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Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,

Looking unto Christ.

Poet: James Allen, 1757 (1st, 3rd, & 4th Stanza); Alt. by Walter Shirley, 1774 (1st, 3rd, & 4th Stanza); Christian Harmony, 1958 (2nd Stanza)
Meter: 8s,7s Double (8,7,8,7,8,7,8,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,
Which before the cross I spend;
Life and health and peace possessing
From the sinnerís dying Friend.
Here Iíll sit, for ever viewing
Mercyís streams in streams of blood;
Precious drops my soul bedewing,
Plead and claim my peace with God.

Palmetto 54t, Stanza 1
Had I heart to hold its pleasure,
Had I tongue to tell its bliss;
Could I share with all my treasure,
Oh that all my friends were His.
Nothing else could quite so charm me,
Nor my evíry idol hold;
Satan now no more can harm me,
Iíve a home in realms of gold.

Palmetto 54t, Stanza 2
Truly blessed is this station,
Low before his cross to lie;
While I see divine compassion
Floating in his languid eye;
Here it is I find my heaven,
While upon the Lamb I gaze;
Love I much? Iíve much forgiven,
Iím a miracle of grace.

Love and grief my heart dividing,
With my tears His feet Iíll bathe:
Constant still in faith abiding,
Life deriving from his death.
May I still enjoy this feeling,
In all need to Jesus go;
Prove his wounds each day more healing,
And Himself more deeply know.

This hymn poem is a rewritten variation of While my Jesus Iím possessing,, written by James Allen.
Hastings, Selina (Countess of Huntingdon). The Collection of Hymns to be Universally Sung in all the Countess of Huntingdonís Chapels. Bath, England: Printed and Sold by M. Gye, 1800.

Walker, William. The Christian Harmony Revised by John Deason and O. A. Parris. Centreville, Alabama: Christian Harmony Publishing Company, 1958.