1Dear God, turn not away Thy face.
2Desert me not, in such a case
3As I am in: without Thy grace,
Involved with death and night.
5Oh that the spirits of life and love
6Would leave His glorious throne above;
7And deign on my dark soul to move,
8To illuminate me with light.
9Though I no offering fit can bring,
10Yet I will hallelujahs sing
my eternal God and King,
12Whil’st here I pass my story.
13And when the
elements are agreed
14On my mortality to feed,
15And neither faith nor hope shall need,
I’ll shine with love in glory.
17Oh then turn not Thy face away,
18Let love and light bear all the sway:
19They’ll soon create eternal day,
21Then shall Thy blessèd influence,
Triumph o’er Death her impotence
23Whil’st I, enrobed with innocence,
24Am crowned for evermore.