Christ My Song - 783
Light of the lonely pilgrim's heart - The heart watching for the morning (Sir Edward Denny/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The heart watching for the morning.
"Thy saints proclaim thee King: and in their hearts
thy title is engraven with a pen
dipp'd in the fountain of eternal love." – Cowper's Task.
2. Come, blessed Lord! bid every shore
and answering island sing
the praises of thy royal name,
and own thee as their King.
3. Bid the whole earth, responsive now
to the bright world above,
break forth in rapturous strains of joy
in memory of love.
4. Lord, Lord, thy fair creation groans,
the air, the earth, the sea,
in unison with all our hearts,
and calls aloud for thee.
5. Come, then, with all thy quickening power,
with one awakening smile,
and bid the serpent's trail no more
thy beauteous realms defile.
6. Thine was the Cross, with all its fruits
of grace and peace divine:
be thine the crown of glory now,
the palm of victory thine.
Sir Edward Denny, Hymns and Poems, 1870, 14-15.
(For Cowper see: William Cowper, Complete Poetical Works, ca. 1853, 212.)