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Hymn score of: 'Twixt gleams of joy and clouds of doubt - Thou changest not (John Campbell Shairp/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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'Twixt gleams of joy and clouds of doubt - Thou changest not
(John Campbell Shairp/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Thou changest not.

1. 'Twixt gleams of joy and clouds of doubt
  our feelings come and go;
our best estate is tossed about
  in ceaseless ebb and flow:
no mood of feeling, form of thought,
  is constant for a day;
but thou, O Lord! thou changest not;
  the same thou art alway.

2. I grasp thy strength, make it mine own,
  my heart with peace is blessed;
I lose my hold, and then comes down
  darkness, and cold unrest.
Let me no more my comfort draw
  from my frail hold of thee, –
in this alone rejoice with awe:
  thy mighty grasp of me.

3. Out of that weak unquiet drift
  that comes but to depart,
to that pure Heaven my spirit lift
  where thou unchanging art.
Lay hold of me with thy strong grasp,
  let thy Almighty arm
in its embrace my weakness clasp,
  and I shall fear no harm.

4. Thy purpose of eternal good
  let me but surely know;
on this I'll lean, let changing mood
  and feeling come or go;
glad when thy sunshine fills my soul;
  not lorn when clouds o'ercast;
since thou within thy sure control
  of love dost hold me fast.

Written 1871.

John Campbell Shairp, Glen Desseray and other pieces, 1888, 265-266.

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