THOU only Sovereign of my heart,
   My refuge, my almighty Friend,
And can my soul from Thee depart,
    On Whom alone my hopes depend?
2  Whither, O whither shall I go,
    A lonely wanderer from my Lord?
Could this dark world of sin and woe,
    One glimpse of happiness afford?
3  Eternal life Thy words impart;
    On these my fainting spirit lives;
Here sweeter comforts cheer my heart,
    Than all the round of nature gives.
4  Let earth’s alluring joys combine,
    While Thou art near, in vain they call;
One smile, one blissful smile of Thine,
    My gracious Lord, outweighs them all.
5  Low at Thy feet my soul would lie,
    Here safety dwells, and peace divine;
Still let me live beneath Thine eye,
    For life, eternal life, is Thine.
Anne Steele, 1717-78