Oh for a closer walk with God (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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General Information

Title: Hymn (after a song of Wisdom) - Oh for a closer walk with God
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: William Cowper

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1910

Description: May follow the solo song A song of wisdom. The melody is from the hymn tune Caithness, from the Scottish Psalter (1635).

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Original text and translations

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O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Return, O holy dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made thee mourn,
And drove thee from my breast.

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.