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Hymn score of: Ah! how empty is the heart - Homesickness (Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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Ah! how empty is the heart - Homesickness
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Homesickness.

1. Ah! how empty is the heart
  in the midst of pleasure,
and how fain would we depart
  to our heavenly treasure.

2. Threadbare now our garb with age
  still repair is needing,
and our feet with pilgrimage
  painful are and bleeding.

3. Gladly would we be at home,
  free from toil and dangers,
and no longer houseless roam
  in a land of strangers;

4. gladly lay aside the load
  which our flesh inherits,
worshipping and serving God
  with the ransomed spirits.

5. But since thou dost yet delay
  to thyself to take us,
Lord, prepare us while we stay,
  meet for heaven make us.

6. Richly shall we then be blessed,
  when, our warfare ending,
we enjoy the promised rest,
  with our Lord ascending.

Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica I, 1863, 132-133.
Translated from the German Ach, uns wird das Herz so leer - Heimweh
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.

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