O Savior, is thy promise fled?Author: Reginald Heber
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1 O Savior! Is Thy promise fled?
Nor longer may Thy grace endure,
To heal the sick, and raise the dead,
And preach Thy Gospel to the poor?
2 Come, Jesus! Come, return again:
With brighter beams Thy servants bless,
Who long to hail Thy perfect reign,
And share Thy kingdom’s happiness.
3 A feeble race, by passion driven,
In darkness and in doubt we roam,
And lift our anxious eyes to Heaven,
Our hope, our harbor, and our home.
4 Come, Jesus! come; and as of yore,
Thy prophet went to clear the way,
A harbinger Thy feet before,
A dawning to Thy brighter day.
5 So, ere again we see Thy face,
Our stony hearts for truth prepare;
Sow in our souls the seed of grace,
Then come and reap Thy harvest there.
Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9589
O Saviour, is Thy promise fled? Bishop R. Heber. [Advent.] This is the third of the four hymns contributed by Heber to the October number of the Christian Observer, 1811. It was given for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, and consisted of 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 10, it is slightly altered and expanded to 6 stanzas of 4 lines, the new stanza being "Yet, 'mid the wild and wintry gale." It is in common use in its full form as in Thring's Collection, 1882, and in an abbreviated form as in Common Praise, 1879. There are also two centos, both beginning "Come, Jesus, come, return again," the first, in the American Unitarian Hymns for the Church of Christ, Boston, 1853, and others, consisting of stanzas ii.-iv. of the 1827 text; and the second in the Islington Psalms & Hymns, 1862, No. 270, where stanzas ii, v., vi. are given. The latter arrangement is also repeated in other collections. The original hymn is based upon the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, St. Matt. xi. 2-10.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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