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Hymn: O had I the wings of a dove (FL)

Hymnal: The Christian Psalmist

Date: 1850

Compiler: Silas W Leonard and A D Fillmore

Publisher/Printer: S W Leonard

First Line: O had I the wings of a dove

Topic: <no topic given>

Writer: <no first name given> <no last name given>

Composer: S Leonard

Meter: PM

Tune: Longing for heaven

Hymn Number: <no hymn number given>

Page Number: 270, click to see hymnal pages


O had I the wings of a dove I would fly 

Away to my home and for ev-er re-side

With Angels and glorified spirits on high,

Who fast by the throne of my Saviour a-bide;

The days of my sorrowing then should be past,

My warfare and pilgrimage both should be o'er;

Safe, safe in the climes of bright glo-ry at last,

Where sin and where suf-'ring are heard of no more.

Oh! there I should range, with the saints in pure white,

The banks of the river that flows from the throne;

But ever return from each feebler delight,

To feast on the smile of my Saviour alone:

If here, in the gloom of this dungeon below,

The light of that smile pierce the gross walls of clay,

What triumphs of rapture incessantly flow

From that blessed smile in the regions of day!

The fields of that land may forever be green,

Its flowers ne'er wither, nor fruitage decay,

And autumn and spring hand in hand may be seen,

Like beauty and wealth in their bridal array:

Each sight may be charming, ecstatic each sound;

Each odor be fragrant as gales of the spring;

But all beauties mingle, and all joys are found

Alone in the smile of my Saviour and King.

With patriarchs, prophets, and sages of old,

Who walked with their God in this valley of tears-

With saints and with martyrs in life's book enrolled,

Methinks I might joyfully spend the long years:

With angels how happily could I unite-

They watched o'er my pathway with dangers bestrown;

But still I would turn, with increasing delight,

To feast on the smile of my Saviour alone.