A sinner lamenting the delay of divine grace

Long have I walked this dreary road

Author: Nathan Strong
Published in 11 hymnals

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1 Long have I walked this dreary road,
Beset with darkness round;
Nor seen nor heard a smiling God,
Nor one bright moment found.

2 Others, who once did join my speech,
And mourned in painful lay,
Now mounting up with rapture, stretch
To seize the heavenly day.

3 Far left behind to feel my woe,
With hardened heart to groan,
Each prayer, each struggle sinks me low,
Each breath repeats my moan.

4 The lengthened day, the gloomy night,
Draw fast the bands of grief;
Sometimes despair o'erclouds my sight,
And says, there's no relief.

5 Then conscience thunders, Sinai flames,
I try again to rise;
The trial fails, and conscience blames
My prayers, my tears, my cries.

6 If hope perchance a moment gleams,
And says, Christ's blood was split;
My heart of sin beclouds the beams,
And seals my death and guilt.

7 'Tis thus perplexed, forlorn and lost,
I spend my weary days;
No Jesus comes my hopes are crossed,
While others sing and praise.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: Nathan Strong

Strong, Nathan, D.D., a leading Congregational divine of his day, was born at Coventry, Connecticut, Oct. 16, 1748, and educated at Yale College, where he graduated in 1769. He first studied law, but soon turned his attention to the ministry. In January 1774 he became the Pastor of the First Congregational Church at Hartford, and remained there to his death in 1816. In 1796 he won much repute through his essay on The Doctrine of Eternal Misery consistent with the Infinite Benevolence of God. He founded The Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, in 1800, and also took a prominent part in establishing the Connecticut Home Mission Society in 1801. His degree of D.D. was conferred by the University of Princeton. His services to American hymnology, a… Go to person page >

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First Line: Long have I walked this dreary road
Title: A sinner lamenting the delay of divine grace
Author: Nathan Strong
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Hymns for Christian Melody #257

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Revival Hymns #34

Revival Hymns. 4th ed. #d67

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CLXIX

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CLXIX

Village Hymns #d309

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