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SWEETNESS IN PRAYER.
How great, how good does God appear,
How dear our holy faith, How tasteless life's best joys have grown,
How I could welcome death !
Thy sweetness hath betrayed Thee, Lord!
Dear Spirit! it is Thou; Deeper and deeper in my heart
I feel Thee nestling now.
Whence Thou hast come I need not ask;
But, dear and gentle Dove ! Oh wherefore hast Thou lit on one
That so repays Thy love ?
Would that Thou mightest stay with me,
Or else that I might die While heart and soul are still subdued
With Thy sweet mastery.
Thy home is with the humble, Lord!
The simple are Thy rest: Thy lodging is in child-like hearts ;
Thou makest there Thy nest.
Dear Comforter ! Eternal Love !
If Thou wilt stay with me, Of lowly thoughts and simple ways
I '11 build a nest for Thee.