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!
2  Where is the blessedness I knew
    When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul-refreshing view
    Of Jesus and His Word?
3  What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
    How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
    The world can never fill.
4  Return, O holy Dove, return,
    Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,
    And drove Thee from my breast.
5  The dearest idol I have known,
    Whate’er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
    And worship only Thee.
6  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.
William Cowper, 1731-1800