Christ My Song - 622
Ever as I onward go - Burdens (Ray Palmer/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
"Cast thy burden upon the Lord." (Psalm 55, 22)
2. Guilt's huge burden weighs me down,
pressing heavily and sore;
till thy face, dear Lord, no more
glows with smiles; thou seem'st to frown,
though I long thy grace to prove,
though I know that thou art Love!
3. Oft thou chafest, haggard Care!
wearing, wasting, day by day,
thou each rising joy dost slay
that my soul would upward bear;
thou dost clog my heavenward flight,
spoil my spirit of her might.
4. Leaden Grief, thou pressest hard,
when have sped the shafts of fate,
when my heart bleeds, desolate,
and by many an arrow scarred;
when on sorrow's sea long tossed,
all the lights of hope are lost.
5. Dark thou broodest o'er my soul,
gloomy Doubt, when hidden lie,
locked in awful mystery,
God's deep counsels, and the scroll
sleeps unopened till the time
when goes forth his word sublime.
6. Thou, O spectre-loving Fear,
all too oft hast o'er me flung
terrors that like rocks have hung,
sinking every thought of cheer;
till a ship I seemed to be,
foundering in the far-off sea.
7. Yet I hear a Father's voice:
"I, Jehovah, am thy strength;
all thy burdens bring, at length,
cast on me, – then go, rejoice!
make thy days with songs resound,
rest in holy peace profound!"
8. Yes, my God; away, away
haunting unbelief and gloom!
vanish, and for joy give room,
joy of faith, while now I pray;
henceforth sweetly on thy breast,
Love Eternal, will I rest!
Ray Palmer, in: The Poetical Works of Ray Palmer, 1876, 87-89.