Christ My Song - 1039
Art thou afflicted? O belovèd, pray! - Is any afflicted? Let him pray (Hannah K. Burlingham/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Is any afflicted? Let him pray.
1. Art thou afflicted? O belovèd, pray!
Why in grief's darkening twilight still abide?
Let not thy spirit 'midst her sorrow stay;
go forth! like Isaac at the eventide:
hear the sweet harmonies of earth and heaven;
so gradual peace and joy be to thy spirit given.
2. There shall come to thee, thro' the distant shades,
joy, sent of him who knows thy every need;
take to thy heart his gift: he ne'er upbraids
the soul that in her helplessness must plead;
each good and perfect gift is from above;
God changeth never: he, our God, is ever Love.
3. Thy heart, now fluttering like a timid bird,
should in the sunlight rise on steadfast win
g; thy cry of sharp distress in heaven was heard;
shall not the same wide heaven hear thee sing?
Shall not the eye that notes the sparrow's fall
see thee rejoicing rise, responsive to his call?
4. God is not weary; go and rest on him;
he gives new strength to them that have no might;
power when the heart is faint, the eye is dim,
and out of darkness, he commands the light;
wait thou on him: there let thy spirit stay;
when thou art glad, then sing; – art thou afflicted, pray.
Hannah K. Burlingham, Wayside Songs, 1901, 105-106.
Slightly adapted to fit the music:
2,6 orig.: God changeth never: he is ever Love.
4,6 orig.: when thou art glad, then sing; – afflicted, pray.