Jesus, thy Church with longing eyes
Jesus, thy Church with longing eyes. William Hiley Bathurst* (1796-1877).
This was first published in Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use (1831, ‘By W.H. Bathurst, M.A., Rector of Barwick in Elmet’), with the title ‘Second Coming of Christ’. It had six 4-line stanzas:
Jesus, Thy Church, with longing eyes, For Thy expected coming waits; When will the promised light arise, And glory beam from Zion’s gates?
Even now, when tempests round us fall, And wintry clouds o’ercast the sky; Thy words with pleasure we recall, And deem that our redemption’s nigh.
Come, gracious Lord, our hearts renew, Our foes repel, our wrongs redress; Man’s rooted enmity subdue, And crown thy...
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