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1 O Son of God, we wait for Thee,
We look for Thine appearing;
We bear Thy name, and on the throne,
We see Thy presence cheering.
Faith even now uplifts its brow,
And sees the Lord descending,
And with Him bliss unending.
2 We wait for Thee, through days forlorn,
In patient self-denial;
We know that Thou our grief hast borne
Upon Thy cross of trial.
And well may we submit with Thee
To bear the cross and love it,
Until Thy hand remove it.
3 We wait for Thee; already Thou
Hast all our heart’s submission;
And though the spirit sees Thee now,
We long for open vision;
When ours shall be sweet rest with Thee,
And pure unfading pleasure,
And life in endless measure.
4 We wait for Thee in certain hope—
The time will soon be over;
With childlike longing we look up,
The glory to discover.
O, bliss! to share Thy triumph there,
When home with joy and singing,
The Lord His saints is bringing!
Burns, James Drummond, M.A., was born at Edinburgh, February 18, 1823. He studied and graduated M.A. at the University of Edinburgh. In 1845 he became Free Church minister of Dunblane, but resigned through failing health, in 1848, and took charge of the Presbyterian Church at Funchal, Madeira. In 1855 he became minister of Hampstead Presbyterian Church, London. Died at Mentone, Nov. 27, 1864, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery, London.
His hymns appeared in:—
(l) The Vision of Prophecy: and other Poems (Edin., Edmonston and Douglas). This was originally published in 1854, and enlarged in 1858. The Poems are distinguished by vivid colouring and poetic imagination, along with directness, delicacy of execution, pensive sweetness, and t… Go to person page >
Author: Philipp Friedrich Hiller
Hiller, Philipp Friedrich, son of Johann Jakob Hiller, pastor at Mühlhausen on the the Enz, Württemberg, was born at Mühlhausen, Jan. 6, 1699. He was educated at the clergy training schools at Denkendorf (under J. A. Bengel) and Maulbronn, and the University of Tübingen (M.A. 1720). His first clerical appointment was as assistant at Brettach, near Neckarsulm, 1724-27. He afterwards held similar posts at Hessigheim and elsewhere, and was also, from 1729-31, a private tutor at Nürnberg. He was then, on St. Bartholomew's Day, 1732, instituted as pastor of Neckargröningen, on the Neckar, near Marbach. In 1736 he became pastor of his native place, and in 1748 pastor at Steinheim, near Heidenheim. In his third year of residence at Steinheim… Go to person page >