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Lord, when I see thee as thou art - Prayer against Impatience
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Prayer against Impatience.

1. Lord, when I see thee as thou art,
  no sufferings then will wake a sigh;
grant the one wish that fills my heart,
  to glorify thee ere I die!

2. When I would murmur and complain,
  fix on thy cross my tearful eye;
mine is far lighter to sustain;
  oh, make me patient ere I die!

3. What countless blessings thou hast given,
  though health it please thee to deny,
thy precious blood – a home in heaven!
  Oh, make me thankful, ere I die!

4. Thou art my stem, my life, my root:
  sap to thy feeble branch supply;
those who "abide in thee" bear fruit –
  oh, make me fruitful, ere I die!

5. Too often do I go astray;
  unstable – weak – alas! am I;
oh, keep me in thyself, my Way;
  make me consistent, ere I die!

6. Oh, prove, by making all things new,
  thou dost within me rule, not I;
let grace the carnal mind subdue,
  and make me heavenly, ere I die!

7. None without holiness can see
  thy glorious beauty, "eye to eye:"
but if my heart thy temple be,
  I shall be holy, ere I die.

8. Let every grace combine to prove
  thy Spirit seals me from on high;
faith, meekness, resignation, love,
  let each adorn me, ere I die.

9. Show that I am in thee "complete;"
  in me thy mercy magnify;
let all around thy praise repeat,
  by me awakened, ere I die.

10. Thou art the Lord of Righteousness,
  no other wedding robe need I;
Jehovah's eye no spot will trace,
  in it arrayed I'm fit to die.

11. This, this alone can safety give
  when death's appalling hour draws nigh;
if it be "Christ" to me "to live,"
  it will be "gain" indeed "to die."

Charlotte Elliott, Selections from the Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 223-225.

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