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O Gentle Presence

Kevin Cox  •  Digital Sheet Music (DSM)


This song, based on Edward’s Hopkins’ tune Benediction, is a piano reduction of the song found on Kate Matteson’s album Joyful Waking.

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O Gentle Presence

Lyrics: Mary Baker Eddy
Composer: Kevin Cox

O gentle presence, peace and joy and power;
O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour,
Thou Love that guards the nestling’s faltr’ing flight!
Keep Thou my child on upward wing tonight.

Love is our refuge; only with mine eye can I behold the snare, the pit, the
His habitation high is here, and nigh,
His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

O make me glad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
No ill, since God is good, and loss is gain.

Beneath the shadow of His mighty wing;
In that sweet secret of the narrow way,
Seeking and finding with the angels sing:
“Lo, I am with you alway,” – watch and pray.

No snare, no fowler, pestilence or pain;
No night drops down upon the troubled breast,
When heaven’s after-smile earth’s teardrops gain,
And mother finds her home and heavenly rest.

Copyright This Side Up Music, 2013
Words used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection

Copyright This Side Up Music, 2013 Words by Mary Baker Eddy from the Christian Science Hymnal, used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection