One thing with all my soul’s desire
I sought, and will pursue;

Psalm xxvii.

One thing with all my soul’s desire
      I sought, and will pursue;
What thine own Spirit doth inspire,
      Lord, for thy servant do.

Grant me within thy courts a place,
      Among thy saints a seat,
For ever to behold thy face,
      And worship at thy feet.

“Seek ye my face;” – without delay,
      When thus I heard thee speak,
My heart would leap for joy, and say,
      “Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”

Then leave me not when griefs assail,
      And earthly comforts flee;
When father, mother, kindred fail,
      My God will think on me.

Oft had I fainted, and resigned
      Of every hope my hold,
But mine afflictions brought to mind
      Thy benefits of old.

Wait on the Lord, with courage wait,
       My soul, disdain to fear;
The righteous Judge is at the gate,
      And thy redemption near.

~ James Montgomery

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