Christ My Song - 957
I look to thee! I hope in thee! - Onward and Upward
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Onward and Upward.
"My soul followeth hard after thee." (Psalm 63,8)
1. I look to thee! I hope in thee!
I glory in thy name!
I make thy righteousness my plea,
thou all-atoning Lamb!
Methinks e'en death will welcome be,
that I, through death, may pass to thee. PDF - Midi
2. Though now but "darkly through a glass"
thy beauty I behold,
e'en the faint image I can trace
fills me with joy untold;
may I but catch one glimpse of thee,
none, none beside I ask to see.
3. "Thou art my portion," saith my soul,
my all in earth or heaven;
none but thyself can make me whole,
no name but thine is given
at which the gates of pearl fly wide –
the passport of the justified.
4. I know thy voice – I strive to keep
thy Word within my heart;
though the most worthless of thy sheep,
still thou my Shepherd art;
firm as a rock that word shall stand,
none, none shall pluck me from thy hand.
5. "Without repentance are thy gifts;"
this thought my hope sustains,
in deep distress my soul uplifts,
when sin the victory gains;
my faith, though weak, shall never fail
thy prayer shall e'en then prevail.
6. When I thy glory shall behold,
and see thee face to face,
sheltered in thy celestial fold,
"a sinner saved by grace,"
what will it be thy love to adore,
assured I shall "go out no more?"
Charlotte Elliott, Selections from the Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 82-83.