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Hymn 265

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1 How long, O Lord our Saviour,
Wilt thou remain away?
Our hearts are sometimes weary
That thou dost absent stay;
Oh! when shall come the moment,
When brighter far than morn,
The sunshine of thy glory
Shall Israel adorn?
2 How long, O gracious Master,
Wilt thou thy household leave?
So long hast thou now tarried,
Few thy return believe:
Immersed in sloth and folly,
The people, Lord, we see;
And few of us stand ready
With joy to welcome thee.
3 How long, O heavenly Bridegroom,
How long wilt thou delay?
And yet how few are grieving,
That thou dost absent stay;
How many have their portion
And calling high forgot;
And seek for ease and glory
Where thou, their Lord, art not.
4 Oh! wake thy slumbering virgins,
Send forth the solemn cry!
Let all thy saints repeat it:
The Bridegroom draweth nigh!
May all our lamps be burning,
Our loins well girded be:
Each longing heart preparing
With joy to welcome thee.

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Last Updated on : Sunday, November 30, 2014