Christ My Song - 907
Oh, there are many tears and sighs - "Ho! every one that thirsteth" (James George Deck/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
"Ho! every one that thirsteth"
1. Oh, there are many tears and sighs
in this vain, sin-stained earth, –
sad hearts, and deepest agonies
'midst all its shouts of mirth:
their festive scenes are gay, and loud
with music's swelling tone;
but when they 've left the laughing crowd,
what are they "all alone"? PDF - Midi
2. How many a gaily-painted vest,
and robe of costly pride,
is worn upon an aching breast,
its inward woe to hide!
How many a song of revelry
sounds bravely on the ear,
from those whose couch of misery
is wet with many a tear!
3. A voice is heard, a voice of love, –
to each, to all, it cries, –
from One who came from joys above;
he calls, he weeps, he dies:
the Son of God has man become,
the prodigal to win;
and bring him to his Father's home,
from vanity and sin.
4. Oh, nothing does the Father spare,
his erring child to save;
all does the Son delight to bear, –
the curse, the cross, the grave:
to make salvation free and sure,
all does the Father give;
all does the Father's Son endure,
that we might come, and live.
5. Ye wearied ones, ye desolate,
ye mourning souls, attend;
be sins or sorrows e'er so great,
come to the sinner's friend!
Seek not your guilt, or woe, to hide, –
ye need not from his eyes!
The Holy One will not in pride
a broken heart despise.
6. The smitten Rock, thou thirsty soul,
gives forth its living streams;
thou sick one, he can make thee whole;
dark one, behold his beams!
No more, ye starving, labour spend
for that which is not bread;
to Jesus' gracious call attend,
and ye shall all be fed.
7. Saviour, thy voice I have obeyed,
and found each promise true:
and though my foolish feet have strayed,
ofttimes since thee I knew;
with a full, thankful, joyful heart,
at thy dear feet I fall,
confessing a l l I need THOU art,
y e a, t h o u a r t a l l i n a l l.
James George Deck, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1906, 96-98, 7 of 8 stanzas.