Hymns, #961

Hope of Glory - Longing and Praying

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Music:William H. Doane

Hymn using same tune: #797


The Church has waited long,

Her absent Lord to see,

And still in loneliness she waits,

A friendless stranger she.

Age after age had gone,

Sun after sun has set,

And still in weeds of widowhood,

She weeps a mourner yet.


Saint after saint on earth

Has lived, and loved, and died;

And as they left us one by one,

We laid them side by side;

We laid them down to sleep,

But not in hope forlorn;

We laid them but to ripen there,

Till the last glorious morn.


The serpent's brood increase,

The powers of hell grow bold,

The conflict thickens, faith is low,

And love is waxing cold.

How long, O Lord our God,

Holy, and true, and good,

Wilt Thou not judge Thy suffering Church,

Her sighs, and tears, and blood?


We long to hear Thy voice,

To see Thee face to face,

To share Thy crown and glory then,

As now we share Thy grace.

Should not the loving bride

Her absent bridegroom mourn?

Should she not wear the signs of grief

Until her Lord return?


The whole creation groans,

And waits to hear that voice

That shall her beauteousness restore,

And make her wastes rejoice.

Come, Lord, and wipe away

The curse, the sin, the stain,

And make this blighted world of ours

Thine own fair world again.

Hymn #961