|Text:||When Darkness Long Has Veiled My Mind|
|Composer:||John Bacchus Dykes|
1 When darkness long has veiled my mind,
And smiling day once more appears;
Then, my Redeemer, then I find
The folly of my doubts and fears.
2 Strait I upbraid my wandering heart,
And blush that I should ever be
Thus prone to act so base a part,
Or harbor one hard thought of Thee!
3 Oh! let me then at length be taught
What I am still so slow to learn;
That God is love, and changes not,
Nor knows the shadow of a turn.
4 Sweet truth, and easy to repeat!
But when my faith is sharply tried
I find myself a learner yet,
Unskillful, weak, and apt to slide.
5 But, O my Lord, one look from Thee
Subdues the disobedient will;
Drives doubt and discontent away,
And Thy rebellious worm is still.
6 Thou art as ready to forgive,
As I am ready to repine;
Thou, therefore all the praise receive,
Be shame and self-abhorrence mine.
|First Line:||When darkness long has veiled my mind|
|Title:||When Darkness Long Has Veiled My Mind|
|Source:||Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 3|
|Notes:||Alternate tunes: FOREST by Amzi Chapin, 1823; IOSCO from an old German chorale; LUTHER'S CHANT by Heinrich C. Zeuner; MISSIONARY CHANT by Heinrich C. Zeuner; THERON by Luther O. Emerson; ZEPHYR by William B. Bradbury|
|Composer:||John Bacchus Dykes (1866)|
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