George Matheson: “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”


O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in the sunshine’s blaze, its day
May brighter, fuller be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red,
Life that shall endless be.

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This classic poem by George Matheson is in the public domain, and I found it at

The Public Domain Poems at this site are filed under “Poetry Collections.”


2 thoughts on “George Matheson: “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”

  1. Happy Easter, Ellen! This is fun! I had forgotten about this hymn; it’s one of Bruce’s favorites and he used to sing it to me!

    This is growing and blooming so beautifully, Ellen!! Thank you for sharing! Sending you love….Martha


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