My God, Permit Me Not to Be

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My God, permit me not to be
A stranger to myself and Thee
Amid a thousand thoughts I roam
Forgetful of my highest love

Why should my passions mix with earth,
And thus debase my heavenly birth?
Why should I cleave to things below,
And let my God, my Savior Go?

Call me away from flesh and sense
One sovereign word would draw me thence
I would obey the voice divine
And all inferior joys resign

Be earth with all its scenes withdrawn
Let noise and vanity be gone
In secret silence of the mind
My heaven, and there, my God I find


from What Language Shall I Borrow, released June 14, 2006
words by Isaac Watts (1725-1796)
music by Darby Hughes



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