O thou, in whose presence

O thou, in whose presence my soul takes delight,
on whom in affliction I call,
my comfort by day, and my song in the night,
my hope, my salvation, my all;
where dost thou, dear Shepherd, resort with thy sheep?  
to feed in the pastures of love?
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep,
or lone in the wilderness rove?

Oh, why should I wander an alien from thee,
or cry in the desert for bread?
Thy foes will rejoice when my sorrows they see,
and smile at the tears I have shed.  
He looks, and ten thousands of angels rejoice,
and myriads wait for his word.  
He speaks, and eternity, filled with his voice,
reechoes the praise of the Lord.

#559 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Joseph Swain, Redemption, A Poem in Five Books, 1791
   Tune:  Christian Lyre, 1831, harmonized by J. Harold Moyer, 1965
                    Harmonization 1969 Faith & Life Press/Mennonite Publishing House

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