Since First Thy Word

Since first Thy Word awaked my heart,
Like new life dawning o'er me,
Where'er I turn mine eyes, Thou art,
All light and love before me.
Naught else I feel, or hear or see —
All bonds of earth I sever —
Thee, O God , and only Thee
I live for, now and ever.

Like him whose fetters dropt away
When lightshone o'er his prison,
My spirit, touched by Mercy's ray,
Hath from her chains arisen.
And shall a soul Thou bidst be free,
Return to bondage? — never!
Thee, O God , and only Thee
I live for, now and ever.
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