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Waiting by the wayside

Waiting by the wayside

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Tune: [Waiting by the wayside]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Waiting by the wayside
For the coming Master,
List’ning for his footsteps drawing nigh;
All is dark and dreary,
Waiting, sad and weary,
Help me, Jesus, Master; hear, oh, hear my cry.

Open thou mine eyes,
Open thou mine eyes
To thy rays of healing streaming from the skies;
Open thou mine eyes,
Open thou mine eyes,
Mercy now is streaming from the sunlit skies.

2 Waiting now no longer,
Faith is growing stronger,
With the gracious Master standing near;
What is this glad greeting?
Hasten to the meeting!
Mercy now is streaming from the sunlit skies. [Refrain]

3 In my sin and sorrow
Courage I will borrow
From this sweet old story of his grace;
Looking on my Saviour,
Trusting in his favor,
Now my eyes, long darkened, see his smiling face. [Refrain]

Source: Joyful Sound: a collection of new hymns and music with familiar selections #122

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

Pseudonym: Li­die H. Ed­munds. Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Waiting by the wayside
Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Refrain First Line: Open thou mine eyes


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