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Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul

By Anne Steele

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Violin, Choir, SATB - Intermediate
Composed by Anne Steele. Arranged by Shelton Ridge Love. Christian, Gospel, Sacred, General Worship, Lent. Octavo. 19 pages. Published by Shelton Ridge Love (S0.239663).

Item Number: S0.239663

2017 Choral Contest Winner: Sacred Public Domain Arrangement

Written for SATB Choir with piano and optional violin, this beautiful hymn by 18th-century composer Anne Steele comes alive in this brand new arrangement. This setting gives special attention to the text in painting the picture of God as our refuge in times of joy and pain.

The companion recording includes only digitized "voices," so the lyrics for the entire arrangement are included below. The instrumental obbligato is recorded on a flute because a violin setting was unavailable; however, a violin is preferable and the piece is able to performed with only the piano accompaniment.

Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On You, when sorrows rise,
On You, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies.
To You I tell each rising grief,
For You alone can heal;
Your Word can bring a sweet relief
For every pain I feel.

But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail,
I fear to call You mine;
The springs of comfort seem to fail,
And all my hopes decline.
Yet gracious God, where shall I flee?
You are my only trust;
And still my soul would cleave to You,
Though prostrate in the dust.

Have You not bid me seek Your face,
And shall I seek in vain?
And can the ear of sovereign grace
Be deaf when I complain?
No, still the ear of sovereign grace
Attends the mourner's prayer;
O may I ever find access
To breathe my sorrows there.

Your mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat;
With humble hope attend Your will,
And wait beneath Your feet.
Your mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat;
With humble hope attend Your will,
And wait beneath Your feet.

Dear refuge of my weary soul,
I wait beneath Your feet.

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