Christ My Song - 1093
Lord! I thank thee thou dost listen - The Loving-Kindness of the Lord (Hannah K. Burlingham/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Loving-Kindness of the Lord.
1. Lord! I thank thee thou dost listen,
thou dost reckon groans for prayer;
when the tears of sorrow glisten,
'tis enough to claim thy care.
Thine is love supremely tender,
grace to fathom every grief;
aid almighty thou dost render,
best of balm, divine relief!
2. Lord! I thank thee for the anguish
sent to lay me at thy feet.
Love like mine is prone to languish,
thine is sure and passing sweet.
Oh! would I be free from sorrow?
Would I miss the meed of pain?
No, the bliss of thy "Tomorrow"
turns, today, my loss to gain!
3. Lord! I thank thee thou art coming,
coming with the summer day;
icy chains our spirits numbing
swiftly then shall melt away.
Not a fetter more to bind us,
scenes above for scenes below;
not a shadow to remind us,
of the bygone hours of woe.
4. Lord! I thank thee now and ever,
thou abidest still the same;
nought the bonds of grace shall sever,
wrought and sealed in Jesus' name.
When thy weary ones are fainting,
Faith stands forth thy praise to tell;
and to Hope, thy glories painting,
Love makes answer – "All is well!"
Hannah K. Burlingham, Wayside Songs, 1901, 181-183.