Christ My Song - 1482
"Tis not yet the hour appointed!" - The hour of the Lord
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The hour of the Lord.
1. "Tis not yet the hour appointed!"
I make answer to my heart,
when depressed and disappointed
it is longing to depart:
wait awhile and hold thee still,
he doth well who waits God's will.
2. When a thousand griefs and troubles
leave no rest by day or night,
when the storm its force redoubles,
and is almost at its height,
patiently abide his will
at whose word the waves are still.
3. Every vessel must be drainèd,
cups of joy and cups of grief,
trust in God with faith unfeignèd,
look to him for thy relief:
when all human counsel fails,
then it is that God prevails.
4. When the flood is rising higher,
till it overflows the brink,
then the Comforter draws nigher,
ah! much nigher than we think,
for it grieves him to the heart
to behold our bitter smart.
5. Ah! it is with no hard Master,
no hard Lord we have to do;
if we bear each new disaster
with calm faith and patience too,
we shall soon experience this:
it will come, – that hour of bliss.
6. Dost thou, heart, demand some token
that the Lord will give thee rest?
Trust the word which he hath spoken,
his own time must be the best;
suffer, trust, and hope on still,
end right well it must and will.
7. O the hour of our exemption
from all pain, distress, and woe!
O the hour of our redemption
e'en from death, our last grim foe!
sweet as sunshine after shower
will be that all-glorious hour.
Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica I, 1863, 47-48.
Translated from the German Meine Stund ist noch nicht kommen! - Die Stunde des Herrn
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.