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Not So in Haste, My Heart

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1 Not so in haste my heart!
Have faith in God, and wait;
Although He linger long,
He never comes too late.

2 He never cometh late;
He knoweth what is best;
Vex not thyself in vain;
Until He cometh, rest.

3 Until He cometh, rest,
Nor grudge the hours that roll;
The feet that wait for God
Are soonest at the goal.

4 Are soonest at the goal
That is not gained with speed;
Then hold thee still, my heart,
For I shall wait His lead.

Author: Bradford Torrey

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Text Information

First Line: Not so in haste, my heart
Title: Not So in Haste, My Heart
Author: Bradford Torrey (ca. 1875)
Language: English
Article: A Perfect Hymn for Advent by Simon B. Parker (from The Hymn)


Not so in haste, my heart. [Trust in God.] Dr. W. G. Horder's note on this hymn, in his revised ed. of The Treasury of American Sacred Song, 1900, p. 367, is:—

”Wait [i.e. this hymn] has been attributed to Bayard Taylor, but I am in some doubt whether it is actually from his pen. I do not find it in his works. It appeared in the Boston Transcript about twenty years ago, signed B. T., which may or may not have stood for Bayard Taylor."

We may add that in the American Pilgrim Hymnal, 1904, it is given to Bayard Taylor, and dated 1870, but we have failed to find it in any of his works.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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