Christ My Song - 630
Smile, O my God, on me - A present God (Ray Palmer/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
A present God.
"In thy presence is fulness of joy." (Psalm 16,11)
2. I would not wait for heaven,
heaven may begin below;
to every new-born soul 'tis given
a present God to know.
3. The vision of thy face
fresh life and joy inspires,
while o'er my spirit flows the grace
that kindles all her fires.
4. Though on my saddened heart
the gloom of night should lie,
faith shall not fail nor hope depart,
if I but feel thee nigh.
5. When earth's fleet years are past,
and I no more shall roam,
give me, my God, to find at last
with thee my changeless home.
6. Then shall my blessed soul,
at fountains gushing o'er,
while circling ages ceaseless roll,
drink pleasures evermore.
Ray Palmer, in: The Poetical Works of Ray Palmer, 1876, 16.