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Bethel 27

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: The Sacred Harp, 1844
Alto: Wilson Marion Cooper, 1902
Poet: William Cowper, 1772
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
O, for a closer walk with God!
A calm and heav’nly frame!
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!


O for a closer walk with God,, Stanza 1
2
Where is the blessedness I knew
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?


O for a closer walk with God,, Stanza 2
3
What peaceful hours I then enjoy’d!
How sweet their mem’ry still!
But now I find an aching void
The world can never fill.


O for a closer walk with God,, Stanza 3
4
Return, O Holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,
And drove Thee from my breast.


O for a closer walk with God,, Stanza 4
5
The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.


O for a closer walk with God,, Stanza 5
6
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.


O for a closer walk with God,, Stanza 6