Christ My Song - 985
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.