O happy souls that love the Lord

O happy souls that love the Lord. Susanna Harrison* (1752-1784).  This was hymn 13 in Harrison’s Songs in the Night (1780). It was prefaced by a quotation from the Book of Proverbs: ‘I love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me. - PROV. Viii.17.’ It had eight stanzas:  O happy souls that love the Lord, He will return them, love for love: All needful grace he will afford To such as seek the world above.  They in his kind protection share, He is their father and their friend; Jesus will soften all their care, And help in every trouble send.  He views their graces with delight, He stands engag’d to do them good; Their souls are precious in his sight,...

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