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Seeking the Beloved

Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper's Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

To those who love the Lord I speak;Is my Beloved near?The Bridegroom of my soul I seek,Oh! when will He appear?

Though once a man of grief and shameYet now He fills a throne,And bears the greatest, sweetest nameThat earth or heaven have known.

Grace flies before, and love attendsHis steps where'er He goesThough none can see Him but His friends,And they were once His foes.

He speaks;&md;obedient to His callOur warm affections move;Did He but shine alike on all,Then all alike would love.

Then love in every heart would reign,And war would cease to roar;And cruel and bloodthirsty menWould thirst for blood no more.

Such Jesus is, and such His grace;Oh, may He shine on you!And tell Him, when you see His face,I long to see Him too.