Wonderful Peace, (first line: ‘Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight’) is a bit of deep dive.
It’s one of those hymns I don’t really know, but get introduced to when it’s included on a hymns album recorded by someone I like.
So among the many familiars, there’s something new.
In this case it was Don Moen’s Hymnbook album, which featured 16 selections of which I think I knew 14 and was introduced to this and He Giveth More Grace.
A number of tracks on this release have representative renditions with verses omitted here and there. This recording features one and five.
Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
In celestial-like strains it unceasingly falls
O’er my soul like an infinite calm.
Peace! Peace! wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above;
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray,
In fathomless billows of love.
What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
Buried deep in the heart of my soul;
So secure that no power can mine it away,
While the years of eternity roll.
I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;
For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,
And His glory is flooding my soul.
And methinks when I rise to that City of peace,
Where the Author of peace I shall see,
That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing,
In that heavenly kingdom shall be:
Ah! soul, are you here without comfort or rest,
Marching down the rough pathway of time?
Make Jesus your friend ere the shadows grow dark;
Oh, accept this sweet peace so sublime.
Words: Warren Donald Cornell
Tune: FAR AWAY IN THE DEPTHS OF MY SPIRIT TONIGHT William Gustin Cooper