1 O eyes that are weary, and hearts that are sore,
Look only to Jesus, now sorrow no more!
The light of His countenance shineth so bright,
That here, as in heaven, there need be no night.
2 While looking to Jesus, my heart cannot fear;
I tremble no more when I see Jesus near;
I know that His presence my safeguard will be,
For, "Why are ye troubled?" He saith unto me.
3 Still looking to Jesus, O may I be found,
When Jordan's dark waters encompass me round:
They bear me away in His presence to be;
I see Him still nearer whom always I see.
4 Then, then shall I know the full beauty and grace
Of Jesus, my Lord, when I stand face to face;
Shall know how His love went before me each day,
And wonder that ever my eyes turned away.
Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #549a
O eyes that are weary, and hearts that are sore. [Faith in Jesus.] This hymn is sometimes attributed to J. N. Darby, with varying dates, the earliest being 1822; but we have found no certain evidence of his authorship, and must leave it in doubt. The earliest date to which we have traced it is 1858, when it appeared in the American Sabbath Hymn Book and Miss Warner's Hymns of the Church Militant simultaneously. Its use is almost entirely confined to America, and in later collections the text is much altered. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)