O for a closer walk with God (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-26)  CPDL #58194:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-04-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Words and melody from Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard. Verses not underlaid.
  • (Posted 2020-04-26)  CPDL #58193:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-04-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Words and 4-part harmony from Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard. Verses underlaid.

General Information

Title: O for a closer walk with God
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: William Cowper Tune Name: Caithness

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1635

Description:

External websites: http://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html

Original text and translations

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

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

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

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

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