34. Earth was waiting, spent and restless

1 Earth was waiting, spent and restless,
with a mingled hope and fear,
faithful men and women praying,
'Surely, Lord, the day is near:
the Desire of all the nations —
it is time he should appear!'

2 Then the Spirit of the Highest
to a virgin meek came down,
and he burdened her with blessing,
and he pained her with renown;
for she bore the Lord's anointed
for his cross and for his crown.

3 Earth has groaned and laboured for him
since the ages first began,
for in him was hid the secret
which through all the ages ran —
Son of Mary, Son of David,
Son of God, and Son of Man.

Text Information
First Line: Earth was waiting, spent and restless
Author: Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 87 87 87
Scripture: ;
Topic: Advent; Annunciation; Church Year: Advent (4 more...)
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: d minor
Source: French carol melody
Copyright: Harmonisation: From The English Hymnal, 1906, Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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