O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight

O thou in whose presence my soul takes delight. Joseph Swain* (1761-1796). According to JJ  this was published in Swain’s  Redemption, a Poem in Five Books (1791). This sounds unlikely, but no copy has been found to check. It was certainly published in Swain’s Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, in verse and prose: and hymns for social worship (1791). It was entitled ‘A Description of Christ, by his graces and power. From Solomon’s Song.’ It had nine 8-line stanzas. It is written in a fluent anapaestic rhythm, well calculated to convey the passionate admiration which is the subject of the hymn: O thou in whose presence my soul takes delight,  On whom in affliction I call;My Comfort by...

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