Christ My Song - 308
To tell the Saviour all my wants - The Hidden Life
(William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Hidden Life.
2. My labouring spirit vainly seeks
to tell but half the joy;
with how much tenderness he speaks,
and helps me to reply.
3. Nor were it wise, nor should I choose,
such secrets to declare;
like precious vines their tastes they lose,
exposed to open air.
4. But this with boldness I proclaim,
nor care if thousands hear,
sweet is the ointment of his name,
not life is half so dear.
5. And can you frown, my former friends,
who knew what once I was;
and blame the song that thus commends
the Man who bore the cross?
6. Trust me, I draw the likeness true,
and not as fancy paints;
such honour may he give to you,
for such have all his saints.
William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper, 1853(?), 259-260.