Lord, When Wilt Thou Extend Thy Sway

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1 Lord, when wilt Thou extend Thy sway
O’er every human heart?
When wilt Thou take the veil away,
And bid the gloom depart?

2 Behold how thick a cloud is spread
Over this world of woe;
How sin lifts up her shameless head,
And reigns with pompous show.

3 See how degraded and forlorn
Thy church on earth appears;
While foes insult with bitter scorn,
And triumph in her tears.

4 Arise, O Lord, lift up Thy hand,
And break the hearts of stone;
Thy conquests spread, till every land
Thy saving love shall own.

5 Let grace light up the utmost bound
Of Satan’s dark domain;
And sinners at the Gospel sound,
Awake to life again.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9547

Author: William H. Bathurst

Bathurst, William Hiley , M.A., son of the Rt. Hon. Charles Bragge (afterwards Bathurst) some time M.P. for Bristol, born at Clevedale, near Bristol, Aug. 28, 1796, and educated at Winchester, and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1818. From 1820 to 1852 he held the Rectory of Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds. Resigning the Rectory in the latter year, through his inability to reconcile his doctrinal views with the Book of Common Prayer, he retired into private life, and died at Lydney Park, Gloucestershire, Nov. 25, 1877. His works include, The Georgics of Virgil: Translated by W. H. B., 1849; Metrical Musings; or, Thoughts on Sacred Subjects in Verse, 1849; and Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, 1831 (2nd ed. 1842). This last… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, when wilt Thou extend Thy sway
Title: Lord, When Wilt Thou Extend Thy Sway
Author: William H. Bathurst
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Source: Psalms and Hymns, 1831
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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EVAN (Havergal)

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