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Come, Lord Jesus

The church has waited long

Author: Horatius Bonar
Published in 97 hymnals

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1 The Church has waited long
Her absent Lord to see;
And still in loneliness she waits,
A friendless stranger she.

2 How long, O Lord our God,
Holy and true and good,
Wilt thou not judge thy suffering Church,
Her sighs and tears and blood?

3 Saint after saint on earth,
Has lived and loved and died;
And as they left us, one by one,
We laid them side by side.

4 We laid them down to sleep,
But not in hope forlorn;
We left them but to slumber there,
Till the last glorious morn.

5 We long to hear thy voice,
To see thee face to face,
To share thy crown and glory then,
As now we share thy grace.

6 Come, Lord, and wipe away
The curse, the sin, the stain,
And make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #815

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

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First Line: The church has waited long
Title: Come, Lord Jesus
Author: Horatius Bonar
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Church has waited long. H. Bonar. [Advent.] Published in the Bible Hymn Book, 1845, No. 299, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, with the refrain "Come then, Lord Jesus, come." It was repeated in the 3rd edition of the author's Songs for the Wilderness, Kelso, 1850, p. 39, and again in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1857, p. 31. It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America, sometimes without the refrain.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #796
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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #217

The Baptist Hymnal #650


The Cyber Hymnal #796

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