Long my spirit pined in sorrow

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1 Long my spirit pined in sorrow,
Watching, waiting all in vain;
Waiting for the golden morrow,
Free from worldly care and pain.
When I heard a sweet voice saying,
In the accents of a friend,
Cheer up, brother; "Keep on praying,"
Keep on praying to the end.

2 Ye who sigh for holy pleasures,
Ye who mourn your load of sin,
"Keep on praying;" heav'nly treasures
In the end you're sure to win.
Wrestle with the Lord of glory,
Lay your treasures at his feet;
Plead with faith in Calvary's story,
Till your joys are all complete.

Source: Joy to the World: or, sacred songs for gospel meetings #97

Author: Mary A. Kidder

Mary Ann Pepper Kidder USA 1820-1905. Born at Boston, MA, she was a poet, writing from an early age. She went blind at age 16, but miraculously recovered her sight the following year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1844 she married Ellis Usher Kidder, a music publisher, working for the firm founded by his brother, Andrew, and they had three children: Mary Frances, Edward, and Walter. That year they moved to Charlestown, MA, and in 1857 to New York City. When the American Civil War broke out, Ellis enlisted in the 4th Regiment as a private. Mustered in for two years of service, he died of disease in 1862, six days after participating in the Battle of Antietam. Left alone, with three children to care for, her… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Long my spirit pined in sorrow
Author: Mary A. Kidder
Refrain First Line: When our wayward thoughts are straying
Copyright: Public Domain



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