1 Has the time been long since in agony,
Unto God your heart first cried
For your wand'ring boy, who had strayed afar
From a loving mother's side?
Has your courage failed as the years have flown,
With your boy unsaved? yet still pray on.
Pray on, pray on, fond heart, pray on,
God will hear your pray'r for your wandering one;
Tho' the years have been long, do not despair,
God will answer a mother's pray'r.
2 It is not in vain you have called to Him,
And your faithful vigil kept;
He has heard your cry, and has seen your tears,
As in anguish you have wept,
You shall reap in joy, tho' in tears you've sown,
Let your faith hold fast, and still pray on. [Chorus]
3 For His word is true, and His heart is kind,
Tho' His answer seems delayed;
In His own good way, in His own good time,
Thou shalt see His pow'r displayed;
For the night will fade, and the morning dawn,
Then in patience wait, and still pray on. [Chorus]
Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by."
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