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  Since First Thy Word  

 

"And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined
in the prison...and his chains fell off from his hands."

--Acts xii. 7.

Since first Thy Word awaked my heart,
Like new life dawning o'er me,
Where'er I turn mine eyes, Thou art,
    All light and love before me.
Naught else I feel, or hear or see--
    All bonds of earth I sever--
Thee, O God, and only Thee
    I live for, now and ever.

Like him whose fetters dropt away
    When light shone o'er his prison,
My spirit, touched by Mercy's ray,
    Hath from her chains arisen.
And shall a soul Thou bidst be free,
    Return to bondage?--never!
Thee, O God, and only Thee
    I live for, now and ever.

       - Sir Thomas Moore


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