The church has waited long

The church has waited long

Author: Horatius Bonar
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1. The Church has waited long
Her absent Lord to see;
And still in loneliness she waits,
A friendless stranger she.

2. Age after age has gone,
Sun after sun has set,
And still, in weeds of widowhood,
She weeps, a mourner yet.

3. 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.

4. We laid them down to sleep,
But not in hope forlorn—
We laid them but to ripen there
Till the last glorious morn.

5. The serpent’ s brood increase,
The powers of hell grow bold,
The conflict thickens, faith is low,
And love is waxing cold.

6. How long, O Lord our God,
Holy and true and good,
Wilt Thou not judge Thy suffering church,
Her sighs and tears and blood?

7. 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.

8. Should not the loving bride
The absent Bridegroom mourn?
Should she not wear the weeds of grief
Until her Lord return?

9. Come, Lord, and wipe away
The curse, the sin, the stain,
And make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #796

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

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Author: Horatius Bonar


The Church has waited long. H. Bonar. [Advent.] Published in the Bible Hymn Book, 1845, No. 299, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, with the refrain "Come then, Lord Jesus, come." It was repeated in the 3rd edition of the author's Songs for the Wilderness, Kelso, 1850, p. 39, and again in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1857, p. 31. It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America, sometimes without the refrain.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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