idol I have known,
whatever that idol be,
help me to tear it from thy throne, and worship only thee.

6.
So shall my walk be close to God,
calm and serene my frame;
so purer light shall mark the road that leads me to the Lamb.

#520 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  William Cowper, Collection of Psalms and Hymns, 2nd ed., 1772
   Tune:  The Psalmes of David in Prose and Meeter, 1635;
                    harmonzation from The English Hymnal, 1906
                            Harmonization copyright Oxford University Press, London


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