O eyes that are weary, and hearts that are sore

O eyes that are weary, and hearts that are sore

Author: Horatius R. Palmer
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1 O eyes that are weary, and hearts that are sore,
Look all unto Jesus, now sorrow no more;
The light of His countenance shineth so bright,
That here, as in Heaven, there need be no night.

2 While looking to Jesus, my heart cannot fear,
I tremble no more when I see Jesus near,
I know that His presence my safe-guard will be,
For, "Why are you troubled?" He saith unto me.

3 Still looking to Jesus, oh, may I be found,
When Jordan's dark waters encompass me round;
They bear me away in His presence to be
I see him still nearer whom always I see.

4 Thee, then shall I know the full beauty and grace
Of Jesus, my Lord, when I stand face to face
Shall know how His love went before me each day,
And wonder that ever my eyes turned away.

Source: The New Praiseworthy for the Church and Sunday School #303

Author: Horatius R. Palmer

Palmer, Horatio Richmond, MUS. DOC, was born April 26, 1834. He is the author of several works on the theory of music; and the editor of some musical editions of hymnbooks. To the latter he contributed numerous tunes, some of which have attained to great popularity, and 5 of which are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos, London, 1881. His publications include Songs of Love for the Bible School; and Book of Anthems, the combined sale of which has exceeded one million copies. As a hymnwriter he is known by his "Yield not to temptation," which was written in 1868, and published in the National Sunday School Teachers' Magazine, from which it passed, with music by the author, into his Songs of Love, &c, 1874, and other collections. In A… Go to person page >

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First Line: O eyes that are weary, and hearts that are sore
Author: Horatius R. Palmer


O eyes that are weary, and hearts that are sore. [Faith in Jesus.] This hymn is sometimes attributed to J. N. Darby, with varying dates, the earliest being 1822; but we have found no certain evidence of his authorship, and must leave it in doubt. The earliest date to which we have traced it is 1858, when it appeared in the American Sabbath Hymn Book and Miss Warner's Hymns of the Church Militant simultaneously. Its use is almost entirely confined to America, and in later collections the text is much altered. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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