“O Thou in Whose Presence My Soul Takes Delight”

I’ve continued to think about the shepherd imagery in the Bible and found this hymn in which the imagery figures.

O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight,
On whom in affliction I call;
My comfort by day and my song in the night,
My hope, my salvation, my all.

Where dost Thou, dear Shepherd, resort with Thy sheep
To feed them in pastures of love?
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep,
Or alone in this wilderness rove?

He looks, and ten thousand of angels rejoice,
And myriads now wait for His word;
He speaks, and eternity, filled with His voice,
Re-echoes the praise of the Lord.

Dear Shepherd, I hear, and will follow Thy call,
I know the sweet sound of Thy voice;
Protect and defend me, for Thou art my all,
And in Thee I will ever rejoice.

v. 1-3 by Joseph Swain,1791
v. 4 by Unknown author

One thought on ““O Thou in Whose Presence My Soul Takes Delight”

  1. Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. I posted an article on this hymn yesterday, and wondered who else had done so. Actually, the original had nine eight-line stanzas, and several others were added over the years. It draws a symbolic application of texts from the Song of Solomon, applying them to Christ and His bride the church. Beautiful hymn!

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