12784. The Christian Graces

1 Let us learn the Christian graces,
As we walk the heavenly road,
Mark the pathway each one traces,
Upward to the blest abode.
He who loves must learn forbearance,
He who gains must suffer loss;
Tribulation worketh patience,
Patience meekly bears the cross.

For the love we owe to Jesus,
For the love He has bestowed,
Let us learn the Christian graces,
As we walk the heav’nly road.

2 Patience still the cross upbearing,
Lowly at its foot we bow,
Sinful, trembling, weeping, fearing—
Faith has crowned with flowers its brow!
Lo! its beauty now discerning,
Virtue adds another wreath;
And its growing glories learning,
Knowledge hangs some fruits beneath. [Refrain\

Temperance has brought her lilies,
Spotless white to wind around—
Patience with her burden smiling,
Plants its foot upon the ground;
Sweet experience now shall aid her
To sustain the lighter load;
While fond hope inspires new vigor,
Pointing to the blest abode. [Refrain]

4 Now in songs of loud hosannas,
Lift our voices heavenward;
Lo! what wondrous grace advances?
"Holiness, unto the Lord!"
Godliness, her name—Oh hear it!—
Welcome, loveliest sister here!
Godliness, in life and spirit,
Godliness in faith and prayer. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Let us learn the Christian graces
Title: The Christian Graces
Author: Theodore J. Price
Refrain First Line: For the love we owe to Jesus
Meter: 87.87.87 D
Language: English
Source: The River of Life by Henry S. Perkins and Warren Bentley (New York: Oliver Ditson, 1873)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: William Warren Bentley
Meter: 87.87.87 D
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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