On this date, April 8, 1868, George Matheson was ordained as a member of the clergy. He was a hymn writer and was pastor in Argyllshire, Scotland. He became blind when he was twenty-years-old. He wrote several books and songs. His most remembered song is O Love that Will 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 thy sunshine’s blaze its day

May brighter, fairer 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.”

O Love that Will not Let Me Go

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