The church has waited longAuthor: 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
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)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #217||The church has waited long||The church has waited long||GARDEN CITY||1985|
|The Cyber Hymnal #796||The Church Has Waited Long||The Church has waited long||GARDEN CITY||Horatius Bonar||SM||<cite>Bible Hymn Book</cite>, 1845|