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My Soul Forsakes Her Vain Delight (Leander) 71

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: Tennessee Harmony, 1818
Alto: Wilson Marion Cooper, 1902
Poet: Isaac Watts, 1707
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
My soul forsakes her vain delight,
And bids the world farewell,
Based as the dirt beneath thy feet,
And mischievous as hell.
No longer will I ask your love,
Nor seek your friendship more;
The happiness that I approve,
Is not within your pow’r.

My Soul forsakes her vain Delight,, Stanza 1 & 2
Where pleasure rolls its living flood,
From sin and dross refined,
Still springing from the throne of God,
And fit to cheer the mind;
Th’ Almighty Ruler of the sphere,
The glorious and the great,
Brings his own all-sufficience there,
To make our bliss complete.

My Soul forsakes her vain Delight,, Stanza 4 & 5
There’s nothing round this spacious earth
That suits my soul’s desire;
To boundless joy and solid mirth
My nobler thoughts aspire.
O, for the pinions of a dove
To mount the heav’nly road;
There shall I share my Savior’s love,
There shall I dwell with God.

My Soul forsakes her vain Delight,, Stanza 3 & 6