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I come to thee once more, my God! - The End of Man
(Frederick William Faber/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The End of Man.

1. I come to thee once more, my God!
  no longer will I roam;
for I have sought the wide world through,
  and never found a home.

2. Though bright and many are the spots
  where I have built a nest,
yet in the brightest still I pined
  for more abiding rest.

3. Riches could bring me joy and power,
  and they were fair to see;
yet gold was but a sorry god
  to serve instead of thee.

4. The honour and the world's good word
  appeared a nobler faith;
yet could I rest on bliss that hung
  and trembled on a breath?

5. The pleasure of the passing hour
  my spirit next could while;
but soon, full soon my heart fell sick
  of pleasure's weary smile.

6. More selfish grown, I worshipped health,
  the flush of manhood's power;
but then it came and went so quick,
  it was but for an hour.

7. And thus a not unkindly world
  hath done its best for me;
yet I have found, O God! no rest,
  no harbour short of thee.

8. For thou hast made this wondrous soul
  all for thyself alone;
ah! send thy sweet transforming grace
  to make it more thine own.

Frederick William Faber, Hymns Selected from Faber, 1875, 58-60.

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