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Hymn score of: It tarries long - Not in vain (Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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It tarries long - Not in vain
(Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Not in vain.

1. It tarries long, and seems to say,
  God hath forgotten me;
yet it shall come, and when it comes,
  good shall the answer be. (PDF - Midi)

2. It seemeth sad so long to watch,
  thus tossed on stormy sea;
but day shall break, and when it comes,
  good shall the answer be.

3. Weary of sin and strife, the soul
  cries out in vain to thee;
yet not in vain, – deliverance comes;
  good shall the answer be.

4. The night is long, the sky is dark,
  in vain we bow the knee,
pleading for light: it comes at last;
  good shall the answer be.

5. The battle goes against us, yet
  we fight and will not flee;
help, Lord! He hears, and when it comes,
  good shall the answer be.

6. How long! how long! the Church thus pleads
  in hours of agony;
but not in vain, her cry is heard:
  good shall the answer be.

7. How long! creation cries in bonds,
  still longing to be free;
the groan is heard, and when it comes,
  good shall the answer be.

Horatius Bonar, Hymns of the Nativity, 1879, 49-50.

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