Christ My Song - 1059
How patiently, O Lord, thy love endures! - The Patience of Hope
(Hannah K. Burlingham/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Patience of Hope.
1. How patiently, O Lord, thy love endures!
How marvellous the grace
which, to such failing ones, the joy secures
ere long to see thy face!
Thy counsel fails not, but shall changeless stand,
thy pleasure thou wilt do;
let us, in meek subjection 'neath thy hand,
thy glory keep in view.
2. Lord, we are weary oft and sore distressed,
pacing the desert way:
this dark polluted world is not our rest,
we wait the dawn of day –
that glorious sunrise which the morning star
foretells with its calm light,
so steadfast shining on us from afar,
piercing the shades of night.
3. Let us have patience, Lord, till thou dost come;
thine own time is the best;
thou still art offering to the lost a home,
to the soul-weary, rest;
there are yet hidden ones whom thou wilt free
from Satan's cruel chains;
thou tarriest, Lord, that these may share with thee
the fruit of all thy pains.
4. "The morning cometh!" Solemn, precious word,
thrilling the inmost soul!
Oh, let us hasten on with fixed accord
until we reach the goal.
What things were gain we count but dung and dross,
nor to be looked at more.
Gazing behind, – our eye rests on the Cross,
the Glory lies before!
Hannah K. Burlingham, Wayside Songs, 1901, 89-90.