O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

Hymn lyrics by George C Matheson and music by Dr. A. L. Peace
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Hymn Lyrics

O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee.
I give thee back the life I owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

O Light that follows all my way,
I yield my flick’ring torch to thee.
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
may brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee.
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain,
that morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee.
I lay in dust, life’s glory dead,
and from the ground there blossoms red,
life that shall endless be.

A hymn for the broken-hearted

I love the slightly haunting melody of the song and how it so beautifully expresses the love of God. What a relief that the relationship of love between God and man does not depend on fickle, weak and undependable man, but that we can ‘rest our weary souls’ in a faithful God.
When I read about these men and women from so many years ago, who went through so many hardships and still clung to God in spite of it all, it is such an inspiration for me and also a comfort.
How amazing that his blind man spoke of yielding his ‘flickering torch’ to a God whose Light will help to guide him, in spite of his blindness! There’s so much that we have yet to learn!
If you’d like to read more about the circumstances in which the song was written, do keep reading and scroll down for a slideshow with some trivia.