Saturday, August 05, 2006

Fountain of bliss

Thou Fountain of bliss, Thy smile I entreat;
O'erwhelm'd with distress I mourn at Thy feet;
The joy of salvation, when shall it be mine?
The high consultation of friendship divine!

Awakened to see the depth of my fall,
For mercy on Thee I earnestly call;
'Tis Thine the lost sinner to save and renew;
Faith's mighty Beginner and Finisher too.

Thy Spirit alone repentance implants,
And gives me to groan at feeling my wants;
'Midst all my dejection, dear Lord, I can trace
Some marks of election, some tokens of grace.

Thou will not despise a sinner distressed;
All-kind and all-wise, Thy season is best.
To Thy sovereign pleasure resigned I would be,
And tarry Thy leisure, and hope still in Thee.

by Augustus Toplady, author of "Rock of Ages"


amity said...

Good one. I am sending it out to my women's listserv. Do you know if it has ever been set to music? Or could you pick out a good tune for it?

R. L. Vaughn said...

I've not seen it set to music, though I would suspect it has been. The Shreveport Grace Church (I saw it in their e-bulletin) sings it to the tune "Lyons", which is the common tune for the words "O Worship the King, all glorious above".