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Scarce Discerning Aught Before Us

Scarce discerning aught before us

Author: George H. Bourne (1861)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Scarce discerning aught before us,
On our weary way we go;
But one guiding Star is o’er us,
Beaming forth the way to show.

2 Watch we, pray we, let us sink not
Journeying on while yet we can;
At a moment when we think not
Shall we meet the Son of Man.

3 See! e’en now the east is brightening;
See! the cloud of gloom is riven;
See! a flash more swift than lightning
Gleaming all athwart the Heaven.

4 Christ hath come—oh, joy and wonder!
Clothed in majesty sublime,
Glorious as the Son of Thunder
Saw Him in the olden time.

5 Hark, the trumpets’ note is pealing;
All the dead it summoneth,
Endless life to some revealing,
But to some—the second death.

6 Lo! a form earth from ariseth,
Pure and lovely, who is she?
She it is whom Jesu prizeth,
’Tis the Church, whose spouse is He.

7 See the robes of dazzling brightness
That adorn the glorious bride;
God hath clothed her in the whiteness
Of the saints all purified.

9 Hark! she hails Him: "Thou that savest,
Thy salvation draweth nigh;
With the children that Thou gavest,
Jesu, Bridegroom, here am I."

9 White robed bands of His redeemèd
Stand around her by the throne;
Sorrowful on earth they seemèd,
Now their great reward is shown:

10 For with joy how passing fervent
Each doth hear the gracious voice—
"Come, thou good and faithful servant,
Come, and evermore rejoice."

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10674

Author: George H. Bourne

Bourne, George Hugh, D.C.L., son of Rev. R. B. Bourne, born at St. Paul's Cray, Kent, 8th Nov. 1840, and educated at Eton, and O. C. C, Oxford, graduating B.A., 1863; B.C.L., 1866; and D.C.L. 1871. Taking Holy Orders in 1863, he became Curate of Sandford-on-Thames, 1863. He was afterwards Head Master of Chardstock College, and is now (1886) Warden of the same school, which has been transferred to St. Edmund's, Salisbury. Dr. Bourne has written the following hymns:— 1. Scarce discerning aught before us. General, Written in Switzerland in 1861, and published in Lyra Messianica, 1864, p. 17, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and repeated in the Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns, 1869, in an abbreviated fo… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Scarce discerning aught before us
Title: Scarce Discerning Aught Before Us
Author: George H. Bourne (1861)
Source: Lyra Messianica by Orby Shipley (London: Longman, Green, Longman, roberts & Green, 1864)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #10674
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The Cyber Hymnal #10674

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