Long I sought earth’s dearest treasures
Long I sought earth’s dearest treasures;
Long I sought its tainted gold;
Long I sought its maddened pleasures,
Far from the Father’s faithful fold.
Oft I witnessed inward craving;
Oft I cried out for release.
But my heart the storm was braving;
I was seeking inward peace.
Sick of sins and sorry for them,
I confessed my poor heart’s need;
Humbly did I bow before Him,
And with prayer for peace did plead.
Then my heart grew light within me;
Waves of love around me rolled;
Burden lifted — peace possessed me;
Glory rushed into my soul.
Oh, my Father’s sweet caressing!
Oh, to think what I did miss!
I would not exchange this blessing
For a thousand worlds like this.