1 When Jesus in the temple stay'd,
When he was but a youth;
And there his fathers will obey'd:
To hear and teach the truth.
2 He was by his dear mother sought,
Who felt herself forlorn!
She sought him, but she found him not,
Which caused her to mourn.
3 She sought him first among the friends
And hop'd him there to see;
but Jesus not always attends
Where he is thought to be.
4 But when, like Mary we pursue
To seek him where his is:
Like Mary we shall find him too,
And know his offices.
5 He came to do his fathers will
And make salvation known;
The plan and order to reveal
In which it must be done.
6 Could I like Mary, feel distress'd
When absent from this face;
My soul could never be at rest
Till I could feel his grace.
7 Then, like as Mary I should find
My comforts all renew'd:
Faith, hope, and joy and peace of mind,
And union with my God.
|First Line:||When Jesus in the temple stay'd|
|Topic:||First Sunday after Epiphany|