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Only Wait

Oft I hear a gentle whisper over me stealing

Author: L. B. Haines
Tune: [Oft I hear a gentle whisper o'er me stealing]
Published in 11 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Oft I hear a gentle whisper o’er me stealing,
When my trials and my burdens seem too great;
Like the sweet voiced-bells of evening softly pealing,
It is saying to my spirit, Only wait.

Only wait; again I hear that whisper,
Only wait, ‘twill not be very long;
Even now the Father’s hand is leading,
Soon with Jesus we will sing the victor’s song.

2 When I cannot understand my Father’s leading,
And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate,
Still I hear that heav’nly whisper ever pleading:
God is faithful, God is working, only wait. [Chorus]

3 When the promise seems to linger, long delaying,
And I tremble lest perhaps it come too late,
Still I hear that sweet-voiced angel ever saying:
Tho’ it tarry, it is coming, only wait. [Chorus]

4 When I see the wicked prosper in their sinning,
And the righteous pressed by many a cruel strait,
I remember this is only the beginning,
And I whisper to my spirit, Only wait. [Chorus]

5 Oh! how little soon will seem our hardest sorrow,
And how trifling is our present brief estate;
Could we see it in the light of heav’n’s tomorrow,
Oh, how easy it would be for us to wait. [Chorus]

6 I have chosen my eternal portion yonder,
I am pressing hard to reach yon heav’nly gate;
And tho’ oft along the way I weep and wonder,
Still I hear that heav’nly whisper, Only wait. [Chorus]

Source: Light and Life Songs No. 3 #87

Author: L. B. Haines

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Text Information

First Line: Oft I hear a gentle whisper over me stealing
Title: Only Wait
Author: L. B. Haines
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Only wait, again I hear that whisper
Copyright: Public Domain



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Hymns of the Christian Life #327

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