O, I have wandered far,
Good Lord Thou knowest well
The heights of pride my feet have trod,
The awful depths of hell;
Now sore at heart, and sick of sin,
O Lord in mercy take me in.
I thought when shone the day
The light would cloudless last,
That stars would shine when darkness fell,
And morn when night was past;
But foolish hopes were quenchèd soon,
And starless night came on at noon.
But I have found Thy gate,
All footsore and distressed,
And lo, I stand and boldly knock,
For fain I'd be at rest;
Good Lord, in mercy take me in,
All sore at heart and sick of sin.
Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1857, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:—
1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >